In keeping with my practice of (fairly) transparently seeking justice in cases where no-one else seems to quite get round to it, here is my letter to the Met Police seeking an assessment of whether Owen Paterson should be considered for prosecution under the Bribery Act 2010. …

News of the Immensa false negative lab scandal broke on the same day as Conservative MP David amesswas murdered, and understandably disappeared quickly from the headlines. In the 10 days since then, the plot has thickened considerably.

First, there’s the possible impact. One estimate is that the false negative results…

There is a certain predictability about how the right will interpret the reaction to Amazon’s plan for upfront payments to the workers it will then exploit at a minimum wage.

Here’s the one line version, but we can expect to see it in full column form by tomorrow morning.

Much of the mainstream comment about the Health & Social Care and Science & Technology Select Committees’ report on the government’s handling of Covid has focused on why the lockdown came so late.

This is unsurprising for two reasons.

First, a focus on whether or not SAGE’s advice on lockdown…

It’s World Mental Health Day, and this is what I have to say alcoholism, depression, anxiety and and power. People may take offence. It is not intended. I say that sincerely. Being able to state that is an acknowledgement that my own power is greater than that of many others.

I’ve been twitter free for a few weeks so not up on exactly why well-know Labour rightwinger Luke Akehurst has it in for Young Labour, but I found this take on the reason for the existence of a youth section interesting/revealing.

At one level, this is all just the usual…

As more details emerge of testing firms linked to the Tory establishment exploiting travellers through expensive and poor service, Sajid Javid is looking to play the consumer hero, protecting holidaymakers from these “cowboy” testing firms out to make a quick buck.

What he fails to say is that his government…

Five days ago, on Thursday August 5th, the government gave notice as quietly as it possibly could that the contact tracing part of so-called ‘NHS Test & Trace’ will be coming to an end, and will be replaced by a system run by local health teams (Local Tracing Partnerships).

The…

On EU Settlement Scheme application deadline day, British Future have issued a statement about the risk of “the beginning of a new Windrush scandal”, and urging the government to allow further applications to be made by all those eligible.

For myself, I’d like there to be more than an appeal…

Les saglots longs
Des violons
De l’automne
Blessent mon coeur
D’une langueur
Monotone.

[The long sobs
Of the violins
Of Autumn
Pierce my heart
in a languished
Monotone]

Tout suffocant
Et blême, quand
Sonne l’heure,
Je me souviens
Des jours anciens
Et je pleure

[Breathless, then
and pale when
The time is nigh
I turn my gaze
To former days
And I sigh]

Et je m’en vais
Au vent mauvais
Qui m’emporte
Deçà, delà,
Pareil à la
Feuille morte.

[Yet out I set
Borne on the fret
Warm yet stale
Without a pause
As gently falls
The leaf, frail]

Paul Verlaine

Paul Cotterill

Secretary General, Habermasian Labour (UK). Indefatigably focused on the promotion of ethical discourse in the public sphere, except when there's cricket.

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