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Savaged by a very poorly sheep

Jon Rogers / February 10, 2018 at 8:28 PM 76 views

https://medium.com/@davidarnold_87226/jon-rogers-should-resign-as-labour-chair-d9e44dd467d7 The incredibly measured and balanced postings on this blog would, you might think, be unlikely to upset anyone. You would, I fear be wrong. Above is a link to some commentary (written perhaps after a good lunch) from a…

No longer sub judice – UNISON can act. Will it?

Jon Rogers / February 10, 2018 at 9:10 AM 111 views

http://employmentappeals.decisions.tribunals.gov.uk//public/Upload/05Feb2018(revised8Feb).pdf This Thursday the appeal against last year's decision by the Assistant Certification Officer was finally heard by the Employment Appeal Tribunal and reached its predictable conclusion. No one can now claim that the matter is sub judice and that…

Policies not personalities

Jon Rogers / February 3, 2018 at 2:13 PM 64 views

As flattering as it is to have extracts from this blog quoted elsewhere, it is a shame when people treat debate about policies as if it were about personalities.What matters about politics is how it impacts upon peoples’ lives, not…

What do we want from Labour Councillors?

Jon Rogers / November 4, 2017 at 9:14 PM 197 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 297 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 330 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 372 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 366 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 214 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 384 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…

UNISON and the future of our trade union movement?

Jon Rogers / November 16, 2016 at 10:13 PM 368 views

It was good to catch up with old friends and colleagues today at the UNISON Centre (a.k.a. “the Great White Elephant of the Euston Road”) for a meeting of the Development and Organisation (D&O) Committee of the UNISON National Executive…

The purpose of anti-migrant prejudice

Jon Rogers / November 13, 2016 at 5:32 PM 639 views

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/donald-trump-deport-immigrants-immediately-when-mexico-wall-a7415116.html In post-truth politics it is the rhetoric that is the reality. Donald Trump says he will "immediately" deport two to three million people (presumably to Mexico). No he won't. He can't and he knows he can't. Just one million…

A strange temporal coincidence…

Jon Rogers / November 8, 2016 at 5:00 PM 289 views

If you are looking for relentlessly positive and upbeat assessments of all aspects of trade union organisation you may be in the wrong place. This blog has been a critical voice now for more than a decade.It is hardly a…

Solidarity with the Durham teaching assistants

Jon Rogers / November 8, 2016 at 4:10 PM 236 views

Solidarity to the Durham teaching assistants as they start today their first two day strike. This is in opposition to an attempt to drive down pay using the excuse of “equal pay” to impose cuts on a predominantly low paid…