The week in satire Vol. #54

And what a week it was! A week in which the media mistook ‘giving in to every EU demand’ for a ‘Brexit victory’! A week in which a connection was postulated between the non-existent Brexit impact assessments and our politicians’ ability to spend all day browsing porn! And a week in which the British people …

Six months on from the Grenfell Tower fire, something amazing is happening on a farm in Wales [VIDEO]

Almost six months since the fire at Grenfell Tower in West London, many who experienced the trauma of the tragic event are still in a state of limbo. But six months on, people from all over the country are still showing their solidarity. In a new video, media outlet Double Down News shows how one farmer …

Cor-beard: Labour leader in pole position for Beard of Year. Voting still open

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has won Parliamentary Beard of the Year seven times, but has only won the nationwide contest once, in 2001. But Corbyn is in pole position for the title this year, ahead of such well-known, beard-bearing figures as Michael Rosen, James O’Brien, Gary Lineker and footballer Harry Kane. The result of the …

Thatcherite think-tank tweets offering sandwiches to foodbanks

The Adam Smith Institute (ASI), an openly neoliberal ‘think-tank’ founded just before Margaret Thatcher first entered Downing Street, was a key source of the policies that she inflicted on the UK. Thatcher’s policies – further pursued in large part by Blair and subsequently accelerated by the coalition and then Tory government –  drove skyrocketing inequality …

A 27-second​ film is a stark reminder that the refugee crisis is far from over [VIDEO]

Artists Min-Hyung Choi and Valentin Guiod have linked the physical and mental endurance of refugees and migrants with Olympic athletes. They worked with French organisation La Cimade – who support refugees and migrants – to produce three short films. And the first highlights the danger of swimming to ‘safety’. But these films are also a poignant reminder that the …

Corbyn receives international peace prize in Geneva

As Theresa May scrambled frantically to present her Ireland ‘deal‘ as anything less than the utter capitulation it was, Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn gave a landmark, statesmanlike speech in Geneva on the great challenges facing us. What few may know – because the ‘MSM’ have been largely silent on it – is that Corbyn was …

Giving young people an honest and balanced drug education is the best way to reduce harm [OPINION]

There is a lack of high-quality drug education in the UK. And if the government is serious about tackling substance abuse, it needs to focus on providing honest and balanced information on drugs. New data on young people and drug abuse The Department of Health has published its latest data on young people in treatment …

Labour First complain about ‘factionalism’ – while teaching it. LOTO may attend

Labour First (LF) complains often about ‘factionalism’. It’s a feature of some of the newsletters it sends to the denizens of whatever under-realm likes its thinking – and of course those hardy souls who can stomach it and want to keep informed. It’s also something LF’s secretary has objected to on social media, claiming to …

Boris Johnson wants to push Britain into a warzone, but he’s not telling us the whole story [VIDEOS]

On 7 December, Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson called for greater British “engagement” in Syria, saying we should “re-insert ourselves in the process”. But in his speech, he ignored one important truth in the process. Fortunately, an experienced reporter who visited Syria in March 2016 has now spoken to The Canary. And she has set the …

Exclusive: Izzard on his NEC bid, Labour democracy, the chicken-coup and more

Image courtesy of Eddie Izzard Famous comedian, marathon-runner and Labour Party member Eddie Izzard is running for one of three new places on Labour’s National Executive Committee (NEC) as an independent candidate and is considered by many to be the main threat to a clean sweep of three new positions by the ‘grassroots left slate’ …