GE2017: Thought experiments on what lies ahead | White Men Dancing the Podcast

Welcome to the first White Men Dancing Podcast! Each week between now and the election Maurice Mcleod and Kiri Kankhwende try and make sense of what on earth is going on. In this first episode we talk about how the campaign is going, we ask whether the result is a forgone conclusion, we lament Diane… Read More

General Election: Seven weeks to save Britain

By Maurice Mcleod  So Theresa May has done it. After saying the country needed stability and that she would let Parliament run its course, she’s had her head turned by positive opinion polls and she’s going for a land-grab general election on 8 June. With all theatre she is becoming known for, she announced on the… Read More

Jeremy Corbyn and the problem with leaders

by Maurice Mcleod  Leaders make me nervous. If you believe you are the person who knows the way forward, who should lead your peers and speak for the masses you should probably not be allowed anywhere near power. This nervousness is why I ultimately want direct democracy with people regaining real power over their lives.… Read More

How to Politicise a Murder

According to the press and politicians, “the State” must be kept safe from public opinion by Cameron De Chi Simon Jenkins’ declaration in the Guardian that social media urgently needs a “policing regime” should make chilling reading for everyone. Even after Thomas Mair was confirmed to have links to the far right, politicians, journalists and public intellectuals have found a way… 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

Jeremy Corbyn: One of Them, or One of Us?

by Shane Thomas Anyone remember, “I agree with Nick”? Come on, it wasn’t that long ago. Have a think… yeah, that’s right, April 2010. This guy. I knew you’d remember. For what ended up as little more than a political intermezzo, Nick Clegg briefly threatened to have a transformative effect on British politics. While that… Read More