Here is a dispatch from the north-east by Andrew Hankinson, one of the best feature writers around, who wrote a superb piece on the effects of the crash of 2008 on the young.
It sums up one of my worries about Labour’s awful response to David Cameron’s speech on the need to revive liberal values. It is not just that Labour was refusing to defend liberal Muslims in their struggle against reactionaries, or that Labour was making itself ridiculous by refusing to take a stand against Islamic Forum Europe, the Muslim Brotherhood and other vicious outfits, but it showed that the party was impaling itself on a fork. If it cannot stand up against Islamist groups that are racist, sexist, homophobic and anti-democratic, how can it argue in conscience against the BNP and EDL? Will Labour only oppose the rhetoric of ultra-reaction when men with white skins propagate it?
Andrew watched the shadow cabinet’s visit to Newcastle last week. Here’s what he had to say:
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