Saturday, May 17, 2008

I'm a socialist and so is Tony... and other absurdities

It's time to have a second go at my experimental "suggest a topic" posts, where the reader gets to suggest what I post about.

Last time I had six suggestions (from four people) and I posted on them all - in fact it seemed to work rather well. So I'm having another go, if you'd like to know more about something or are curious as to what I might say on a particular subject feel free to leave a comment with your request. There are no guarantees of course, but so far we have a 100% success rate!

In the meantime here is a miscellany of links that piqued my interest in the last little bit.

  1. Cherie Blair is a socialist, and so is Tony - honest! Why does this conjure images of the last scene in Life of Brian where the guy shouts "I'm Brain... and so's my wife!"?

  2. Brian Paddick's election diary is rather funny, in an unintended sort of way.

  3. Sunny Hundal does a good job of taking apart the anti-abortion rhetoric over at comment is free. "If the case for reducing the upper time limit for abortion is so compelling, why do its supporters have to twist the facts and deceive to try to make their case?"

  4. In Italy they elected a fascist Mayor and a villainous right wing government and so we should not be surprised that not only are the political classes indulging in ethnic cleansing, the rightward moving population approves.

  5. The F Word points out that solar powered bras are not a very good idea... you'd have thought it didn't need saying, but it did.

  6. Jews Sans Frontiers takes the time to berate Alan Johnson. Thank you!
I'm looking forward to your suggestions.

16 comments:

Leftwing Criminologist said...

actually, I'm rather curious about the internal life of the green party, and particular the socialist currents within it, could you post on that?

Jim Jay said...

Gulp - OK LWC... I'd better prepare to get into trouble though!

harpymarx said...

On the time limits issue re abortion, indeed, if the evidence was compelling and straightforward then why do the anti-abortionists resort to lies.

Oh, and one of the "20 reasons for 20 wks" from Nadine Dorries is cos "David Cameron backs 20 wks". Gee whizz...'nuff reason to vote for 20 wks then...the Glorious Leader backs it. It is so extraodinary that it is hilarious....

Hope to see pro-choicers demonstrating on Tues 20th ' 5.30pm when key votes are taken.

The Brian Paddick election diary is funny. Though I do like Ken's "Campaigned like a Tory but voted like a Trot" comment to Paddick....

Duncan Money said...

The Brian Paddick diary was brilliant, after reading it you wonder what actually motivated him to stand for Mayor of London.

Could be made into a good book though.

Anonymous said...

Jim what do you think about the latest 'tory toff' campaign of the laour party in crewe?

scott redding said...

1) The aging population, the Green Party's "Citizen's Pension" and if/how the NHS can be re-oriented for services to older people (personal care, dementia)

2) A week in the life of a new Green councillor in Cambridge

Aaron Kiely said...

I really enjoy your blog and regularly check it.

As a soon-to-be member of the Green Party, can you also write something about the socialists within the party - as it would be useful to know how active the GreenLeft is.

Thanks in advance.

weggis said...

LWC said:
I'm rather curious about the internal life of the green party, and particular the socialist currents within it, could you post on that?

Aaron Kiely said:
can you also write something about the socialists within the party - as it would be useful to know how active the GreenLeft is.

Weggis says:
Yes please.

Jim Jay said...

Everyone's so keen to get me into hot water - lol - well your wishes are my commands.

Over the next week you will get two posts, one specifically on socialists in the Green Party (EW) and the other on the internal life more broadly.

I'm drafting them at the moment as these are more sensitive topics (in my position) I don't want to make a silly mistake.

Leftwing Criminologist said...

hi was wondering if i've missed the above mentioned posts - as i've been working loads recently?

Jim Jay said...

Don't worry - I've just not got them done yet. I promise i'll try harder :)

I have this extraordinary post on socialists in the Greens which is five times the length it needs to be and totally unsatisfactory and rambling - so I'm trying to knock it into shape whilst writing other things for other places at the same time...

Oh the excuses are all coming out now!

Kaihsu Tai said...

The European Union (Lisbon Treaty etc.)

sammy said...

Not sure if this is the kind of healing really needed in Iraq, but Raed in the Middle reports that the US is now contemplating building a casino in the Green Zone. thought you might be interested:

Casinos in the Green Zone
love the blog!

Peter Burden said...

Love the blog, very funny. I'd like to see your take on the Mosley case and this whole press vs privacy affair that is proving controversial in all the rags at the moment. As you can see from my blog www.peterburden.net *cough*oh-so-subtle plug*cough*, I'm rather with Mosley on this one, despite his rather strange tastes...

Jim Jay said...

Nice blog Peter thanks for drawing our attention to it [grins]

I am in the middle of writing a post on just that topic - working title "Mosley on down" - but it will appear as a guest post on Stroppyblog hopefully later today...

Anonymous said...

?