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Keep Calm and Carry on campaigning for socialism

Jon Rogers / July 11, 2019 at 3:53 PM 130 views

There is nothing new or unusual about mounting attacks upon the Labour Party in the run up to an election in anticipation of which the establishment is fearful that the Party’s policies may be contrary to their interests.In 1924 the…

Three weeks are a very long time in politics?

Jon Rogers / May 27, 2019 at 9:38 AM 125 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 130 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 182 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 166 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 116 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 199 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 163 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 164 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 162 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 274 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 192 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…

What do we want from Labour Councillors?

Jon Rogers / November 4, 2017 at 9:14 PM 425 views

A few weeks ago I bloggedabout the dilemma which faces socialists in the Labour Party (now that it has a socialist Leader) in relation to Labour Councillors and what it is we want from them.I have, since then, held off…

The Stronger UNISON pledge and what it really means

Jon Rogers / January 12, 2017 at 7:50 PM 520 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 543 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 589 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…