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The General Election – and after

Jon Rogers / September 4, 2019 at 7:23 PM 140 views

As the General Election looms, our Party needs to be on an election footing and – not before time (as I was saying) we are moving to the selection of candidates.However, some of the most insightful comments I have read…

Tragedy or Farce?

Jon Rogers / September 3, 2019 at 9:22 PM 89 views

Back in 2016 I wondered if we were living in “Weimar Little England”.The current BBC series on the rise of the Nazis (the timing of which must have upset some of the Brexiteers), coinciding as it does with Johnson’s proposed…

Good luck comrades

Jon Rogers / August 31, 2019 at 12:28 PM 157 views

Since it took me twenty minutes the other day to manage a five minute walk round the block I am not one of the hundreds of thousands demonstrating against the suspension of Parliament today, but I am pleased and proud…

Three weeks are a very long time in politics?

Jon Rogers / May 27, 2019 at 9:38 AM 186 views

The turnout in the European elections in Brighton and Hove was slightly higher than in the local elections three weeks ago, but not by so much as to make it pointless to look at the results in order to compare…

A brief note from a "hotbed of revolution"…

Jon Rogers / May 22, 2019 at 9:21 AM 182 views

If I had had any doubts about the joint announcement yesterday by Labour Council Leader, Nancy Platts and Green Leader of the Opposition, Phelim McCafferty, about how the two parties will aim to cooperate for the benefit of the people…

It’s official – Labour Group leadership results

Jon Rogers / May 13, 2019 at 7:04 PM 245 views

At the first part of the Annual General Meeting of the Labour Group on Brighton and Hove Council this evening, Nancy Platts was elected as Leader of the Group. Nick Childs was elected Deputy Leader; Daniel Yates was elected Deputy…

We wunt be druv

Jon Rogers / April 16, 2019 at 4:45 PM 236 views

There’s an old Sussex saying, now adopted by Harvey’s Brewery, “we wunt be druv.”This means that we won’t be driven, Sussex folk have our own minds. Socialists in Brighton and Hove need to remember this Sussex saying just now.With a…

(S)election alert!

Jon Rogers / March 29, 2019 at 3:44 PM 187 views

With the defeat in Parliament of the Withdrawal Agreement we don’t also now face the near certainty of European elections on Thursday 23 May, but the increasing likelihood of a General Election, presumably on the same day (unless the Tories…

On missing the People’s Vote demonstration (again)

Jon Rogers / March 23, 2019 at 10:49 PM 256 views

Regular readers of this blog (Sid and Doris Blogger) will know that I am awaiting treatment for prostate cancer. Brexit isn’t the only thing that got delayed this week – so did my radiotherapy.However, at least in the latter case…

Watching the wheels go round

Jon Rogers / March 8, 2019 at 10:03 PM 216 views

I have been relaxing for a few days leave, before going back to work for a few weeks ahead of radiotherapy treatment for the Prostate cancer with which I was diagnosed in the summer.This means that, rather than participating in…

Socialists oppose Brexit

Jon Rogers / February 16, 2019 at 9:54 PM 236 views

--> I was pleased to see Lloyd Russell-Moyle chairing a meeting of left-wing Labour Members of Parliament who are opposed to Brexitthe other day. Leaving the European Union (EU) on any terms in the current circumstances will be a setback…

Meeting hope in the streets of Brighton

Jon Rogers / February 15, 2019 at 5:45 PM 205 views

I emerged this lunchtime from my first dentist’s appointment in twenty years to find a mass demonstration, consisting largely of people who hadn’t been born when I had my last appointment – these were striking school students protesting the climate…

Democracy delayed?

Jon Rogers / September 19, 2018 at 7:00 PM 320 views

Now that my political activity is focused on the Labour Party in Brighton and Hove I blog a lot less.As we approach the most realistic possibility of a socialist-led Government in my lifetime all those of us who hold any…

Boundary Commissioners take a trip to Queen’s Park…

Jon Rogers / September 10, 2018 at 5:10 PM 242 views

The final proposals of the Boundary Commissioners for the forthcoming boundary review have been published and – as they impact upon Brighton and Hove they have only one difference from the most recent proposals. Regency ward is still to be…