Joker | A Review

Source:: Random Public Journal Joker | A Review Tweet Follow @RPJblog By Jason Michael ALMOST EVERY REVIEW of Todd Phillips’ Joker (2019) begins with the disclaimer that the reviewer doesn’t usually go in for films like this, DC and Marvel comic book adventures on the big screen. Neither do I, but I do have a strange personal relationship with these stories and with the DC universe in particular. Some time ago, as a Biblical Studies PhD student, I was exploring Claude Lévi-Strauss’ theory of mythemes – the idea… Read the full article:: Random Public Journal Joker | A […]

Little Bits of Britain

Source:: Random Public Journal Little Bits of Britain Tweet Follow @RPJblog By Jason Michael Last night, BBC Newsnight released the latest instalment of its State of the Union series, an episode now available on YouTube – ‘Will Brexit lead to the break-up of the union?’ Previous instalments have focused on public opinion in Scotland, Wales, and the six counties in the north of Ireland. Last night’s episode took an in-depth look at the thoughts and opinions of ordinary people in various parts of England. To say that some… Read the full article:: Random Public Journal Little Bits of […]

Grievance Chimp

Source:: Random Public Journal Grievance Chimp Tweet Follow @RPJblog By Jason Michael In the months and weeks leading up to the 2014 independence referendum, while we still kinda thought unionist campaigners on social media were real human beings and not British government funded bot accounts, those of us working for a Yes vote were under massive pressure to keep the campaign ‘positive.’ Yes Scotland was a positive campaign making the case for independence. Under close and unfair scrutiny from the unionist press – the only press… Read the full article:: Random Public Journal Grievance Chimp

Cheap and Meaningless

Source:: Random Public Journal Cheap and Meaningless Tweet Follow @RPJblog By Jason Michael WE WEAR THE POPPY, or so we are told, to remember those who fell in the trenches of France and Flanders during the global imperial war of 1914-18, to pay tribute to those who paid the greatest sacrifice for their king and their country. About fifteen years ago I decided to stop wearing a poppy. I came to the conclusion that this cheap and meaningless little flower was a symbol of things far uglier… Read the full article:: Random Public Journal Cheap and Meaningless

Addressing Some Tory Lies

Source:: Random Public Journal Addressing Some Tory Lies Tweet Follow @RPJblog By Jason Michael ACCUSING POLITICAL OPPONENTS of Antisemitism and Holocaust denial – the political equivalent of spray-painting ‘PEDO’ on a hated neighbour’s door – is a favourite tactic of the right-wing. In English politics, this was exactly what was levelled against Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn after Ken Livingstone made insensitive comments about collaboration between the Hitler’s Germany and Zionist organisations before and during the Second World War. ‘Collaboration’ is a bit of a stretch, but the history… Read the full article:: Random Public Journal Addressing Some Tory […]

Britain’s Famine in Ireland

Source:: Random Public Journal Britain’s Famine in Ireland Tweet Follow @RPJblog By Jason Michael AN GORTA MÓR – the Irish for the Great Famine of 1845-49 – is Ireland’s version of the well-known but seldom discussed family secret. Generations of Irish emigrants in Britain, North America, and Australia didn’t talk much of the reasons their forebears left their homes in search of new lives abroad. In Ireland itself, with the exception of a handful of books on the subject and its brief coverage in the national education curriculum,… Read the full article:: Random Public Journal Britain’s Famine in […]

Vindictive Britain

Source:: Random Public Journal Vindictive Britain Tweet Follow @RPJblog By Jason Michael SINCE COMING TO POWER in the United Kingdom, the Conservative Party has implemented a number of savage economic austerity measures which have resulted in at least 130,000 preventable deaths in England and Wales alone. Frontline medical services in every part of the UK have been reporting a sharp increase in malnutrition and the return of hunger related diseases not seen in Britain since the 1930s. While the Conservatives refuse to listen and plough ahead… Read the full article:: Random Public Journal Vindictive Britain

