On Saturday 17th November, RMT union members took to the steps of Liverpool Lime Street station to continue strike action, making a stand against the removal of guards from Northern Rail trains after the introduction of a new £460 fleet of ‘driver-only’ trains. They are not protesting for more money or fewer hours, but for what they believe is the safety of Northern Rail passengers.
Accusations of ‘Trump Derangement Syndrome’ levelled at critics of President 45 and his allies are becoming more common. Whilst versions of this syndrome, ‘President Derangement Syndrome’ (PDS) have also been associated with Trump’s previous two predecessors, it has never before been used in the manner that is increasingly today, to gaslight an entire nation.
the Trump administration looks to finally appoint a NASA head, Republican Congressman Jim Bridenstine, a politician who you will be unsurprised to learn has no background in science and doesn’t accept man as the key driving factor of climate change. Bridenstine has also clearly pushed the idea that NASA should drop “expansion of human knowledge of the Earth and of phenomena in the atmosphere and space” from its mission statement, instead diverting its attention to what he terms ‘space architecture’, commercial and military interests.
Labour member Jennifer James has been suspended by the party as a result of her campaign to exclude transgender females from all-women shortlists. But does this focus on identity politics do more harm than good at a time when the Labour party should be focused on consensus?