Realities

The Cummings Storm

(Image of Dominic Cummings by Radical Larry (CC BY-SA 4.0)) Due to whatever virtue (loyalty) or character flaw (obsequiousness), I was never radicalised; my politics are those of my mother, only less so – a big state social democrat with a passion for human rights. My household was intrinsically political; we ate our vegetables because not doing so was an offense to…

The UK’s Hi-Vis (but Invisible) Workforce 

(Picture Credit: https://www.flickr.com/photos/bisgovuk/9191500878) After Boris Johnson’s address last week, my phone was vibrating endlessly with messages: ‘Looks like I’m back at work tomorrow then’  ‘Social distancing is over lads’  ‘Surely we’re not being sent back yet, there’s still thousands of people dying.’ The contradictions on show in these messages are damning. The Coronavirus crisis is by no means at an end, but the…

A Bad Day For Holyrood

The Scottish Parliament does not always cover itself in glory. Yesterday saw one of its least impressive days to date. To provide some necessary context, yesterday saw the consideration of Stage 3 of the Coronavirus (Scotland) (No.2) Bill – for readers outside of Scotland, Stage 3 is the last step in Holyrood’s legislative process before a bill becomes law. This is the…

History Repeating? Revisiting Dead of Night

Opting to skip the national Vera Lynn karaoke session, my housemate and I instead chose to mark the 75th anniversary of VE day by watching a film of the period. After some deliberation, we plumped for a picture that shares its diamond anniversary with the end of the war, Ealing Studios’ Dead of Night.  This choice may at first appear strange. Dead…

OPEN LETTER: Cancel the Rent

To: The Labour Party cc: Thangam Debbonaire MP, Keir Starmer MP On the Subject of Rent and COVID-19: Across the United Kingdom, in every single one of your constituencies, there are private renters. These private renters are key workers. They are workers for the NHS, for supermarkets, across all essential services. They are the workers that you wish to centre your post-pandemic…