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Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Taking on the big six energy giants in not a left-wing delusion- ask Hungary




My new piece over at The Guardian's Comment is Free website.

Neil Clark: Hungary's centre-right prime minister, Viktor Orbán, has cut bills by 20% and wants to return utilities to the public sector

You can read the whole piece here.

Monday, October 28, 2013

'US aims to destroy all independently minded countries in the Middle East'.



New RT interview with me on the latest bombings in Iraq and why responsibility for the destruction of Iraq as a functioning country lies with the illegal invaders of 2003.

US Trojan horse: NSA scandal shows Europe would be better off without Britain 



My new piece over at RT.com OpEdge.

Like the curious incident of the dog that didn’t bark in the nighttime in the classic Sherlock Holmes story Silver Blaze, the most revealing thing about the latest NSA spying revelations which made world headlines last week was the non-barking of the UK. 

You can read the whole piece here.

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Freezing to death in neo-liberal Britain



My new piece for RT OpEdge.

The issue of rocketing gas and electricity bills in the UK highlights the massive disconnect that exists between Britain’s well-heeled, neo-liberal political elite and ordinary people. 
For ordinary Britons, rising energy bills – and the adverse impact that profiteering by the “Big Six” energy companies has had on our standard of living – is THE big issue of the day. It’s the issue that people are talking about in pubs and cafes, and it’s the issue that people want urgent action on.  
But our ruling elite have spent most of 2013 focusing not on energy prices - and how to bring them down, but on trying to topple the government in faraway Syria - and in privatizing the few remaining parts of the economy that are still in public ownership.

You can read the whole piece here.

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Ruled by hardcore capitalism, UK looks longingly at China



This new piece of mine appears over at RT OpEdge.

It’s interesting to see which country UK ruling right-wing, anti-communist and anti-socialist elite are desperate to get to ‘invest’ in Britain: The People’s Republic of China. That’s right - the country ruled by the Communist Party since 1949.

You can read the whole of the piece, on the glaring double standards of the UK's ruling elite, here.

Sunday, October 13, 2013

A right royal rip-off - What the Royal Mail privatisation tells us about modern Britain



It’s the wilful destruction of another much-loved British institution. The privatisation of the Royal Mail, the British postal service, brings to an end nearly five hundred years of history- stretching back the days of King Henry VIII. 
By privatising the Royal Mail, our coalition government has shown that it does not care a jot for our national heritage, or the devastating impact the sell-off will have on remote rural communities, or how the elderly and the poor will be disproportionately affected. They have shown us that all they care about is rewarding their wealthy backers in the City of London and keeping in with the giants of global capitalism.

Me on the shameful sell-off of the Royal Mail. You can read the whole article, over at RT.com OpEdge.

Western military intervention to blame for Libya chaos and lawlessness



Latest interview with me on RT.

An increase in crime in Libya, a destroyed economy, and the lack of political control over different tribes makes Libya worse off than 2 years ago, as October marks the death of Colonel Gaddafi, journalist Neil Clark has told RT.
Libyan Prime Minister Ali Zeidan spent several hours in captivity on Thursday after a 'former rebel' militia kidnapped him from a Tripoli hotel in retaliation for his apparent cooperation with a US anti-terror raid. 

The event, Clark argues, highlights the complete chaos that exits in Libya since the 2011 Western intervention. 

More here.

Friday, October 11, 2013

Lost in the (Huffington) Post: Labour's Royal Mail betrayal

This piece of mine appears in the Morning Star.

Labour's Chuka Umunna says there have been 'successful' privatisations - but NEIL CLARK struggles to think of any

One of the funniest moments in the hilarious Blackadder Goes Forth series was when our heroes are reminiscing about their time in the first world war trenches before the going "over the top" in the final "big push."
"I mean, we've had some good times. We've had damnably good laughs, eh?" says the silly-arse public schoolboy George (played by Hugh Laurie). "Yes. Can't think of any specific ones, myself..." replies Captain Blackadder.
I was reminded of that classic exchange when reading the article on Labour's policy towards the privatisation of the Royal Mail by shadow business secretary Chuka Umunna, published on the Huffington Post website.

You can read the whole piece here.

Monday, October 07, 2013

Peter Cook and Dudley Moore: The Odd Couple



This piece of mine on the great comedy duo appears in the Daily Express.
Above you can enjoy some classic Pete and Dud.

PETER COOK and Dudley Moore were unlikely comic partners.
Cook was a middle-class public schoolboy from Torquay whose father was a colonial administrator in Nigeria. Moore was brought up on a council estate in Dagenham, his father was an electrician, his mother a typist.

Moore was born with a withered leg and a club foot and his mother's reaction on being introduced to baby Dudley was: "This isn't my child. I don't want him. Take him away." He was bullied at school on account of his deformities.

You can read the whole piece here. 

Sunday, October 06, 2013

In Memoriam Dennis Price, 'Kind-Heart(ed) actor, died 6th October 1973

Exactly forty years ago today, the actor Dennis Price, star of that wonderful black comedy Kind Hearts and Coronets, died at the age of 58.  Here's my 2007 tribute piece from the Sunday Express.

Friday, October 04, 2013

Harold Laski - the man who influenced Ralph Miliband

A timely re-post of my piece on Professor Harold Laski, published in the New Statesman earlier this year.

During the 2010 Labour leadership campaign, much was written of the influence of Ralph Miliband, the brilliant Marxist academic and father of two rivals for the job of leader, Ed and David. Yet what of the man who influenced Ralph Miliband?

You can read the whole article here.

Tuesday, October 01, 2013

Iraq: The greatest 'non-story' of the modern era



This new piece of mine appears over at RT's OpEdge.

Another day and yet more death and destruction in the Middle East country.

The latest violence has killed at least 54 people and injured over 100 others. In July, over 1,000 people were killed and over 2,300 wounded.

You probably think I’m talking about Syria. But I’m not. I’m talking about Iraq. The country that George W. Bush and Tony Blair 'liberated’ in 2003.

You can read the whole article here.