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With friends like these…

Jon Rogers / February 25, 2017 at 9:00 PM 61 views

As someone who is standing aside from UNISON positions in part with the intention of becoming more active in the Labour Party (of which I have been a member since 1980) I suppose I should be particularly interested in the…

Danegeld in Surrey?

Jon Rogers / February 9, 2017 at 2:00 PM 61 views

http://labourlist.org/2017/02/tell-us-the-truth-over-surrey-council-sweetheart-deal-62-council-leaders-demand-of-may/In the 80s, before they were quite ready to attack the municipal left, the Thatcher Government did a deal with Liverpool's Militant led Council which the Times famously denounced as "Danegeld in Liverpool".If there is a similarity 

Stand for Socialism first of all

Jon Rogers / February 8, 2017 at 5:34 PM 46 views

Today I attended a meeting of the UNISON National Executive Council (aside from meetings at the June Conference I expect that this will have been my antepenultimate meeting). At that meeting we discussed NEC motions to our Conference in June,…

Brexit is inevitably anti-working class

Jon Rogers / February 1, 2017 at 9:35 PM 307 views

Members of Parliament have voted to support Theresa May’s Brexit Bill on its second reading.This was (and is) an anti-working class measure which threatens, in particular, the rights of those workers who are citizens of other EU nations – but…

Corbyn is wrong about Article 50

Jon Rogers / January 29, 2017 at 1:33 PM 318 views

I voted twice for Jeremy Corbyn to be Leader of our Party and support his leadership, but I was disappointed to receive his email seeking to justify the decision to vote in favour of the Bill triggering Article 50 on…

So long and thanks for all the fish…

Jon Rogers / January 28, 2017 at 10:59 AM 201 views

This is what I said to the Lambeth Branch Annual General Meeting on Thursday. If those who were good enough to come to the meeting had to suffer it I don't see why you shouldn't;Comrades,I was first elected to a…

The Stronger UNISON pledge and what it really means

Jon Rogers / January 12, 2017 at 7:50 PM 35 views

A small clique of supporters of UNISON’s current leadership are organising to try to keep UNISON in its current state of lethargy and its downward path under the somewhat implausible slogan “Stronger UNISON” – for the moment this relates simply…

Defending democracy outside the Supreme Court

Jon Rogers / December 5, 2016 at 1:50 PM 117 views

The small crowd outside the Supreme Court this lunchtime included a small number of knuckle-dragging fascists, some adherents of the little-known school of thought which holds that Boris Johnson was sent to us by Christ (one of whom was dressed,…

UNISON members organising to transform our trade union

Jon Rogers / November 30, 2016 at 7:57 PM 155 views

Some friends have asked me, knowing that I am subject to obviously unjustified disciplinary action by my own trade union in retaliation for my having made a legitimate complaint to the Certification Officer concerning proven malpracticein a recent internal UNISON…

Where next in Weimar Little England?

Jon Rogers / November 28, 2016 at 6:00 PM 119 views

When, two days ago, I wrote for the first time from “Weimar Little England” I did not realise that I was being anachronistic because we had already opened hostilities with the Poles. The random deportations of European migrants for allegedly…

Thoughts on Castro from Weimar Little England

Jon Rogers / November 27, 2016 at 3:38 PM 51 views

Yesterday, whilst I was mostly thinking parochially, the rest of the world was marking the passing of Fidel Castro.It is no surprise that the Western mediawould generally focus on denigrating a great revolutionary, nor that they would focus upon the…

A message from "Weimar Little England"

Jon Rogers / November 26, 2016 at 2:56 PM 140 views

I spent some time yesterday arguing with two old friends who will not I hope be offended if I say we disagreed because I felt they were in denial about aspects of the current political situation whereas they felt that…