Headline »

Labour MP’s insisted we had to elect Corbyn twice – now THEY must face an election

September 24, 2016 – 11:00 am | 7 Comments

Of all the chutzpah that Labour’s right wing MP’s have brazenly fronted in the corporate media recently – the most laughable is their expertise on ‘electability’.
Every ‘electable’ candidate the right wingers have put forward has been trounced by Jeremy …

Read the full story »
Neoliberalism

The dominant ideology of modern times is hard to pin down but its influence is global and catastrophic. A mixture of bogus economic theory, direct assaults on behalf of class power and a Trojan horse to subvert democracy – everyone needs to understand the nature and influence of neoliberalism.

Corruption

Our taxes pay the wages of politicians, the police and the civil service. These people take our money and our trust to look after OUR interests. When they decide to play the game for themselves and their friends its called corruption and it should always be exposed and challenged.

Corporate Capture

Politics, the Civil Service, the media, the police, the EU Commission – the list of organisations that should bat for us but instead bat for corporate power is depressing – we chart the slide and the fightback. We follow the money, the cushy appointments, the backroom deals all the way to the top

Squashing Dissent

If there is one characteristic of the modern neoliberal era its that the establishment has become hyper-sensitive to any kind of criticism and organised protest. We keep track of all the latest legal and illegal ways that legitimate peaceful protest is undermined, bullied and squashed.

Spying

The role played by the ‘security services’ of the UK and the USA in the mass Orwellian surveillance of innocent people was exposed by the whistleblower Edward Snowden – we will trace developments of this terrifying new front in the battle to defend democracy and basic freedoms.

Featured, Headline, Latest »

Labour MP’s insisted we had to elect Corbyn twice – now THEY must face an election

September 24, 2016 – 11:00 am | 7 Comments

Of all the chutzpah that Labour’s right wing MP’s have brazenly fronted in the corporate media recently – the most laughable is their expertise on ‘electability’.

Every ‘electable’ candidate the right wingers have put forward has been trounced by Jeremy Corbyn – who they insist is unelectable. Look in the dumper for the careers of Yvette Cooper, Liz Kendall, Andy Burnham and Owen Smith.

They were happy enough to support Ed Milliband while he lost them the election and erm Scotland – there were no rebellions against the leadership as Labour romped to defeat against a government offering austerity and jingoism for another five years.

While Owen Smith was unquestionably a hapless candidate ,it would have made no difference who they put forward. The re-heated sound bites and manipulative deceit of the Blairite faction is easy to spot and is unelectable within a country and a Labour movement that wants to return to the centre ground of British politics (yes the centre ground, Corbyn is a moderate democratic socialist whose polices wouldn’t raise an eyebrow but for the rabid caricatures of the tory press)

Lets reflect on just how unelectable the rump of right wing MP’s within Labour now are.

Despite a naked and aggressive attempt to rig the election in Owen Smith’s favour – the Blairite apparatchiks within the Labour Party couldn’t exclude enough people to get him anywhere close to winning. When you can only get 38% of a rigged election it speaks volumes.

corbynwinner

Despite a disgraceful campaign of abuse and smears against Corbyn and his supporters in the corporate media, the right wingers in the PLP still can’t front a candidate to defeat one ageing back bencher  – think about that for a moment…

Why must the EXPERTS on electability resort to election rigging and colluding with the right wing hate sheets of oligarchs? Surely their dazzling skill and wildly popular policies should make all that unnecessary?

Who do we find offering expert advice on how to get Labour elected to government? Neil Kinnock, David Milliband, Tony Blair, Alistair Campbell…  do these people sound like a team for the future to anybody?

Kinnock is the man who lost Labour two elections, David Milliband couldn’t beat his brother in a charisma contest, Tony Blair is a discredited war criminal (as yet un-arrested), Alistair Campbell is Blair’s spin doctor – the man who tried (and failed) to fool us all about the Iraq War.  If these people think they know how to get elected then why don’t they stand for election? These failures and crooks of yesteryear are like hapless football managers who switch to being TV pundits after getting sacked.

