Priti Patel replaces Foreign Aid with Bribery Budget

by Maurice Mcleod To say Britain has a troubled foreign policy history is like saying Brock Turner has a dubious history on women’s issues. As the Empire unravelled and turned into Commonwealth, old colonial methods for extracting resources from some of the poorest nations on Earth to furnish the UK’s wealth changed to stealthier trade… Read More

Time to stand together and face down those who would divide us

by Maurice Mcleod  Britain, we are constantly told, prides itself on its tolerance and fair mindedness. In the immediate aftermath of the vote to leave the European Union, that pride has been shaken to the core and tolerance seems in short supply. The racists and xenophobes we always knew were there have felt buoyed and… Read More

Tory blue-on-blue battle is just a sideshow

by Maurice Mcleod  Last week, Parliament was closed for the Whitsun recess, so this column had a break – but the white men were dancing away even more frenetically than ever. The EU ‘neverendum’ continues to dominate the political news coverage, and therefore the minds of many politicians. What should be a national debate on… Read More

Pomp, ceremony and hypocrisy

by Maurice Mcleod In a move that will have Nigel Farage fearing a left-wing conspiracy to “rub our noses in diversity”, Black Rod bashed on the doors of Parliament and demanded our representatives go to the House of Lords and listen to an old lady read out David Cameron’s plans for the year. It was… Read More

TTIP springs a leak and heads for the rocks

by Maurice Mcleod  The snappily-named Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) has been in the offing for three years but despite there being a wealth of information about the deal, most people have little idea what it is or what it could mean for them personally. Its deliberately dull name and the even duller way it… Read More

Behind the Privileged Privacy Curtain

by Maurice Mcleod  The financial world of the rich and famous is a murky one, with powerful individuals and corporations carrying out countless shady acts to obscure their wealth from the rest of us. Have you ever noticed how the richer people are the less likely they are to mention their money? Salaries and inheritance… Read More

Robbing disabled Peter to pay privileged Paul

by Maurice Mcleod Gorgeous Gideon has just delivered his 8th budget. Normally, at this stage of our five-year-long ‘democratic’ cycle, chancellors feel at ease to hand out some pain knowing they have four years for the myopic electorate to forget. This time though, Osborne knew he had to curry a little favour with the referendum… Read More

White Men Dancing: We’re all cleaners

By Maurice Mcleod Cleaning the corridor For some, the revelation that black MP for Brent Central, Dawn Butler, had been mistaken for a cleaner by one of her fellow MPs came as a shock. ‘In these prim and proper days, when diversity is shoved down your throat from every angle,’ they ponder, ‘how can anyone… Read More

Strange Stains in Ferguson

by Maurice Mcleod Everyone knew it was coming. Politicians called for calm, police officers polished their armour, some black people held vigils and some white people bought guns. Yesterday a grand jury in Ferguson decided that Officer Darren Wilson had no case to answer after shooting dead unarmed black teenager Michael Brown on a Missouri… Read More

The Greatest Show on Earth

by Maurice Mcleod   Football frequently makes me a hypocrite. I’ve spent a sizeable chunk of my life thinking, writing and ranting about social justice but when it comes to football, I’m as blinkered as a Daily Mail reader. A bunch of philandering millionaires, kicking a bit of leather around, get my full-hearted backing in a… Read More