Airstrikes for Dummies

Last week David Cameron presented the case for airstrikes in Syria. He said: “Throughout Britain’s history we have been called on time and again to make the hardest of decisions in defence of our citizens and our country. Today one of the greatest threats we face to our security is the threat from Isil [Isis].” I took the report from the Guardian website. You will notice that they felt the need to explain who Isil are by adding an alternative name in brackets. This is just in case there might be some confusion. The group are also known as Daesh … Continue reading Airstrikes for Dummies

Honesty is the best policy

Tony Blair famously employed spin as a way of persuading the electorate to support his agenda. So in the run-up to the Iraq War, Blair successfully spun the intelligence to make it appear that Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction which could be deployed within 45 minutes. It was not an actual lie, but it was nothing like the truth either. David Cameron is nowhere near as sophisticated. He simply tells you what he thinks you want to hear. Before the last election, for example, when asked by David Dimbleby on Question Time if he had plans to cut … Continue reading Honesty is the best policy

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