“We fought Nicaragua, and we won” – a tale of victory for Oxford activism

Image Credit: Wikipedia.  Until relatively recently, my knowledge of Nicaragua was largely limited to what I’d managed to glean from The Clash’s album Sandinista!. While both funky and punky, it is sadly lacking in the kind of in-depth analysis necessary to explain the complicated political situation in the central American country that, since independence in […]

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Jacinda Ardern: The Leader We Need But Not The One We Deserve

Image Credit: David Illif (CC-BY-4.0) Since at least the 2008 Financial Crash, the world’s major left-wing parties have been in crisis. Often bereft of ideas and lacking charismatic leadership, these parties have been haemorrhaging votes both right and left, seriously curtailing their ability to act as effective oppositions, let alone maintain hopes of being restored […]

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Labour holds Iffley Fields & St Mary’s in tight County Council by-election

Image Credit: Flikr (CC-BY-SA-2.0) Just before midnight on 18th October, Labour’s Damian Haywood was duly elected Oxfordshire County Councillor for Iffley Fields & St Mary’s after a tight contest with the Green candidate David Williams. The by-election was triggered by the resignation of Labour Councillor Helen Evans, who gained the district from the Greens in […]

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President Macron needs to show more pride in France – or risk losing its support entirely

Image credit: Gouvernement français  The night of 7 May 2017, the courtyard of the Louvre was packed full of Macron’s supporters, celebrating his victory. Surrounded by the finest art and sculptures in France, the crowds waved tricolour flags and sang along as “La Marseillaise” blared from massive speakers. As Emmanuel Macron walked out onto the […]

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