Category The State of the Labour Party

Might Labour be the Force to Renew UK Politics ?

Our democratic politics isn’t working and, in my view, its dysfunction is one of the major causes of our present national crisis.

In so many ways, our political structures and democratic processes – not just here in the UK, but manifestly in other countries too – are under attack and also in question. We have to… Continue reading Might Labour be the Force to Renew UK Politics ?

Songs from our Seclusion (congratulations, Keir Starmer)

What can poetry offer our enforced Corona seclusion, this locked-in time of question, tension, upset and loss, this desert time ?

In some eras and cultures, poetry has played and still plays a major role in the community’s life. In others, barely… Continue reading Songs from our Seclusion (congratulations, Keir Starmer)

Britain’s Return to Health

 

I want to talk about the British Labour Party which – despite everything – still occupies the ground I look to for the beginning of this nation’s regeneration and return to health.

But “ground” is one thing ; the withered and stunted vegetation I see presently over-running and littering… Continue reading Britain's Return to Health

High Noon is Nearly Upon Us. Where’s the Sheriff ?

Around the world, the hoodlums and outlaws are running amok, in their suits of armour made of lies. By contrast, the sheriffs seem downcast, overwhelmed and on the run. I feel downcast and overwhelmed, too. Might it mean that I’m a sheriff, in disguise ? But there is no star in my cupboard.

The picture I… Continue reading High Noon is Nearly Upon Us. Where's the Sheriff ?

The Casting of the Parrot’s Vote

And this piece was written on election night, a second night of pause and waiting, with the chill moon again prominent and beautiful overhead. We walked home after casting our votes, our act tiny power, our tiny power of action. We had done what we could, and put our very… Continue reading The Casting of the Parrot's Vote

The Parrot Looks Up at the Moon

I wrote this stanza the night before the UK General Election on December 12th. In my part of the country, the moon was very clear that cold December night, and had been for several nights. If not full, then very nearly so.

The electorate had a profoundly disheartening choice and a… Continue reading The Parrot Looks Up at the Moon

UK Election – Parrot Prognosis

Thinking of the election due later this coming week, and of the likeliest result, I fear for the parrot. “He speaks all languages aptly,” wrote Skelton, implying that the parrot hears everything and can keep nothing out. So what will be swirling about in his brain by Friday morning ?… Continue reading UK Election - Parrot Prognosis

The Parrot from on High Speaks of Democracy

As our General Election continues, and in the light of much of its content, we might ask this question : what is the difference between an election and an auction ?

Answer 1 : at an auction, cheats need to be more careful than at an election, as we punters get… Continue reading The Parrot from on High Speaks of Democracy

The Parrot Views the Earth from Afar

The UK General Election presently in progress begs the question whether there is any difference in quality of democratic process between a Referendum and an Election.

Both seem to involve a lot of lying at high volume, a lot of propaganda ditto, and various other forms of manipulation and trickery –… Continue reading The Parrot Views the Earth from Afar

The Parrot Reports on the Launch of a Toad

What’s that I see up there in the sky ? Is it a bird ? Is it a plane ? oh no ! It’s a high-flying, high-lying Hoodlum Toad !

Just as I was uploading this, it was being reported that the Toad was going to press for a December General… Continue reading The Parrot Reports on the Launch of a Toad

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