Friday, October 13, 2006

Return of the Friday open thread

I am planning one of my wannabe Marxist intellectual posts on the future of European social democracy later today, if I get it finished. But in the meantime, please feel free to talk among yourselves this FOT.

Topic of the week has obviously been Jack Straw's remarks on the veil. I consciously said nothing about it, because I didn't feel I had anything original or insightful to say. In any case, there has been plenty of debate on this one on Stroppyblog, JBlog and Shiraz Socialist, to name but three.

Wasn't Jack Straw's form of words clever? In and of themselves, he said nothing to which any reasonable person could object. But in the current climate, the effect is to generate further anti-Muslim racism. This guy really is a master of dog whistle politics.

The more observant among you will notice some new links. In particular, I'd just like to single out Southpaw Punch for a special mention. This guy really is the only orthodox Trotskyist blogger I have yet seen anywhere on the internet worth reading regularly. The opinions are ultraleft, but the writing is spot on.

Lastly, the usual appeal for tip offs and information. Got any political or trade union gossip? Tell your Uncle Dave. Trust me, I'm a journalist.

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