“This will show how similar Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil are in policy and actions.” An interview with Irish writer, poet and LGBT+ activist Scott De Buitléir

Scott De Buitléir is an author and poet from the Republic of Ireland. He’s also the founder of EILE magazine, which focuses on LGBT+ issues. In our socially distanced interview we talk Ireland’s potential new government, COVID-19, LGBT+ equality, and more. MH: Scott, thanks so much for doing this interview. SDB: My pleasure, Mathew! Great to beContinue reading ““This will show how similar Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil are in policy and actions.” An interview with Irish writer, poet and LGBT+ activist Scott De Buitléir”

“There has been a vicious campaign against Trans women.”A special interview, marking IDAHoBiT, with Baroness Liz Barker

Baroness Liz Barker was made a life peer representing the Liberal Democrats in 1999. She is the party’s Lords Spokesperson for LGBT+ issues and the Voluntary Sector. Baroness Barker is also a Vice Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Global LGBT+ Rights and is involved with a number of LGBT+ charities. ForContinue reading ““There has been a vicious campaign against Trans women.”A special interview, marking IDAHoBiT, with Baroness Liz Barker”

“Just because Labour and the Tories have been the two largest parties for a century doesn’t mean that is going to continue” An interview with Baroness Natalie Bennett, former Green Party leader

Natalie Bennett (Baroness Bennett of Manor Castle) is only the second ever Green Party member of the House of Lords. She was the leader of the Green Party of England and Wales from 2012 to 2016. She is the party’s Spokesperson on Rural Affairs, Wildlife and Habitats. Natalie was born and raised in Australia andContinue reading ““Just because Labour and the Tories have been the two largest parties for a century doesn’t mean that is going to continue” An interview with Baroness Natalie Bennett, former Green Party leader”

“The rise of nationalism everywhere has left us less able to tackle this crisis” An interview with Cllr Lucy Nethsingha, former Lib Dem MEP

Councillor Lucy Nethsingha is leader of the Liberal Democrat group on Cambridgeshire County Council. She served as a Lib Dem Member of the European Parliament (MEP) from July 2nd 2019 to January 31st 2020 (when the UK left the European Union.) Whilst an MEP Lucy chaired the Parliament’s Committee on Legal Affairs (JURI.) Towards theContinue reading ““The rise of nationalism everywhere has left us less able to tackle this crisis” An interview with Cllr Lucy Nethsingha, former Lib Dem MEP”

“Jacinda Ardern’s very popular here…but her government is frankly a shambles.” An interview with former New Zealand Government Minister Peter Dunne.

Peter Dunne was a Member of Parliament in New Zealand from 1984 to 2017, first for the Labour Party then for a number of centrist parties; primarily the liberal United Future Party, which he led from 1996 to 2017. He held Ministerial office, in both Labour and National-led governments for a total of fourteen years,Continue reading ““Jacinda Ardern’s very popular here…but her government is frankly a shambles.” An interview with former New Zealand Government Minister Peter Dunne.”

“Media irresponsibility and arrogance rarely fails to astound me.” An interview with LBC’s Iain Dale

Iain Dale has been a Parliamentary Candidate, Chief of Staff to an MP, a book publisher, presenter on an internet TV station, and more. He’s now one of the most important voices on British radio, presenting the 7-10pm slot Monday to Thursday on LBC. He is also a regular political commentator on TV, hosts aContinue reading ““Media irresponsibility and arrogance rarely fails to astound me.” An interview with LBC’s Iain Dale”

Jesus was a radical, who upturned the tables of unearned privilege and fought for the least, the last and the lost

Today is an Easter Sunday like no other any of us can remember. Across the world, Christians have celebrated this most special of days in lockdown; unable to go to church (though, by the means of modern technology, church has been able to come to us), unable to go and visit family and friends, andContinue reading “Jesus was a radical, who upturned the tables of unearned privilege and fought for the least, the last and the lost”

“The focus needs to be on saving lives, not winning votes.” An interview with Stephen Donnan-Dalzell.

Stephen Donnan-Dalzell is a writer, campaigner and LGBT+ activist, from Belfast. This week, in a socially distanced interview, I spoke to him about COVID-19, politics in the North and South of Ireland, LGBT+ rights, and much more! MH: Stephen, thanks for doing this interview. SD: No worries. MH: So, let’s start with what’s affecting the lives of justContinue reading ““The focus needs to be on saving lives, not winning votes.” An interview with Stephen Donnan-Dalzell.”

Social Democrats must work together and forge the future of British politics

Today Keir Starmer was announced as the new leader of the British Labour Party. Today Labour took its first but fundamentally necessary step to becoming a respectable and electable political party once again after four long and miserable years of the flawed and failed hard-left Corbyn experiment. Corbyn was the worst opposition leader of myContinue reading “Social Democrats must work together and forge the future of British politics”

The Lib Dems need a leader before next year!

Everyone’s focus at the moment is, perfectly rightly, on the COVID-19 virus and all the issues and impacts that causes to us all. Party politics seems very unimportant at the moment, when lives are being lost and people’s jobs affected. But, as inappropriate as it may seem to some at this time, our democracy demandsContinue reading “The Lib Dems need a leader before next year!”