March 20, 2016 at 5:30 am (Aesthetics, America, International Law, Syria, Uncategorized)
Tags: Assad, European Union, France, Hezbollah, International Law, Iran, Iraq, Israel, NATO, Qatar, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Syria, TeleSUR, TeleSURtv, Turkey, UAE, United Kingdom, United Nations, United Nations Security Council, United States, UNSC
July 12, 2015 at 6:56 pm (Anti-Austerity, Anti-Austerity UK, Anti-Austerity UK Alliance, Conservative Party, Labour Left, Plaid Cymru, SNP, The Green Party, Tories)
Tags: Anti-Austerity UK, democracy, Devolution, English Votes For English Laws, European Referendum, European Union, Family of Nation, fascism, Fox Hunting, Human Rights Act, One Nation Britain, Paralysis, Stagnation, Tories, Tory Government
Nearly two months after the Queen’s Speech, it has become all too clear that the Tory government is already in a state of paralysis. Central precepts of the Queen’s Speech have already been quietly abandoned.
The political earthquake of 2015 reverberated with the rise of multi-party politics in the UK, the decimation of the Labour Party in Scotland, the failure of Austerity Labour to reach disaffected Tories in England and the disillusion of the vast majority of the electorate with status quo politics. This disillusion was given expression in a fragmentation of voting demographics, which, due to the current voting system, was not reflected in the representational pattern in Parliament.
What we have been left with is a Conservative government with a slim majority. Yet, it is not the slim majority (obtained with a rather small percentage of the popular vote), that is the cause of the paralysis of the Tory government. The paralysis lies instead in the internal divisions within the Conservative Party itself.
To read the rest of the article, please visit The Tory Regime: A Government of Paralysis.
May 3, 2015 at 8:48 pm (Aesthetics, Anti-Austerity, Anti-Austerity UK Alliance, BBC Leaders Debates, Campaign For Nuclear Disarmament, Coalition Government, Cultural Sustainability, deconstruction, Democratic Community, European Left, Leanne Wood, Natalie Bennett, Nicola Sturgeon, Peaceful Revolution, Plaid Cymru, Plaid Cymru the Party of Wales, Progressive Alliance, Scottish National Party, SNP, The Green Party, UK General Elections 2015)
Tags: Anti-Austerity Movement, Anti-Austerity UK, Anti-Austerity UK Alliance, Coalition Government, Democratic Community, Ed Miliband, Edward Snowden, Equality, Europe, European Left, European Union, Family of Nations, Greece, Leanne Wood, Natalie Bennett, Nicola Sturgeon, Peaceful Revolution, Plaid Cymru, Plaid Cymru the Party of Wales, Progressive Alliance, Rebalancing of Power, rebalancing of wealth, Scottish National Party, SNP, The Green Party, UK General Election 2015
Jonathan Jones reminded us recently through “probably a wildly inappropriate pre-feminist art historical reference”, in his article, “Something new is happening in British politics. This image captures it.” (Guardian, 17 April 2015), of the resemblance of the embrace between the party leaders of Plaid Cymru – The Party of Wales and Green Party, Leanne Wood, Natalie Bennett and Nicola Sturgeon, respectively and the Three Graces.
The Three Graces are commonly known as faith, hope and charity, but have the tangible meanings of trust, confidence, and love or solidarity,.a symbolism common to many religions and tendencies of thinking.
Indeed, Jonathan’s suggestion is quite apt, and can demonstrate the importance of humanities (crassly cut out of the Coalition’s Tory budget) in the context of political reality. We already know what Burns, Mary and Percy Shelley, Dickens has taught us, and Camus, Joyce, Ginsberg and Dylan Thomas, as contributors to the ethos of a culture which engages in political economic and social questioning from differing perspectives.
This embrace of three progressive leaders, amidst an era of constant crisis, allows us, by coincidence, it would seem, to remember the Three Graces and their significance to the meaning of the New Politics – one of trust, well-being, and social solidarity.
These Graces, or Virtues, in this light, are politically speaking, the characteristics of a healthy society, with some resemblance to Plato’s own tripartite schema in his Republic, and I will consider each of them in turn.
