Map of the 2020 presidential election result.

Figures have been updated to reflect recounts and the resulting small changes to the final voting figures.

All states (and DC) have now certified their presidential election results and while Biden won the popular vote by over seven million votes and handily won the Electoral College, it’s clear that the 2020 Presidential Election was far closer than is generally recognized; 43,423 votes in just three states made all the difference.

Please note, we’re talking about the actual results here. There’s simply no evidence of wide-scale or significant fraud. None. However, voter suppression on the other hand is real, pervasive, and…

Starmer and Corbyn — Seeming Relevant Versus Being Relevant

Corbyn and others
Image rights: Jeremy Corbyn, CC0, via Wikimedia Commons

Someone pointed out that the biggest lasting legacy of the Corbyn-McDonnell project, from when it ran the Labour Party, could well be its influence on Rishi Sunak and the Conservative government’s economic policy response to COVID-19.

The ex-leader and ex-shadow chancellor called for massive state intervention in the economy and substantial assistance to industry and workers. The government would borrow about £400 billion in 2020 to make it happen. For comparison, the extra spending commitments in Labour’s 2019 general election manifesto totalled £80 billion.

Call it the Overton Window in action if you like, but Corbyn and McDonnell weren’t trying…

Could Britain rejoin the EU?

Yes, but it will be tremendously, enormously, difficult. That’s no reason to not try but it’s important to recognise the scale of the challenge ahead. From time to time, some politicians and pundits will talk about how easy it all will be, until they move on to their next grift.

Bold, coherent action would be needed to create a mass, popular, pro-European movement. The events before, during, and, after the referendum, are not promising that this will happen. …

Trump (Image: Gage Skidmore)

If Trump loses his bid for reelection this November, which according to opinion polls is an increasingly likely outcome, what’s next for Donald Trump?

Those who are hoping to see the back of Trump if Biden beats him may be disappointed. If Trump loses this November, he could run again for president in 2024 — there’s nothing to stop a one-term president seeking a second non-consecutive term.

It’s more than just a theoretical possibility. Trump may be well placed to win the Republican nomination in 2024 if he wanted it.

United States presidents serving no more than two terms is…

A man leaps across a deep gully.

I was crying in the basement of a hotel in Eastbourne. Through some intense emotions, I thought; I’m overweight, I’m in my thirties, and I’m crying.

I must look ridiculous.

It was definitely not part of the plan for my life or this weekend.

There were thirty or forty of us gathered in the hotel basement. Some other people were crying as well but most weren’t. A small number were engaged in, what is called, speaking-in-tongues. At least one person was lying on the floor, vigorously shaking, apparently at the behest of a supernatural force. The remaining people were either…

A castle with a blue sky in the background
The Castle of Zafra in Guadalajara, Spain (one of the filming locations)

Beware there are spoilers here — though they won’t spoil Game of Thrones as much as the writers did with the show’s last episode.

Is there a TV show that has disappeared from our collective cultural awareness as quickly as Game of Thrones did? There were so many stories in newspapers and on websites, so many conversations in the office and the pub but now… no-one talks about it. It’s like it never happened. And it’s right that we no longer talk about it. There should be consequences for any last episode as poor as we got from Game of Thrones.

People still talk about Star Wars as badly as that has gone. You can choose to just watch the original trilogy, even the…

British soldier on the beaches of Normandy on D-Day.
British soldiers on the beaches of Normandy on D-Day (public domain)

Britain was forever changed by the Second World War, though not as much as some countries like the defeated, annihilated Germany and Japan, nor the new superpowers that emerged from World War 2; a devastated Russia with its millions upon millions of dead or the United States which became an economic powerhouse and turned the 20th century into an American one.

Perhaps uniquely though Britain is still significantly culturally and politically influenced by WW2. Seventy-five years after its end, Britain’s victory in WW2 is cited frequently in the press on a range of different subjects and many Britons, born decades…

A candle in the dark

Tens of thousands of Britons have died with no end in sight to this pandemic. Each day sees a new number of total deaths but that number is too often treated as a mere statistic if it’s mentioned at all — and in many newspapers, it isn’t.

The media and politicians are happy to talk about the NHS and how much we need to clap, about centenarians walking for charity, about Boris Johnson’s illness and personal life. …

Jeremy Corbyn and Keir Starmer at a press conference

I’ve edited the title from ‘Keir’s Here: The Case for Optimism for the Labour Left’. No one on the Left should be optimistic! But we should stay in the Labour Party.

The protracted Labour leadership contest is finally over. Keir Starmer is the new leader of the Labour Party with a decisive victory.

This doesn’t seem to be the prevailing view, and I’m by no means one of life’s natural optimists, but objectively looking at the current situation, the Left of the Labour Party has every reason to be optimistic about the position that we now find ourselves in.


Donald Trump and Joe Biden

Update (June 2020): I really hope I’m wrong. I mention the coronavirus below but the true scale of it is now obvious and Trump’s inept handling could change everything as could an economy in freefall. Also, I didn’t foresee Trump recommending people to drink bleach.

From time to time many of us think, how on earth did Donald Trump become the President of the United States? A major reason was that the Democrats chose a nominee who was one of the few candidates that could lose to Trump.

And they’re about to do it again.

“I’m with her”. That always…

Andy Higson

Psychology, politics, history, and moments of realisation and despair. There are attempts at humour.

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