I read this eloquent post this morning and it brought to mind the politically naive people who comment on, indeed laugh at and insult my principled belief system when it comes to politics…I must admit, I couldn’t express my views as eloquently as the person who wrote this piece so I took the easy way out and re blogged the whole article. To my mind, no person with a gram of ‘social conscience’ or an ounce of compassion  can put forward any firm argument against the principles that Mr Corbyn and Socialists around the world hold dear….me included.

cogsinwallI have got my Tin hat on ready for the Tory driven, media supported drivel that will surely follow these words…so bring it on brethren …the word “commie’ will bounce of my tin hat without injury to my brain and the words, ‘looney left’ will just make me laugh at your naivety …Anyway enjoy this read and ‘Keep the red flag flying High’…Comrades.

Guts of a Beggar


Once upon a time, not so long ago, it was perfectly respectable to call oneself a socialist. It was a badge that one might wear with pride alongside the likes of Albert Einstein, George Orwell and Bertrand Russell. Nowadays, for reasons we’ll come to in a moment, to call oneself a socialist is to risk being perceived as some sort of cartoon amalgam of Arthur Scargill, Wolfie Smith, Derek Hatton, and Rik from The Young Ones. I have a neighbour who thinks it hilarious to tell people as a matter of routine that I am a fan of Joseph Stalin. Happily, I know that you’re not that stupid, so here goes.

I am a socialist. By that I mean that I believe in the socialism of Bevan and Beveridge, the socialism that gave us nationalised utilities, the NHS and the welfare state. Over the past couple of decades, since…

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