“Magic” Genes, but Prince Harry’s still Useless at Basically Everything

[*N.B. Comments about who is Prince Harry’s biological father play up to the whole ‘genetic divine right’ discourse and biological determinism upon which the institution of monarchy is built and are completely antithetical to this piece]. Prince Harry is the very opposite of a role model. A posturing, conceited, malingering, parasitic, crass racist with an […]

‘I’m against monarchy but Prince William’s not too bad’ – Oh yes he is…

Wherever the Royals go schoolchildren are assembled to celebrate their presence, as if someone worthy of emulation were meeting them. The media bill and coo about these overgrown parasites and far too many ordinary Brits line up, led by the nose, to kiss the rod. The level of delirium in this country surrounding this family, […]

What’s the Difference between Socialism and Communism?

The terms ‘socialism’ and ‘communism’ are 2 of the most misused in public discourse, so let’s clear things up. Firstly, socialism is misapplied to what is more accurately described as ‘welfare capitalism’ or ‘when the gov’t does stuff’ (aka ‘social democracy’). This is a pretence of socialism which aims to forestall genuine working class power, […]

Blairites May Hate Corbyn, But the Feeling Isn’t Mutual: The Futility of Trying to ‘Push Labour Left’

Jeremy Corbyn has had to fight continually to remain leader of the Labour Party since he was elected with an overwhelming mandate in 2015. The right-wing of the Parliamentary Labour Party (and that’s the vast majority of it, let’s face it) have tried to undermine his leadership from inception and on more than one occasion […]

Corbyn is not Driving a Radical Movement; He’s the Cork that Contains It

A family is sitting around at home. The father-in-law feels that the others look bored, so suggests a trip to Abilene, Texas. No-one wants to go, they’re tired, the journey is long and it’s too hot to be stuck in the car. Besides, there isn’t much to do in Abilene. Despite this, they all agree […]

They’re Going Home: English Nationalism is Toxic

When they win they attack NHS ambulances, Alsatians and Ikeas, when they lose they attack their wives and girlfriends (domestic violence increases 26% when England play and 38% when they lose). Of course, being an England supporter doesn’t make you a racist, or even right-wing, but it does mean you’re rubbing shoulders with racists and […]

‘Labour: The Lesser Evil’ Fairytale, or Don’t Get Arsonists to Put out Fires

Originally published here for Red Fightback. Once upon a time there was a political party that existed solely for the benefit of the people. It gave them a welfare state and the NHS out of pure benevolence. Then along came someone called Tony Blair who slowly turned it into a bad capitalist party until it was […]

The Apprentice – Why do we Watch it?

Originally published by Consented Magazine.   We all know The Apprentice, don’t we. The show responsible for Donald Trump’s presidential campaign. The show responsible for Katie Hopkins. It has a lot to answer for.   But we still watch it, don’t we, masochists that we are. The British version has inflicted Alan Sugar upon us, with […]

The Beautiful Aim: Football and Revolution from Marseille to Manchester

Originally published by Consented Magazine.   There will be no revolution until football is routed, its stadiums razed to the ground, its players hobbled, its balls …deflated. And from its ashes there will awake and arise cohort after cohort of radicalized fans – fanatics politically now – no longer bedazzled by the resplendent distraction of rabonas, […]

Self-help as Capitalism Porn?

Originally published by Consented Magazine. As a teenager whenever my Dad gave me a lift somewhere he’d stick a self-help tape on. The likes of Zig Ziglar or Jim Rohn. He’d chuckle at all their little witticisms and look over at me – did you hear that? Hehe, did you hear that? – Yes, Dad, I’d […]