Friday, 8 March 2019

Israel, Palestine, And Why There Is No Easy Fix

Map of Israel today
There has been a hullabaloo about antisemitism recently, some of which is being used to discredit Jeremy Corbyn's Labour. On the other side of the Pond, new Congresswoman Ilhan Omar is catching flak for the same thing. Basically, some people conflate anti-Zionism with antisemitism. Why? What's it all about?

Thursday, 7 March 2019

When Work Doesn't Pay: The Working Poor Are Increasingly Homeless And Hungry

Nasty is the new normal - cruelty cartoon by Wendy Cockcroft for On t'Internet
 Last year I tried to explain "Why "Nasty" Is The New Normal." Today I had one of the consequences rammed home: the rise of the working poor. The stats are shocking and it's a stunning indictment of our government's kleptocratic policies.

Tuesday, 15 January 2019

Brexit Is On Its Knees

Brexit - Rebels without a clue
Today as I went through the shops to pick up a few bits I saw the blaring headlines of the right wing press pleading for May's deal to go through. It didn't.

Monday, 31 December 2018

Here Comes 2019, Hang On To Your Hats!

Cartoon of events in 2018
2018 was a funny old year. I finally got a bit of a pay rise but my blogging output plummeted to a grand total of 18 posts. Let's take a look at them.

Friday, 28 December 2018

2018: The Year The Country Stood Still (In The EU)

Cartoon of Theresa May dancing with me in foreground by Wendy Cockcroft for On  t'Internet
I've been away for a bit, mostly because I was blogging in circles; "Trump is a narcissistic prat" and "Our Government are clueless morons ruled by the right wing press." The cartoon says it all, really. The questions to ask are, what's happening now? And what can we do about it?

Sunday, 21 October 2018

Why "Nasty" Is The New Normal

Cartoon by Wendy Cockcroft of man kicking homeless man
The way I see it, there was a time when all the incidents we consider to be downright horrible were condemned and the people who committed them were censured. Today, we've got elected politicians cheering such incidents on on when not putting the boot in themselves. What has happened to our society? I have a few ideas. WARNING: I will not pull any punches. As usual.

Saturday, 6 October 2018

What Is The Overton Window And Why Should We Care About It?

Cartoon of my position in the Overton Window
The Overton Window defines the limits of acceptability of ideas and policy in social and political discourse. It  matters because although we have a say in where it sits, it's also vulnerable to manipulation — and that's what impacts us. As it shifts further and further to the right, have you noticed how things we would never have accepted before are acceptable now? Let's take a closer look — and see what can be done about it.