There is still work to do to update this site from my European election campaign site – but life’s too short, so I’m sure you’ll cope.
The problem is simple. People aren’t sure what Labour stands for. By ducking the fight with UKIP’s xenophobes and racists Labour is missing the opportunity to re-assert its historic purpose. So smoke me a kipper, Ed.
September 2014 was a historic month for UK politics by any standards. here’s my take on the events which, even if politics has entered a new phase, shows that the old rules apply. My take on events is here.
For the past few months I’ve only been writing occasionally and mainly for other people’s sites, having a holiday and doing some work.
I’ll be continuing to write here independent again of any Party line – not that I made any great effort to ask permission! I like to think that if you are straight in your view people will be mature enough to understand that we are not robots.
The Scottish electorate have delivered their verdict. The history they made was a democratic landmark, though not the kind some had hoped for. It is up to politicians to deliver a result that heals wounds and respects the view of a sizable minority.
The Scottish Question was none of my business I know, but it is far too interesting not to make some observations on the future of a country for which I have a lot of affection and on a referendum question I considered asked and answered.
Then just when you thought it was all deeply dull Better Together screwed up and we ended up with a cliff-hanger. It was a campaign during which many on the Yes side seem to be voting in the hope that they would abolish Governments of the right. Here I explain why this was one of the worst reasons to vote for independence because Scotland is nothing like as left-wing as it seems – not if you look at how people actually vote.
Journalism and Blog Posts
John has written for newspapers, magazines and websites. This site continues to feature many of John’s articles, including his writing on politics, travel, entertainment and his newspaper columns. Many of these articles feature on other sites around the world-wide-web and traditional published sources. The opinions expressed in these articles are those of the author and not necessarily those of the Labour Party. They include some satirical content.
John is looking forward to writing again without the tiresome business of attempting to promote a Party line.
Albion Terrace is an originals rock band in which John writes songs and plays guitar. You can find out more about Albion Terrace and keep in touch by ‘liking’ the band’s Facebook page by following the band on Twitter or if you really want to know by listening to us play live at Soundcloud. John dismisses the notion that because he is involved in politics he shouldn’t involve himself in such frivolities, “There is nothing more boring than pompous politicians who have no life outside meetings and take themselves too seriously. It’s nice when people like what we play, but if they don’t, nobody is forcing them to listen to it”, he says.