Monday, 24 July 2017

Setting The Standard

This is to make possible the launch, in October 2017 or as soon as possible thereafter, of a new print magazine, The Weekly Standard. There will be 25 pages of popular television, pop music, and football.

And there will be 25 pages of alternatives to neoliberal economic policy and to neoconservative foreign policy, including weekly columns by Jeremy Corbyn, Richard Burgon, George Galloway, various supporters of one or more of those, paleoconservatives from both sides of the Atlantic, and the only guaranteed Liberal Democrat columnist in the national media, as well as a page of reflections from the traditions of Christianity in Britain and in the Middle East that are politically radical precisely because they are doctrinally orthodox.

In addition to the regular columns, each edition will feature five guest articles. The subjects of those are already intended to include Modern Monetary Theory, the valiant struggle of the Durham and Derby Teaching Assistants, the scandal of blacklisting in the construction industry, the fraud against the Mineworkers' Pension Scheme, the right-wing case against Trident, the case against NATO by a former Special Assistant to President Reagan, the crisis on St Helena, the Chagossians, the Dalits, the Rohingya, fathers' rights, the persecution of Dorje Shugden practitioners, the secular humanist case against assisted suicide, and the Britons fighting against the so-called Islamic State in Syria. All this, and a great deal more besides.

Alongside popular television, pop music, and football. With a serious commitment to all of them, and to the right of their fans to read intelligent comment that treats them as adults and as the citizens who most need to be equipped for the struggle against neoliberal economic policy and against neoconservative foreign policy.


  1. Of course you know you'll need far more money than this but realism is paramount in these things. Good luck with this, it could do a lot of good. You should have been a national media and political figure for years.

  2. They have had you arrested and charged to try and stop this project, but it is still going ahead.

    Allegedly Laura Pidcock is held in high regard by Corbyn and his circle. Such high regard that she has been given absolutely nothing. Say what you like about Hilary Armstrong and it would all be true, but this seat used to be represented by a Cabinet Minister. Now we don't even get a PPS, she might as well be Neil Fleming, in fact even he would have been given something.

    And to think that we could have had you, the man for whom Jeremy Corbyn, Richard Burgon and George Galloway agree to write weekly columns.

  3. Have Corbyn, Burgon and Galloway all agreed to write weekly columns then? Gosh.

    1. Yes. Jeremy at a funeral last year (this has been one for the long haul), George at around the same time in writing and then he confirmed it face to face early this year, and Richard at the Durham Miners' Gala this month. We only need the readies.