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Impressions from the war of my youth, 25 years after the Medak Pocket.

Arrival Arriving in Zagreb  stampeding down the stairs from the aircraft to the waiting minibus, no skyway just stairs mounted on a service vehicle and a garishly painted bus at the … Continue reading Impressions from the war of my youth, 25 years after the Medak Pocket.

Why the Progressive Left desperately needs to stop trolling Jordon Peterson’s Twitter and have a hard look at itself

   This is an update to an article written a few months back. At the moment the furor surrounding Sarah Jeong is still unfolding but its progress is I think … Continue reading Why the Progressive Left desperately needs to stop trolling Jordon Peterson’s Twitter and have a hard look at itself

The lesson the NDP desperately needs to take from the Ontario election.

What we don’t need to do as a Party, or party supporters, is to start attacking Ontario Conservative or Liberal voters as “deplorable’s” “alt-right” “fascist” or any of the rest of the hyperbolic hate fest. The “us and them” dichotomy of virtue signaling, identity politics helped Ford win Queens Park. Wynne’s Liberals approached social issues with the arrogance that has disastrously been in fashion on the left. Anyone who questioned any part of the agenda was labelled as a “fascist” “alt-right” or “something-phobic”. This is not progressive politics and it is not in line with core NDP policies of inclusion and respect for all. Debate and education, not hate and derision. It also did more than any one single factor in electing Doug Ford, we made progressive politics a place of shame and division, fear and recrimination. Tommy Douglas wanted us to persuade the other mice of what was actually in their own interest not belittle, and attack them with operatic rhetoric. One is a winning strategy, one clearly, is not.

Why this Veteran thinks no one should care if OnNDP’s Laura Kaminker wears a Poppy.

      “In Flanders Fields” In Flanders fields the poppies blow Between the crosses, row on row, That mark our place; and in the sky The larks, still bravely singing, fly Scarce … Continue reading Why this Veteran thinks no one should care if OnNDP’s Laura Kaminker wears a Poppy.