Black Friday & the Red Scare

Road To Somewhere Else

By Daniel Margrain

The decision last Friday (August 12) by three Appeal Court judges to overturn High Court judge Hickinbottom’s determination four days earlier, ostensibly to prevent the right of 130,000 members to vote in the forthcoming Labour leadership election, is arguably among the most strangest of decisions to have been made in an English court. The five Labour members – Christine Evangelou, Edward Leir, Hannah Fordham, Chris Granger and an unnamed minor – who initially brought the case and whose legal fees were crowdfunded, had claimed that Labour’s rulebook made no provision for treating them differently and none had ever been made in any of the party’s previous leadership elections.

They also argued that when they joined, the Labour website and other communications said they would be ‘a key part of the team’, and thus eligible to vote in any leadership election as the graphic below illustrates:

Mr Justice Hickinbottom…

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In the court of the claret and blue king

Bobby Moore accusations

Road To Somewhere Else

By Daniel Margrain

Moore kisses the World Cup

Moore kisses the World CupCREDIT: HULTON ARCHIVE

Last Saturday (July 30) marked the 50th anniversary of one of the most historic sporting moments in history – when England beat West Germany 4-2 after extra-time to lift the World Cup. Avid football fans from all over the country joined legends Geoff Hurst, Gordon Banks, George Cohen and others from the 1966 team at Wembley for a special celebration. Ill-health kept others away.

Martin Peters, Nobby Stiles and Ray Wilson have all been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s amid fears that their condition was caused by years of heading heavy footballs. Both Alan Ball and Captain Bobby Moore, the latter who raised the Jules Rimet Trophy aloft on that memorable day, have died.

As a West Ham fan, my memories of the mercurial Moore are vague. I remember, at age eleven seeing him play one of his last games in a West…

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As I Please Column for Tribune for 5th August 2016

A balanced view of Corbyn

My Blog

It’s one of the richer ironies, among all the ironies snapping round our knees right now, that the greatest breakthrough in human communication since the advent of printing turned out so quickly to result in a total breakdown in human understanding. We can now instantly communicate with each other across the globe, more or less unmediated, and I suppose at some point some naive hippy techie assumed this would lead to a worldwide community of shared knowledge and wisdom, a kind of benign hivemind, to the betterment of us all. Instead what we’ve ended up with is an almost infinite archipelago of solipsisms.

We should, perhaps, have seen this coming. Remember what happened when printing arrived in Europe around 1450. Hitherto, all that mad, Tourettic shit seething and boiling away inside each individual human’s head more or less had to stay there as the options for releasing it were few…

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Spark the Paperback is Now Out!

Spark is out

Rupert Dreyfus

So finally; Spark the paperback is now out and you can get it here.

Here’s the trailer:

And here’s some praise for my writing:

“This is a scorchingly brilliant book and Dreyfus is an authentic and vital writer.”

-Morning Star

“Dreyfus writes with the darkly absurd humour of a thirsty and somewhat paranoid Jonathan Swift.”

-Pop Matters

Spark stands as an excellent appraisal of the forces that govern us in the 21st century – the phoenix-like rise of the free market after 2008, the near-Orwellian nature of New Labour-created mass surveillance, and the rabid creep of corporatocracy. If his work doesn’t make you think, I suggest getting your doctor to prescribe a course of fluoride tablets, subscribe to the Daily Mirror, and vote in this year’s X Factor.

-Steve Topple, journalist

For the Dreyfus die hards who are waiting for new stories: I aim to release Broke

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