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.
Author and journalist, Peter Hitchens, is possibly the most enigmatic and controversial public figure currently working in the corporate mainstream media today. Most noted for his six published books and his Mail on Sunday newspaper column. Beneath the surface, Hitchens displays worrying attitudes towards both women and homosexuals, as well as being an advocate of some deeply unscientific ideas such as climate-change denial and anti-vaccination rhetoric.
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?