The coup attempt by Labour’s right wing MP’s against Corbyn has forced the membership to re-elect the same man twice in a year. Since they are so keen on the democratic process and so talented in the art of getting elected, perhaps  they should now be gifted the opportunity of proving it?

Surely the Blairite MP’s aren’t just hiding inside a socialist movement as a vehicle to getting elected in safe Labour seats? I mean, as if!

One would hope that those Labour MP’s who continue to reject the democratically expressed wishes of Labour Party members would have the decency to leave the party and form their own – but if they lack even that basic level of integrity…

… then they should face mandatory re-selection before the next general election – these people keep telling us they know all about winning elections, so they have nothing to fear.

Right-wing Labour MP’s weep and wail on a daily basis in the corporate media about the Labour Party but choose to remain within it. If they are so confident in their charisma, cosy relationships with the media and ‘moderate’ policies then why don’t they strike out on their own?

I think the sharp eyed readers of The Haze know perfectly well why people like Chuka Umunna, Rachel Reeves and John Woodcock choose to remain within the Labour movement – its because they know damn well that without the camouflage of a red rosette on election day, the people of Streatham, Leeds West and Barrow wouldn’t elect any of them.

Far from being infiltrated by the left – the Labour Party has been growing in leaps and bounds since people realised that the Blairite era was dying and that the movement was returning to the centre. In order to move forward, the poisonous legacies of Blair must be discarded.

I hope, as Jeremy Corbyn does, that the majority of the members of the Parliamentary Labour Party will now unite behind his leadership and work to defeat the heinous government of Theresa May – but if they won’t, then the membership at grass roots level must be afforded the chance to select candidates for the next general election that will.

I fear that people like Margaret Hodge and Hilary Benn are deluded and bewildered by the changes in British politics and will neither adapt or leave – this being the case then they should be forced to secure the same mandate once, that Corbyn was forced by them, to secure twice. 

See also: Follow Sodium Haze on Facebook

Provoking nuclear war by media | John Pilger

September 18, 2016 – 10:52 am | 3 Comments

The exoneration of a man accused of the worst of crimes, genocide, made no headlines. Neither the BBC nor CNN covered it. The Guardian allowed a brief commentary. Such a rare official admission was buried …

Assad’s Death Warrant | Mike Whitney

September 18, 2016 – 10:42 am |

“Secret cables and reports by the U.S., Saudi and Israeli intelligence agencies indicate that the moment Assad rejected the Qatari pipeline, military and intelligence planners quickly arrived at the consensus that fomenting a Sunni uprising …

David Cameron: The worst Prime Minister in British history.

September 12, 2016 – 5:36 pm | 2 Comments

So David Cameron is to step down as an MP. Time to reflect on his baleful legacy in public life.
I genuinely can’t think of a more poisonous, dishonest and self-serving figure in public life than …

Sociopathic criminals own and rule our world – let’s not kid ourselves otherwise

September 12, 2016 – 2:25 pm |

One of the things that the TV show ‘The Wire’ taught me was that crime doesn’t pay – because sociopaths and bullies can do far better inside the system than outside. Though raised on the street, even Stringer Bell …

Corbyn bats for Democracy – Smith for Corporate Power. It’s that simple.

August 18, 2016 – 2:24 pm | 4 Comments

The outcome of the Labour leadership election is a critical moment in British political history. Voters currently have a choice between a democratic activist in Jeremy Corbyn or a shill for corporate capture in Owen Smith.
The anti-democracy element within the Labour Party and their millionaire backers are working …

When Systems Crumble: Looking Beyond Global Capitalism | Richard D Wolff

August 16, 2016 – 12:41 pm | 2 Comments

As global capitalism staggers painfully, unevenly and dangerously in the wake of its 2008 collapse, its critics divide into two broad camps. One commits to fixing or reforming a capitalism that has somehow lost its …

Sri Lanka’s garment workers: paying a high price for cheap clothes | War on Want

August 16, 2016 – 9:09 am | Comments Off on Sri Lanka’s garment workers: paying a high price for cheap clothes | War on Want

