A guileless tribute to lift the heart

I had the most beautiful letter through the post a while back. It was addressed to “Mr Mailman” with a heart above the i where the dot is supposed to go, written in a neat, child-like hand. On the back was a picture of a sleeping cat with a toy dinosaur behind it. The dinosaur had jagged shapes coming out of its mouth, like lightning. I think the lighting was meant to represent the dinosaur’s roar. The letter itself was written on the inside of the envelope. At the top it said “stuff + cats = awesome”. Here is the … Continue reading A guileless tribute to lift the heart

Ignore the Tory PR, give Corbyn a chance

Unless you’ve been on Mars for the last week, you should know the result of the Labour Party leadership election by now. Those of us on the left are naturally very happy. I’ve even rejoined the Labour Party. It feels like I’m coming home. Winning the Labour Party election was the easy part, of course. The difficult bit will be winning over the public, who are already being subjected to a propaganda campaign of historic proportions. David Cameron tweeted: “The Labour Party is now a threat to our national security, our economic security and your family’s security.” At the same … Continue reading Ignore the Tory PR, give Corbyn a chance

Jeremy Corbyn, the Labour Party purge and the retirement age for manual workers

I was one of those people purged from the ballot before the election for the leadership of the Labour Party. This is despite the fact that I’m a life-long Labour supporter, have been a member of my Labour Club for over 30 years, and worked closely with the Labour Party candidate in our constituency in the run-up to the last election. I am a member of the Communications Workers Union, and therefore an affiliate member of the Party through my union. I’m an active trade unionist, having been a rep, and have paid the political levy through my union fees … Continue reading Jeremy Corbyn, the Labour Party purge and the retirement age for manual workers