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Monday, 11 July 2011
THE best Prime Minister we never had might turn out to be handsome Hugh Grant.
Who knew that under that stammering diffidence and the struggle to remove Bridget Jones's big pants was beating such a passionate and courageous heart? Grant took Question Time by storm last week in a way I don't think I've ever seen - even looking in the mirror.
He slaughtered the sacrificial lamb the Government had put up to defend their treacherous pusillanimity over the News of the World, and the guttersnipe Sun columnist Jon Gaunt he swatted away like the sewer-fly he is.
Saturday, 9 July 2011
This week I told party members, friends and supporters of my decision to resign as the Councillor for Sparkbrook. It has not been an easy decision, but it is one that I have had to make in the interests of my health.
For some time now those close to me have been very aware that I have been battling with health issues. Unfortunately over the past 12 months it has taken a turn for the worse. I have found it increasingly difficult to keep up with my very busy schedule, and to satisfactorily fulfil the commitments that my role demands.
As a result of my worsening health I simply cannot continue to represent Sparkbrook in the way that I think its people deserve.
I was elected as a councillor in 2005, and again in 2010, and I have always felt it was a real privilege to work for Sparkbrook. There are so many examples of initiative and commitment, and so many people who come together to achieve better things for the community.
To all those who I have worked with over the years, and to those who have campaigned, supported and voted for me, I offer my sincere and humble gratitude.
I am proud of our work as Respect Party councillors since 2005; proud that we stood up to the parties of war and big business; and proud of the representation we gave to people who had been let down by the big parties who took them for granted.
For the time being, I have to take a step back and give myself the time and space to concentrate on regaining my health. However, I am not retiring from politics just yet! I still have things to say and - health permitting - I hope to continue with occasional media appearances, writing and public speaking.
I may have been forced to resign as a councillor. But I remain as committed as ever to the struggle for a world free of war, racism and poverty.
Tuesday, 5 July 2011
For me the seminal moment was the sight of a sepulchral Rupert Murdoch - Berlusconi without the laughs - on the front of the Financial Times.
He was being hounded by a ratpack of journos to whom, face twisted in pain, he could only offer "No Comment".
For all the world he looked like an ageing, fading mafia don who'd hoped relocating to Miami beach would take him out of harm's way. And now knew different.
I declare an interest. Twenty five years ago today, I would have been about to head to Wapping to join the sacked print workers and journalists on the Saturday night picket of Murdoch's fortress.