On Thanksgiving, I give thanks for a thoroughly British thing – the National Health Service

by Rashmee

Posted on November 28, 2019


Really and truly. Family and friends will gather round the turkey and the Vegan Wellington this evening in a nicely American celebration. But when we get to the Pumpkin Pie, I’m probably likely to give thanks for a thoroughly British thing – the National Health Service (NHS). On Wednesday, November 27, Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn … Continue reading “On Thanksgiving, I give thanks for a thoroughly British thing – the National Health Service”

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This week, Britain has a deadline to give up its last African colony

by Rashmee

Posted on November 16, 2019


“Global” Britain, that post-Brexit paradox, is coming at the UK in surprising ways. Britain is under international pressure to give up its last African colony, the remote Chagos islands. But Britain doesn’t recognize Mauritius’s claim over what it calls the British Indian Ocean Island Territory, and the issue continues to fester. And it comes to … Continue reading “This week, Britain has a deadline to give up its last African colony”

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4 months after the UK election, is anyone delivering on the end-of-austerity message?

by Rashmee

Posted on September 29, 2017


Hey, Britain, how’s the anti-austerity jag going? Jeremy Corbyn is all pumped up about it, if his speech to the Labour Party annual conference in Brighton was any indication. The Labour Party leader promised more state intervention in housing and utilities. That doesn’t sound like austerity perhaps but neither is it extravagance. It’s what’s needed. … Continue reading “4 months after the UK election, is anyone delivering on the end-of-austerity message?”

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Is Nina Khrushcheva right on the death of Indian Congress, UK Labour & ANC?

by Rashmee

Posted on July 5, 2017


Did we miss it all? Did we fail to notice that the UK Independence Party is actually thriving, even though its vote share in the 2017 general election fell to levels rarely plumbed? Have we failed to understand that Britain’s Labour Party is facing an uncertain future even though its leader Jeremy Corbyn is acquiring … Continue reading “Is Nina Khrushcheva right on the death of Indian Congress, UK Labour & ANC?”

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Why austerity threatens future growth of a nation

by Rashmee

Posted on June 15, 2017 / The National


A few years ago, when memories of the global financial crisis were still raw, Barack Obama’s education secretary argued passionately against the conservative political notion that American teachers were grossly overpaid. “Even in a time of fiscal austerity,” said Mr Obama’s minister, Arne Duncan, “education is more than just an expense. It’s an investment in … Continue reading “Why austerity threatens future growth of a nation”

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Jeremy Corbyn didn’t win but he proved that a good salesman can make retail politics work

by Rashmee

Posted on June 9, 2017


If you didn’t know better, it certainly sounds like Jeremy Corbyn led his Labour Party to a stonking victory in the June 8 snap election. He did and he didn’t. Labour won enough seats and enough of a share of the vote to challenge Theresa May’s high-handed control of the country and its future. And … Continue reading “Jeremy Corbyn didn’t win but he proved that a good salesman can make retail politics work”

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Do you really want Militaristic May in charge of nuclear weapons?

by Rashmee

Posted on May 31, 2017


Is caution about weapons that kill a bad quality in a potential leader? Do you have to be heedless about blood and death if you want to run a country? The questions have to be asked now that British prime minister Theresa May has charged Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn with being unfit to lead … Continue reading “Do you really want Militaristic May in charge of nuclear weapons?”

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Jeremy Corbyn is the sort of Englishman who inspires something other than contempt

by Rashmee

Posted on May 13, 2017


There was a time that Indians spoke of the British with awe. Indians were amazed that people from a small faraway island could have subdued so large and populous a country as theirs. That awe has faded now, as has the memory of colonial rule. My grandfather, for instance, was jubilant that the British were forced … Continue reading “Jeremy Corbyn is the sort of Englishman who inspires something other than contempt”

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If I were Jeremy Corbyn, here’s what I’d be thinking one week on from election

by Rashmee

Posted on September 19, 2015


Hey ho, it’s one week since I, the 100-1 outsider, won the British Labour Party’s leadership election with more votes than Tony Blair in 1994. It’s all been pretty confusing. The media says it’s confused. I don’t believe them. They want me to fail. I may be Republican but I’m with Marcus Aurelius. So what … Continue reading “If I were Jeremy Corbyn, here’s what I’d be thinking one week on from election”

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Corbyn & Sanders are popular because the focus-grouped 90s are so over

by Rashmee

Posted on September 13, 2015


One of the best descriptions of those yesterday’s people who claim they represent electorally viable ‘left’ politics is as follows: “dull, auto-idea throwbacks to the focus-grouped Nineties”. Jacques Peretti wrote the line in his brilliant piece in The Independent. (Click here to read it.) He was writing about why Britain’s Labour Party grandees seem appalled … Continue reading “Corbyn & Sanders are popular because the focus-grouped 90s are so over”

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Rashmee has lived and worked in several countries in the past decade, including Afghanistan, India, Haiti, Tunisia, the UAE, US and UK