The Lay of the Last Minstrel by Sir Walter Scott


From Canto Third:

In peace, Love tunes the shepherd’s reed;
In war, he mounts the warrior’s steed;
In halls, in gay attire is seen;
In hamlets, dances on the green.
Love rules the court, the camp, the grove,
And men below, and saints above;
For love is heaven, and heaven is love.



I leave University a cynic


Jade Azim

This whole…blog, is a pretty cynical one. Alright, a very cynical one. A self-indulgently, self-destructive one. A place that I’ve come to rant about how awful everything is. I might have argued that this malignant cynicism began at that exit poll. Maybe not then, because I was drunk as hell and didn’t quite believe it. Maybe it set in when I woke up the next day to one particular text message: “Ed Balls :(“. It was a very personal loss, one that reminded me that the past five years of wage stagnation and crippling debt would continue for me and my family. But I don’t actually think that was the moment I became a cynic. It was two years earlier.

I think optimism either comes from ignorance or privilege. A bold claim, yes, but let me justify it. I was an optimistic kid. You know, the annoying one that put…

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Tickets for the current run of Corbyn the Musical: The Motorcycle Diaries have now sold out


Forgotten Password Productions & Waterloo East Theatre


Corbyn the Musical:

The Motorcycle Diaries

By Bobby Friedman and Rupert Myers

One of the year’s most anticipated comedies, Corbyn the Musical: the Motorcycle Diaries is a no-holds barred political satire which – unlike the pacifistic Labour leader – pulls no punches against politicians of all parties.

The show sees Jeremy Corbyn facing a nuclear stand-off with Russian President Vladimir Putin.  With pressure mounting on all sides, Corbyn has to face up to the biggest challenge of his career.  But the solution lies in the story of the fateful motorbike holiday apparently taken by a young Corbyn and his then-lover Diane Abbott in 1970s pre-unification East Germany.

Featuring fictional appearances from Boris Johnson, Tony Blair and Ed Miliband amongst many others, Corbyn the Musical has been described as a cross between The Book of Mormon and The Thick of It.

With original music and composition by Jen Green (The Bachelor GirlsBattle of Britain at 75 – BBC Radio 2) this script comes from the comic writing talents behind successful independent podcast “Political Takeout”, long-featured as one of the most popular political and comedy podcasts in the UK.

“It sounds brilliant”- Kathy Burke, Have I Got News For You

“Surely no one could be so depraved as to actually make the thing?” The Evening Standard

Waterloo East Theatre has announced that the current run of Corbyn the Musical: the Motorcycle Diaries is now sold out, but a further run is not being ruled out.  You may register your interest in future performances or for an option on returned tickets by contacting the theatre.              @CorbynMusical

How many members of the Cult of #Corbyn does it take to replace a light bulb #Labour?


How many Corbynettes does it take to replace a light bulb?


One to give the light bulb a talking to about how Jeremy really won the 2017 General Election.

And, anyway, if the bulb is broken then it has to be the fault of neo-liberalism; the Jews; the Tory Party; the Jews; the mainstream media; the Jews; the trades unions not understanding that their members’ jobs should not come before the principles of Islington Socialists; the Jews; Blair; the Jews; the EU; the Jews; Brown; the Jews; Corbyn being insufficiently left wing; the Jews; the working class not appreciating the wonders of New, New Labour; the Jews; the CIA … and, yes, you’ve guessed it the Jews!

What radicalism means to me


Jade Azim

You know how you replay an argument in your head, wishing that you could -with retrospect- have said something different, something that could have been your dropping the mic moment? That happened to me yesterday, thinking about a debate I’d had way back when with a Green activist on campus. Yes, I get into a lot of quarrels with Green members, I’ll get back to that.

The argument went as so: It was early 2015. Having not actually talked to any Greens till now (There’s not enough Greens in my hometown to even attempt to create a Lightbulb joke), I didn’t really have any pre-existing prejudices about them. I’d gone to see Natalie Bennett speak and thought her nice. I considered them well-meaning hippies, if little else. I was not sure how he considered me. But he asked me my views on politics, on Labour. He asked me, roughly, “Do you think Labour are radical…

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