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The Ambridge Socialist: Titchener, should he stay or should he go?

In Uncategorized on September 25, 2016 by kmflett

The Ambridge Socialist

25th September CONTACT KEITH FLETT 07803 167266

The real Borsetshire Echo: 60 years of class struggle in Ambridge

Titchener: I’m not going anywhere. Is he right?


Usha has given Rob Titchener two months notice to quit Blossom Hill Cottage. Her partner, Vicar Alan, wheeled out a few Biblically based thoughts on the subjects of cheeks and neighbours but Usha has rightly pointed out that Titchener’s departure from Ambridge would improve village cohesion.

Titchener has vowed to stay in Ambridge so he can lurk in the vicinity of ‘Gideon’ and Henry.

Opposition is expected if Titchener attempts to move to nearby villages but there is an obvious place for him: Albert Square, London E20. In Walford his various transgressions would hardly be worthy of comment.

The Ambridge Socialist poll

Ian and Adam

Meanwhile Adam has moved out and into the Bull after the revelation at Titchener’s trial that he had liaisons with others. However- a significant plus- he has been included in Bert’s pub quiz team. He may well review the decision to move out on this basis..

Should Helen make a complaint?

Borsetshire Police have asked Helen is she wants to make a complaint against Titchener. The Ambridge Socialist view is that legal remedies have their limitations

Ambridge dialogue of the week

Joe Grundy ‘we’re calling it the cider club’

Oliver Sterling ‘ah like the golf club?’

Joe Grundy ‘I hope not’

In other news

Josh has plans to grow mushrooms. David is in the dark

It’s the Flower & Produce Show. Joe is not entering this year



Haringey trade unionists welcome re-election of Jeremy Corbyn as Labour leader

In Uncategorized on September 24, 2016 by kmflett

Haringey TUC
24th September

Secretary: Keith Flett 07803 167266

Haringey trade unionists welcome re-election of Jeremy Corbyn as Labour leader

Haringey TUC the local North London wing of the TUC has welcomed news of Jeremy Corbyn’s re-election as leader of the Labour Party.

The trade unionists say that while there are always differences and disagreements the broad principles that Corbyn stand on, such as opposition to austerity led cuts in services and anti-racism, are ones that have great support in the local labour movement.

Corbyn started his labour movement career in Haringey in the 1970s and has been a good friend to Haringey TUC over 5 decades.

Haringey TUC Secretary Keith Flett said, apparently I once disagreed with Jeremy over some aspect of William Morris’s politics but generally when it comes to the day to day business of the labour movement, defending and advancing the interests of ordinary people, we are on the same political page, if not always quite the same paragraph.
Jeremy Corbyn the Haringey Years

Some of the things Janet Daley said in her July 2015 Telegraph article (link below) about Jeremy Corbyn and Haringey were true.

Corbyn was an official of NUPE (a forerunner of UNISON) and he was a Labour Councillor in the Borough until 1983 when he became MP for Islington North.

It is also true that, as now, he was left-wing.

Such of the remainder of Daley’s article around disputes about housing in Hornsey may or may not be true (I was living in Muswell Hill at the time) but is not particularly relevant to Jeremy Corbyn.

It’s true that his brother Piers was at one point associated with the International Marxist Group, which btw Ms Daley was a Trotskyist not a Maoist organisation (journalists really should check their facts) but guilt by association is an ugly thing. And Piers is currently clean shaven and actually a rather well known and respected weather forecaster.

It’s also true that a number of socialists joined Hornsey Labour Party in the period Ms Daley writes about (some of whom from memory had been in the International Socialists forerunner of the current SWP). They got Ted Knight selected as Parliamentary candidate. Ted was a principled socialist but didn’t win the seat for Labour sadly.

Meanwhile Jeremy Corbyn was well regarded in labour movement politics in the Borough. He was instrumental in sorting out what was then Wood Green Labour Club (now Social Club) and the system he devised for canvassing voters was so efficient that it is still well regarded.

As correspondence in the New Statesman has underlined (28 Augus 2015), Corbyn was regarded as an effective campaigning Councillor during his time in the Borough.

In short, he was of course left-wing but he worked hard and to good effect.

Haringey hasn’t had a Tory Councillor for many years now, and the Council, while still determinedly Labour, is rather different to when Corbyn was a Councillor.

As Bob Dylan noted, things have changed.

One thing hasn’t though. Jeremy still has the beard.

Keith Flett is a long term Haringey resident and Secretary of Haringey TUC

Link to Telegraph article


Poll: should Owen Smith grow a consolation beard?

In Uncategorized on September 24, 2016 by kmflett

Beard Liberation Front

24th September

Should Owen Smith grow a consolation beard


Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn looks on puzzled as to why Owen Smith has yet to grow a beard

The Beard Liberation Front, the informal network of beard wearers, has urged failed Labour leadership candidate Owen Smith to consider growing a beard.

There has been a political fashion for consolation beards since defeated US Presidential candidate Al Gore grew one and the trend has continued with failed Tory leadership candidate Michael Gove appearing with a beard in August 2016.

The campaigners say that Jeremy Corbyn’s decisive victory in the Labour leadership vote underlines the popularity of beards.

BLF Organiser Keith Flett said, its up to Owen Smith but he might find that a beard provides added gravitas


Corbyn set to rival Keir Hardie’s record as hirsute Labour leader

In Uncategorized on September 24, 2016 by kmflett

London Socialist Historians Group

24th September

Contact Keith Flett 07803 167266

Corbyn set to rival Keir Hardie as hirsute Labour leader


The London Socialist Historians Group, which organises the socialist history seminar at the Institute of Historical Research in central London, has said that with Jeremy Corbyn’s re-election as Labour leader on 24th September he looks set to be overtake the record previously held by Keir Hardie as the longest tenure of a Labour leader with a beard.