Behind the electrified fences of Sri Lanka’s free trade zones are factories full of women, paying a high price for making the cheap clothes sold on the UK high street. War on Want’s Thulsi Narayanasamy …

Israel’s stolen babies remains the state’s darkest secret | Jonathon Cook

August 13, 2016 – 11:23 am | Comments Off on Israel’s stolen babies remains the state’s darkest secret | Jonathon Cook

It is Israel’s darkest secret – or so argues one Israeli journalist – in a country whose short history is replete with dark episodes.
Last month Tzachi Hanegbi, minister for national security, became the first government …

Our Greatest National Security Threat? Perpetual War

August 13, 2016 – 10:27 am | One Comment

The United States is now engaged in perpetual war with victory nowhere in sight.  Iraq is chaotic and scarred. So, too, is Libya. Syria barely exists. After 15 years, “progress” in Afghanistan has proven eminently …

Class war engulfs Labour: The Owning Class vs The Membership

August 12, 2016 – 8:17 pm | 2 Comments

Of all the words uttered about Labour’s internecine strife – a few words from establishment media pundit Owen Jones illuminated the ongoing class war within the movement perfectly:
…it has become increasingly common in politics to reduce disagreements to bad …

Tom Watson’s tactics are despicable – he should resign.

August 11, 2016 – 9:31 am | Comments Off on Tom Watson’s tactics are despicable – he should resign.

I don’t whether to laugh at Tom Watson, be angry or pity him. Perhaps all three.
I warmly applauded (on this very site) his work on the topic of child abuse . But following Corbyn’s …

Owen Smith to agree with all Jeremys everywhere

August 10, 2016 – 10:57 am | Comments Off on Owen Smith to agree with all Jeremys everywhere

As Owen Smith triumphantly moved into third place in the two horse race to be Labour leader – the crown jewel of his glittering array of policy announcements is to be expanded to meet demand.
Bored teenagers and people cadging free ice creams …

Labour’s Blairite ghouls are committing political suicide – let’s enjoy the spectacle

August 9, 2016 – 5:35 pm | 6 Comments

Alan Clark once famously remarked:
“There are no friends in politics – we are all sharks circling”
Labour’s careerist Red Tories are not sharks – more a confused shoal of herring. Watching them chase their tails in pursuit of Jeremy Corbyn …

Observer a laughing stock as Corbyn smears hit new lows

August 7, 2016 – 1:01 pm | Comments Off on Observer a laughing stock as Corbyn smears hit new lows

Oh what a tangled web The Guardian Media Group weaves as it colludes with New Labour plotters to deceive! Now the GMG’s smears against Corbyn are not just fact free journalism – they are rapidly …

Labour’s grassroots must triumph and displace the right wing bullies forever

August 3, 2016 – 12:59 pm | 2 Comments

The Labour Party hasn’t tried to make a case for Socialism for over thirty years – that is why we have a civil war in the movement right now, being fought between people who want that …

Owen Jones is a fraud. Don’t listen to his rhetoric of failure.

August 1, 2016 – 4:07 pm | 27 Comments

Its time that people in the Labour movement woke up to how dangerous Owen Jones is – dangerous because he wants a swift return Labour failures of the past – dangerous because he bats for the status …

Don’t forget the role of the press in Brexit

July 30, 2016 – 10:02 am | 4 Comments

They lied and they got away with it and that’s outrageous – since the referendum this sentiment has prompted hundreds of thousands of words of commentary, and rightly so. A crisis so grave and unexpected …

Schools versus communities

July 30, 2016 – 9:11 am | One Comment

THE case of Michaela Free School, which was revealed to be placing children in “lunch isolation” if their parents fell behind with paying lunch money, reveals so much about what is wrong with recent education …

Soon nurses will pay for their education – they should demand higher wages

July 30, 2016 – 8:58 am | Comments Off on Soon nurses will pay for their education – they should demand higher wages

The NHS doesn’t have enough nurses, nor are enough being trained to meet future demand. And yet the government has confirmed it is scrapping nursing bursaries, which cover the cost of tuition fees. Instead, prospective …

