Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Stranger than Fiction- the extraordinary story of Edgar Wallace

You can listen to an interview with me on BBC Radio Oxford, talking about my new book 'Stranger than Fiction- The Life of Edgar Wallace'- here. The interview starts at 2hrs 6mins.

I'm confused, can anyone help me? (Part Three)

Guess what- I'm still confused. The latest in my series for OpEdge.

I’m confused. The first thing I’m confused about is democratic legitimacy after elections are held in war-torn countries.

You can read the whole piece here

Let's make Public Ownership the election deal breaker

My latest Public Ownership column for the Morning Star.

NEIL CLARK assesses the insurgent parties’ policies on nationalisation – and offers a voting strategy to strike fear into every MP

IN the Morning Star last month I looked at what the Conservatives, Liberal Democrats, Labour and Ukip had to offer us in relation to public ownership. Or to be more accurate, what they didn’t have to offer us.

Another five years of the present coalition — or a Conservative majority government — will mean the end of the NHS and see the sell-off of the remaining assets in public ownership, including Britain’s main trunk roads.

So, if you do want to see Richard Branson or some other billionaire capitalist in charge of the M1, as well as rail routes, hospital services and the Met Office), our publicly owned woodlands flogged off to the highest bidder and our libraries either closed or run by US multinationals, then simply vote Conservative or Lib Dem.

You can read the whole piece here.



Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Heatwave at Halloween

My new piece for Sputnik UK- the new site of Voice of Russia

During one of the warmest British autumns on record, with the temperature touching 24C on Halloween day politicians from the country’s main parties conspicuously dropped all talk about climate change and the environment.
It's Christmas Day 2035 in Britain and the temperature is a balmy 22 degrees Celcius. The evening news shows pictures of people sunbathing on the beach in Bournemouth. Christmas barbecues are held throughout the country. People attend church services in short-sleeves. Sounds a bit fetched? Perhaps. But then, twenty-odd years ago, so too would the prospect of people enjoying a day on the beach in temperatures of over 20C on Halloween.

You can read the whole of the piece here.

Sunday, November 09, 2014

Vladimir Putin- demonised for thwarting the neocon plan for global domination.

My latest piece for OpEdge- on why western elites are demonising the Russian President- and want you to hate him too.

The continuing attacks on Vladimir Putin and Russia by members of the western political, military and journalistic elite tell us one thing – the Russian President is doing a good job both for the people of his country and in the international arena.
For it is a rule which invariably holds true – if the Western elites praise the leader of a foreign country it means he is doing something which is good for those elites and bad for his country. If he’s demonized, as Putin is, it’s the other way round.

You can read the whole piece here.

The Bullying of Hungary- the country that dared to disobey the EU and US

My new piece for OpEdge on the bullying of Hungary.

25 years ago, Hungary was being toasted in the West for opening its border with Austria to East Germans, in a move which led to the fall of the Berlin Wall. Now the Western elites are not happy with Budapest which they consider far too independent.
The refusal of Prime Minister Viktor Orban and his ruling Fidesz party to join the new US and EU Cold War against Russia, which has seen the Hungarian parliament approving a law to build the South Stream gas pipeline without the approval of the European Union, in addition to the populist economic policies Fidesz has adopted against the largely foreign owned banks and energy companies, has been met with an angry response from Washington and Brussels.

The whole of the piece can be read here.  

Tally ho! The elite's new bloodsport: Russell Brand-hunting

My piece for RT.Com OpEdge on the attacks by members of the Elite Journos Club on Russell Brand.

Fox hunting is no longer legal in Britain. But there’s a new blood sport this autumn - Russell Brand hunting.
Members of the ‘hegemonic consensus’ supporting Elite Journos Club have been competing with one another to see who can write the most condescending and ‘eviscerating’ reviews/articles on Brand and his new book ‘Revolution’.
Brand was acceptable when he was doing stand-up comedy and keeping off the politics, but now that he’s dissing the British system of parliamentary democracy and calling for radical change it’s open season on him. It’s a case of “Set the hounds on that bearded ‘semi-literate’ hippy! Tally ho!”

You can read the whole article  here.

The Glory that was Crossroads....

This new piece of mine on the classic soap opera Crossroads, from the  Daily Express. 

It was the soap opera set in a Midlands motel than ran for 24 years and in its heyday was more popular than Coronation Street.
Crossroads may have disappeared from our television screens but the much-loved and often much-derided series is far from forgotten.
This week sees the 50th anniversary of the broadcasting of the first ever episode and to mark the occasion the surviving stars of the soap will be reunited on the Paul O’Grady Show on BBC Radio 2.

You can read the whole piece here.

Saturday, November 01, 2014

Don't Watch RT!

As RT UK launches, attacks on the channel in the British media have stepped up…
The latest is a piece by Mr. Cyril Waugh-Monger, a very important newspaper columnist for the NeoCon Daily, a patron of the Senator Joe McCarthy Appreciation Society and author of 'Why the Iraq War was a Brilliant Idea' and 'The Humanitarian Case for Bombing Syria.'

Read here for more......

Red scarecrows: RT UK launches, mainstream trolls

New interview with me on RT on the neocon/ 'liberal interventionist' McCarthyite attacks on the channel.

Harold Wilson: The Russophile at Number 10

Imagine a British Prime Minister who was a Russophile, not a Russophobe, and defied US pressure to send UK troops to war. A British Prime Minister who worked for better relations with the East, visited Moscow, and was on good terms with Kremlin leaders.
Well, it might sound unlikely today, but forty years ago we had such a Prime Minister. In October 1974, Harold Wilson was puffing away merrily on his pipe celebrating his fourth election victory out of five.
Looking back at the Wilson era is instructive as it shows us how much British politics has changed for the worse since the 1970s.

You can read the whole of my article on Harold Wilson: The Russophile at Number 10, here