Keir Hardie was Labour leader from 17th January 1906 to 22nd January 1908. He was the only Labour leader with a full beard until Corbyn was elected on 12th September 2015.

The historians say that while there are some links between Corbyn and Hardie in terms of political belief and style the key connection is that neither man is a career politician in a suit but an activist who has come from the labour movement grassroots.

London Socialist Historians convenor Keith Flett said, historically Jeremy Corbyn is an unusual Labour leader but then so was Keir Hardie. Hardie’s appearance and dress sense was often remarked on much as Corbyn’s is. History suggests that it often takes politicians outside of the accepted mainstream of the day to grapple with changing political times.



Corbyn victory makes him favourite to win Parliamentary Beard of the Year

In Uncategorized on September 24, 2016 by kmflett

Beard Liberation Front


Press release 24th September


Contact Keith Flett 07803 167266




The Beard Liberation Front, the informal network of beard wearers, has welcomed the Age of the Beard with the news that Jeremy Corbyn has been re-elected Labour leader and said that his victory makes him favourite to win the vote for Parliamentary Beard of the Year in December.

Jeremy Corbyn is six times winner of the Parliamentary Beard of the Year Award and was the winner of the original award in 2001. While his beard may be a little more restrained these days, it was a consistent presence on the Parliamentary backbenches for over 30 years.

The campaigners say that Corbyn has again faced many comments about his beard and informal appearance during the Leadership campaign but his victory underlines the growing disenchantment that there is with clean shaven politicians in suits

The 2016 Parliamentary Beard of the Year Award poll will open on 25th November with the publication of the 2016 shortlist with the winner announced on 9th December 2016

BLF organiser Keith Flett said, we hope Jeremy Corbyn’s re-election as Labour leader will herald a more Beard Friendly Britain where how people dress and appear is less important than what they say and what they do. Whatever people think about his wider political impact his beard is a proven election winner.

Winners of the Parliamentary Beard of the Year Award

2001 Jeremy Corbyn

2002 Charles Clarke

2003 Robin Cook

2004 Frank Dobson

2005 David Blunkett

2006 George Galloway

2007 Jeremy Corbyn

2008 John Thurso

2009 Tom Watson

2010 Gerry Adams

2011 Jeremy Corbyn

2012 Jeremy Corbyn/John Randall

2013 Julian Huppert

2014 Jeremy Corbyn

2015 Jeremy Corbyn


Campaigners welcome growth of beards in Northern Ireland politics

In Uncategorized on September 24, 2016 by kmflett

Beard Liberation Front

23rd September

Contact Keith Flett 07803 167266

Campaigners welcome growth of beards in Northern Ireland politics


The Beard Liberation Front, the informal network of beard wearers, has welcomed the growth of beards in Northern Ireland politics with the decision of SDLP leader and MLA for Foyle Colum Eastwood to become hirsute.

Eastwood joins other Northern Ireland political leaders with beards including the Alliance’s David Ford and former Beard of Ireland winner the Green Party’s Steven Agnew.

The campaigners say that Eastwood joins a wider trend towards a more hirsute politics with former Tory Minister Michael Gove appearing with a beard in August and even UKIP’s Nigel Farage briefly sporting a moustache.

BLF Organiser Keith Flett said, we back diversity of political image and that of course includes beards. Colum Eastwood’s organic beard further underlines that you don’t have to be a clean shaven man in a suit to be a successful politician.



The Great Welsh Beer Festival: good beer drinking in Cardiff

In Uncategorized on September 23, 2016 by kmflett

The Great Welsh Beer Festival


CAMRA’s Great Welsh Beer Festival is taking place at the Depot in Cardiff (10 minutes walk from Cardiff railway station) until Saturday night. If you’re in or nearby Cardiff do go along. Entrance is modestly priced and the venue is spacious with plenty of seating and plenty of beer (and cider and perry) to try in half pints.

I’ve been attending the GWBCF since the days it was in the Star Centre in Splott. The Star Centre (now revamped) was in those days a monument to the architectural ambitions of Eastern Europe in the days before the demise of the Soviet Union.

The GWBCF is to an extent one of the more traditional CAMRA fests. It is cask only (no keykeg) and the range of beer is similar to that you might find at the Great British Beer Festival. That is to say some really excellent beers and rather more that are perfectly OK and perfectly drinkable but not perhaps stand out.

Of course what you like is down to personal taste and preference.

It is good to see two Cardiff breweries that are usually keg only -Crafty Devil and Pipes- with highly drinkable cask options. Otley and Tiny Rebel the leading names in independent Welsh beer are both there and I was also impressed by the two beers from Tenby. Other developing breweries such as Hopcraft, Mad Dog and Heavy Industry also have casks. Grey Trees and Boss are arguably a little more traditional in beer style but if that’s your thing you’ll certainly enjoy.

That said once you’ve sampled what’s on offer at the Depot you’ll find an equally impressive range of beers (cask and keg) these days back after a short walk to central Cardiff. The Cambrian Tap, Brewdog, Zero Degrees, The Urban Tap House, City Arms, and the Hop Bunker probably offer between them almost as many beers as you’ll find at the GWBCF.

Good beer drinking in Cardiff is changing for the better and the Great Welsh Beer and Cider festival is an important part of that change.