2015 in first lines
January: There is a strange pattern of intellectual retardation on the Left, when otherwise sophisticated individuals are encountered with the nexus of topics relating to anti-Muslim racism, antisemitism, political Islam, the Israeli/Palestinian conflict, etc.
February: Celebrating ten years of blogging...
March: As an anonymous blogger, I recognise that there are lots of good reasons why someone might want to be anonymous online or to have multiple identities.
April: The last five years of Conservative-led Coalition government have, I believe, been disastrous for the country, in many ways.
May: From the moment of [George Galloway's] victory in what he called the "Bradford Spring", when he tweeted about his "Blackburn triumph", it was clear he couldn't give a monkeys about his new constituency.
June: I was very sad to read today of the passing of Morris Beckman, a great anti-fascist, mentsh and citizen historian.
July: As a London resident, I took the 7/7 attacks personally.
August: This post is prompted by David Cameron’s recent speech setting out a new agenda on addressing the threat of Islamist violent extremism, and also by the recent launch of a whole series of “counter-jihadi” initiatives on the British right, including the planning of a Mohammed cartoon exhibition in London in September.
September: Lots of people believe that it is basically too late to do anything about Syria. It's such a mess.
October: You'll have heard by now that Seumas Milne has been appointed executive director of strategy and communications for the Labour party. This is a disastrous decision for (at least) three reasons.
November: Stop the War (StW) have a track record of denying a platform to Syrian voices when they hold events about Syria.
December: 70,000 moderate opposition fighters in Syria? Never has a figure been so universally doubted.