The DeSouza Case

Source:: Random Public Journal The DeSouza Case Tweet Follow @RPJblog By Jason Michael NOT A SINGLE self-respecting Republican ever expected Britain to honour the Good Friday Agreement. Britain has never respected Ireland and the Irish people enough to consider agreements with them worth the paper they are written on. The imperialist British psyche, even today in 2019, makes it difficult for Britain to grasp the reality that Ireland is not part of Britain and not subject to its authority. The naivety of the comfortable middle-classes in Ireland… Read the full article:: Random Public Journal The DeSouza Case

Question and Answer

Source:: Random Public Journal Question and Answer Tweet Follow @RPJblog By Jason Michael “Can I ask you a question?” asked one of my maths students earlier this afternoon. “It’s nothing to do with Stats,” he assured me. “Aye, sure pal,” I said, “fire away.” Neil (not his real name) is having a tough time of it. He’s an exceptional young mathematician, but, like a lot of exceptional people, his mental health isn’t always the best. Being seventeen isn’t a walk in the park, and for Neil this… Read the full article:: Random Public Journal Question and Answer

Party Time

Source:: Random Public Journal Party Time Tweet Follow @RPJblog By Jason Michael TALK OF THE FORMATION of new pro-independence parties in Scotland for the purposes of challenging the hegemony of the Scottish National Party and representing other political interests in the country has caused something of a stir. Stu Campbell of Wings Over Scotland fame and Lesley Riddoch have suggested setting up parties and I haven’t shied away from discussing the need for another party myself. The reaction to these suggestions has been varied, to say… Read the full article:: Random Public Journal Party Time

No Plan B

Source:: Random Public Journal No Plan B Tweet Follow @RPJblog By Jason Michael AS READERS ARE AWARE, the efforts of “SNP rebels” to introduce a debate on alternative routes to independence in the face of continued rejections of the Scottish government’s requests for another Section 30 order were crushed at the Scottish National Party’s conference in Aberdeen yesterday – to the sound of jeers and boos. In fairness, this was a matter for the SNP to decide, and the democratic decision of its membership in conclave was… Read the full article:: Random Public Journal No Plan B

A Woman with Good Shoes

Source:: Random Public Journal A Woman with Good Shoes Tweet Follow @RPJblog By Jason Michael TAKE A DEEP BREATH, I’m about to mansplain shoes and women in politics. Some context: Scotland’s Daily Record newspaper – a notorious unionist tabloid – revealed to its readership yesterday that the SNP’s Eva Bolander, the Lord Provost of the city of Glasgow, “billed the taxpayer for 23 pairs of shoes as part of an £8000 spending spree on clothing and beauty products,” a juicy SNP-bad story the BBC never failed to exploit. Always… Read the full article:: Random Public Journal A Woman […]

Hero of Piper Alpha

Source:: Random Public Journal Hero of Piper Alpha Tweet Follow @RPJblog By Jason Michael OVER THREE DECADES AFTER the disaster, Seán O’Donoghue was still trapped beneath the burning platform of the Piper Alpha oil rig. The poems he wrote and the art he produced always wept for the memories he could never escape. More often than I can remember he told me of the searing heat in the air hanging over the foam of the North Sea. Black oil falling, in flames in parts, from the towering platform… Read the full article:: Random Public Journal Hero of Piper […]

Populism and Democracy in Scotland

Source:: Random Public Journal Populism and Democracy in Scotland Tweet Follow @RPJblog By Jason Michael “TO LEARN WHO RULES over you,” as the quote often misattributed to Voltaire goes, “simply find out who you are not allowed to criticise.” Try criticising the Scottish National Party in Scotland and you will soon realise that the party has attracted to itself a significant following of pro-independence supporters who will tolerate no dissent or criticism of any kind of Nicola Sturgeon, the First Minister and leader of the SNP, and the party… Read the full article:: Random Public Journal Populism and […]

Brexit: The Meaning of Terrorism

Source:: Random Public Journal Brexit: The Meaning of Terrorism Tweet Follow @RPJblog By Jason Michael TERRORISM IS NOT NEW.  This tactic of asymmetric warfare has been in the background of all our lives for as long as we can remember. Not even is this a novelty of the ‘modern world.’ State and non-state actors, in pursuit of their political and ideological objectives, have employed terroristic methods for as long as there have been disequilibria in the balance of power. Almost every armed insurgency in history, when the rebellion was… Read the full article:: Random Public Journal Brexit: The […]