ga('send', 'pageview');
John Passant

Site menu:

June 2016
« May   Jul »



RSS Oz House



Subscribe to us

Get new blog posts delivered to your inbox.


Site search


Keep socialist blog En Passant going - donate now
If you want to keep a blog that makes the arguments every day against the ravages of capitalism going and keeps alive the flame of democracy and community, make a donation to help cover my costs. And of course keep reading the blog. To donate click here. Keep socialist blog En Passant going. More... (4)

Sprouting sh*t for almost nothing
You can prove my 2 ex-comrades wrong by donating to my blog En Passant at BSB: 062914 Account: 1067 5257, the Commonwealth Bank in Tuggeranong, ACT. More... (12)

My interview Razor Sharp 18 February
Me interviewed by Sharon Firebrace on Razor Sharp on Tuesday 18 February. (0)

My interview Razor Sharp 11 February 2014
Me interviewed by Sharon Firebrace on Razor Sharp this morning. The Royal Commission, car industry and age of entitlement get a lot of the coverage. (0)

Razor Sharp 4 February 2014
Me on 4 February 2014 on Razor Sharp with Sharon Firebrace. (0)

Time for a House Un-Australian Activities Committee?
Tony Abbott thinks the Australian Broadcasting Corporation is Un-Australian. I am looking forward to his government setting up the House Un-Australian Activities Committee. (1)

Make Gina Rinehart work for her dole

Sick kids and paying upfront


Save Medicare

Demonstrate in defence of Medicare at Sydney Town Hall 1 pm Saturday 4 January (0)

Me on Razor Sharp this morning
Me interviewed by Sharon Firebrace this morning for Razor Sharp. It happens every Tuesday. (0)



Jeremy Corbyn says unite behind his leadership

Jeremy Corbyn issued the following statement, after 172 Labour MPs supported a motion of ‘No Confidence’ in his leadership.

“In the aftermath of last week’s referendum, our country faces major challenges. Risks to the economy and living standards are growing. The public is divided.

The government is in disarray. Ministers have made it clear they have no exit plan, but are determined to make working people pay with a new round of cuts and tax rises.

Labour has the responsibility to give a lead where the government will not. We need to bring people together, hold the government to account, oppose austerity and set out a path to exit that will protect jobs and incomes.

To do that we need to stand together. Since I was elected leader of our party nine months ago, we have repeatedly defeated the government over its attacks on living standards.

Last month, Labour become the largest party in the local elections. In Thursday’s referendum, a narrow majority voted to leave, but two thirds of Labour supporters backed our call for a remain vote.

I was democratically elected leader of our party for a new kind of politics by 60% of Labour members and supporters, and I will not betray them by resigning. Today’s vote by MPs has no constitutional legitimacy.

We are a democratic party, with a clear constitution. Our people need Labour party members, trade unionists and MPs to unite behind my leadership at a critical time for our country.”



Comment from Ross
Time June 30, 2016 at 8:01 pm

Jeremy said he wanted QE for the people and this was the definition of heresy in his own party. Jeremy wanted money to make the real economy function instead of inflating the share market.

John admit the reality,all our political parties are owned by the big bankers .He who pays the piper calls the tune. It’s a big club owned by 0.001% of the world’s elite, and we ain’t in it.

Our system is on the brink of total collapse with no real leaders in sight. What do you think the result will be ?

Comment from paul walter
Time July 2, 2016 at 3:06 am

I cant “get”some sections of the Labour party. It really is the Mad Hatter’s Tea Party, once great Britain.

Comment from Chris Warren
Time July 2, 2016 at 11:43 am

I think it is quite simple. The British working class has enjoyed a welfare state and therefore tends to accept the status quo – without knowing that this is capitalism and contains tendencies for wage cuts, job cuts, and debt. This prevailed until Thatcher. It solidified rightwing Labour and misled them into supporting Blairism.

Since Thatcher and Blair the british working class (and population) has been challenged by cuts and a growing awareness in society of social injustice, decay, and increased gap between rich and poor. This is reflected in the rise of Corbyn – but not within the Party which is still dominated by the Right and Blairite ideology.

What you describe as a Mad Hatters Tea Party, is just the expected conflict needed to adjust the labour movment to new emerging circumstances.

This is not the time to be casting such aspersions.

Comment from John
Time July 5, 2016 at 7:22 am

I don’t describe it a Mad Hatters Tea Party. This is a statement from Corbyn. Where do you get that idea? Ah OK, another contributor.