July 17, 2014 at 12:54 am (Aesthetics, Atheism, Banks, Bataille, Being and Time, Brixton, Cameron, Captivation, China, Chinese, Chinese New Left, Christianity, Coalition Government, Creativity, Death, deconstruction, Democratic Communism, Democratic Community, Derrida, Diogenes, Dylan Thomas, Early German Romanticism, Europe, European Elections 2014, European Structural Funding, European Union, Existentialism, feminism, Finance Capitalism, Financial Crisis, Foucault, freedom, General Election 2015, German Romanticism, Greece, Greek philosophy, Hegel, Heidegger, Heraclitus, Husserl, Innovation, Islam, Judaism, Kant, Lacan, Marxism, negative theology, Nietzsche, Occupy Wall Street, Open Rights, philosophy, Philosophy Lectures, Poetry, Queen Elisabeth II, Racism, Sartre, Socrates, Squatting, Syria, Taoism, Thrasymachus, Time, Wales, Wales and the European Union, Wall Street, Welsh Development, Wittgenstein)
Tags: Coalition Government, Democratic Community, European Union, New Left, Philip Blonde, Red Tory
As we can barely remember the debates between Nigel Farage and Nick Clegg, it appears that the odd man out has now obtained legitimacy, stature, plausibility. With our senses still awash with the anti-climactic failure of the Scots to take a bloodless independence that was so nicely gift-wrapped for them, all we can now remember is that Nick Clegg was dreadful and failed to convey the very absurdity of UKIP policy on obvious grounds. The very fact that Nick Clegg stood on the same stage as Nigel Farage was a mistake and revealed his lack of political judgment. Why were not the other two parties represented, as an all UK debate? Or, was it, perhaps, merely a job interview for the junior partner of the next Coalition?
Clegg’s follow up criticism of Farage over Ukraine was a pathetic sideshow to the illegal Western involvement in a coup d’etat, in which fascists have now formally entered into the cabinet of a soon-to-be European government for the first time since WWII. But, we all pretend that that did not happen and condemn Russia instead. Farage was ironically correct on this issue that the Coalition government has ‘blood on its hands’ over Ukraine, and UKIP has never been as strong as it is today. It is now conceivable to imagine a Coalition Government in which they would be a part, such as a Conservative-UKIP alliance.
April 25, 2014 at 1:57 am (Uncategorized)
Tags: City of London, Coalition Government, David Cameron, Ed Miliband, EU Referendum, European Elections, European politics, European Union, Liberal Democrats, Nick Clegg, Nigel Farage, Party of Wales, Plaid Cymru, Tories, UKIP, United Kingdom, Wales in Europe
As we dust ourselves off from the recent debates between Nigel Farage and Nick Clegg, it appears that the odd man out has now obtained legitimacy, stature, plausibility. Nick Clegg was dreadful and failed to convey the very absurdity of UKIP policy on obvious grounds. The very fact that Nick Clegg stood on the same stage as Nigel Farage was a mistake and revealed his lack of political judgment. Why were not the other two parties represented, as an all UK debate? Or, perhaps, it was in fact a job interview for the junior partner in the next Coalition?
Clegg’s follow up criticism of Farage over Ukraine was a pathetic sideshow to the illegal Western involvement in a coup d’etat, in which fascists have now formally entered into the cabinet of a soon-to-be European government for the first time since WWII. Farage was ironically correct on this issue that the Coalition government has ‘blood on its hands’ over Ukraine, and UKIP has never been as strong as it is today. It is now conceivable to imagine a Coalition Government in which they would be a part, such as a Conservative-UKIP alliance.
January 14, 2014 at 5:58 pm (Cameron, Coalition Government, Creativity, Innovation, philosophy, Uncategorized)
Tags: Devolution, Europe, European Movement, European Structural Fund, European Union, Euroscepticism, Wales, Welsh Independence
This article was published by the European Movement on 14 January 2014.
Will the proposed UK EU exit make Welsh independence inevitable? Should Wales follow Scotland if it votes ‘Yes’?
The benefits of EU membership are universally acknowledged in Wales and nobody in the mainstream of politics, business and academia in Wales wants to leave the European Union – at least no one I know.
But, this mantra of the UK’s departure of the EU has become an inescapable talking point of politics, inciting unnecessary instability in a time of persistent and deepening insecurity.
Yet, the mantra may have unintended and ironic consequences, especially for Wales, if it begins to take seriously the possibility of a UK exit of the EU.
Such an exit could force Wales to assert its independence for practical (social, political, economic) and philosophical (political and ethical) reasons.
There are serious questions to be asked regarding the security of Welsh development – and Welsh priorities – outside of the protections of the European Charter of Human Rights and significant EU treaties and documents outlining social and employment protections, rights to healthcare, academic freedom, environmental regulations… and the list goes on…
The Welsh Assembly Government has fought courageously to protect health rights, such as free prescriptions, and has placed a redoubled focus upon the project of sustainability. It has protected Welsh university students, even those going to university in England and Scotland… and the list goes on…