Politics is realigning along open vs. closed boundaries – Labour must decide whether it wants to deny the progress of history, or to own the future

Politics is realigning along open vs. closed boundaries – Labour must decide whether it wants to deny the progress of history, or to own the future

Across the world, reactionary forces are on the march. In America, Donald Trump is intent on closing US borders to history’s latest ‘other’ – Muslims. Meanwhile, the UK is now embarking on a ‘hard Brexit’, putting as much political...

Laughter is the best weapon: why mocking Nazis is better than punching them

Pop quiz hotshot: what do Captain Steve Rogers, Dr Henry “Indiana” Jones, Rory off “Doctor Who”, and a protester at a recent anti-Trump rally all have in common? If you answered “they’ve all punched Nazis in the face”, then well done, have a biscuit. Like most...

If Labour can’t be a home for Jews in this new age of extremes, it doesn’t deserve to be a home for anyone

Today is Holocaust Memorial Day. It is also over a week since I renewed my affiliate membership of the Jewish Labour Movement (JLM), and nearly a year since I first signed up in protest and in solidarity due to the despicable way in which some Jews were being...

The Brexiteers won the war. We cannot let them win the peace…

The reaction I have heard since Theresa May’s big set-piece Brexit speech this week is actually far scarier than the contents of the speech itself. Theresa May outlined, in a clever if poorly delivered speech, basically what we already knew (or feared). We have then...