Owen Smith to be replaced by Dusty Bin from 3-2-1

July 29, 2016 – 1:36 pm | Comments Off on Owen Smith to be replaced by Dusty Bin from 3-2-1

Owen Smith faces calls to withdraw from the race to be the next leader of the Labour Party and be replaced by a “unity candidate” – 80’s quiz show legend – Dusty Bin from 3-2-1.
Explaining the growing support for Dusty, veteran Labour …

Fossil Fuel Industry Continues Wrath on Renowned Climate Scientist Michael Mann

July 28, 2016 – 10:57 am | Comments Off on Fossil Fuel Industry Continues Wrath on Renowned Climate Scientist Michael Mann

Despite—actually, because of—the innumerable peer-reviewed studies and national academies that have affirmed his work, Prof. Michael Mann from Penn State University continues to be on the receiving end of the fossil fuel industry’s wrath.
In Canada, …

Owen Smith: Can we trust this born again Socialist?

July 28, 2016 – 1:31 am | 4 Comments

We live in strange and curious times.
.
For decades the very notion of left wing policies within the Labour Party was sure to bring a swift denial from a gaggle of fixers and spin doctors, anxiously looking over …

An open letter to the The Guardian’s ‘Get Corbyn’ crew – shame on you.

July 27, 2016 – 1:54 pm | 26 Comments

To all those working on the ‘Get Corbyn’ strategy at The Guardian…
Do you remember all those articles you were running a few years back on how people were apathetic and disillusioned with politics in the UK? …

Neoliberalism is a species of fascism

July 25, 2016 – 11:42 am | One Comment

The time for rhetorical reservations is over. Things have to be called by their name to make it possible for a co-ordinated democratic reaction to be initiated, above all in the public services.
Liberalism was a …

Guardian tries to silence Democrat leak scandal

July 25, 2016 – 9:32 am | Comments Off on Guardian tries to silence Democrat leak scandal

The pattern is unmistakable in both the UK and US – and I apologise for sounding like a stuck record. Liberal mainstream media prove over and over again their aversion to telling us the news …

After 25 years of liberalisation, India’s rich are growing richer and the poor poorer

July 24, 2016 – 9:46 pm | Comments Off on After 25 years of liberalisation, India’s rich are growing richer and the poor poorer

The British decision to leave the European Union is seen by many as a rejection of globalization, although the thumbs down was on free movement of labor within the bloc and not on free trade …

The Blairites are surrounded by the membership – let’s reclaim Labour as the people’s party

July 22, 2016 – 12:56 pm | Comments Off on The Blairites are surrounded by the membership – let’s reclaim Labour as the people’s party

“Since 1832 we have been gradually excluding the voter from government – now, we have got them to a point where they vote once every five years for which bunch of buffoons will try to …

The Stench of Death hangs over The Guardian – not Labour.

July 20, 2016 – 11:53 am | 14 Comments

The Haze was amused to read a recent slew of articles in The Guardian,  insisting that the Labour Party has been afflicted by some terrible disease and is close to death. Voters are getting involved in …

Blair lied about the WMD’s, the case for war and his knowledge of the risks – he should stand trial for war crimes

July 6, 2016 – 2:14 pm | Comments Off on Blair lied about the WMD’s, the case for war and his knowledge of the risks – he should stand trial for war crimes

The Chilcot Report is damning. Only its limited terms of reference prevent Tony Blair from being arrested for war crimes today.
All those who marched against the Iraq War have been vindicated, the Labour MP’s …

Brazil human rights defender found drowned in dam

July 5, 2016 – 10:39 am | Comments Off on Brazil human rights defender found drowned in dam

Last week, a human rights defender’s body was found drowned in the hydro-electric dam she spent three years fighting. Nilce de Souza Magalhães was a fierce opponent of the Usina Hidrelétrica Jirau, a rock-fill dam …

Do please register with Sodium Haze

  • FREE ACCESS
  • FREE NEWSLETTER
  • SUPPORT CHANGE

100% secure and it only takes a few seconds. Thank you!