Monthly Archives: November 2015

Syria and Labour MPs with a conscience

If Labour MPs have a conscientious objection to war, to all military action on grounds of principle, they should vote against bombing in Syria whatever Jeremy Corbyn or the whips have got to say. If their conscience had only been … Continue reading

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Livingstone and 7/7

The terrorists who planted the bombs were responsible for the deaths in London in 2005, not Tony Blair, but Blair knowingly put them in harms’ way. He had been told that his support for the invasion of Iraq increased the … Continue reading

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Syria – where is the ‘strategy’?

  For weeks Cameron has trailed a speech that would set out a comprehensive strategy for Syria, and for tackling Isis. He delivered that today and in a piece of party loyalty, or toadying, Crispin Blunt from the Foreign Affairs … Continue reading

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Air Strikes, then Ground Troops

Don’t anyone say they couldn’t see it coming. Cameron’s soon-to-be-announced grand ‘strategy’ for the defeat of ISIS (ISIL) will demand an extension of the bombing from Iraq to Syria but everyone knows that air power will not win the war. … Continue reading

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Bullets and bombs, Paris and Syria

Another indefensible slaughter in Paris but different just the same from the attack on Charlie Hebdo. Hebdo was an attack on free speech, on the core commitments of a free society. The murderous onslaught in Paris yesterday was an extension … Continue reading

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Debt, the Devil and Adair Turner

Adair Turner was in Bristol on Wednesday (11th Nov) for a Festival of Economics to talk about the financial crash, continuing stagnation, and possible ways of reviving the economy. ‘Between Debt and the Devil’ attributes the crash to rising levels … Continue reading

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