Saturday, November 01, 2014

Don't Watch RT!



As RT UK launches, attacks on the channel in the British media have stepped up…
The latest is a piece by Mr. Cyril Waugh-Monger, a very important newspaper columnist for the NeoCon Daily, a patron of the Senator Joe McCarthy Appreciation Society and author of 'Why the Iraq War was a Brilliant Idea' and 'The Humanitarian Case for Bombing Syria.'

Read here for more......

Red scarecrows: RT UK launches, mainstream trolls



New interview with me on RT on the neocon/ 'liberal interventionist' McCarthyite attacks on the channel.

Harold Wilson: The Russophile at Number 10



Imagine a British Prime Minister who was a Russophile, not a Russophobe, and defied US pressure to send UK troops to war. A British Prime Minister who worked for better relations with the East, visited Moscow, and was on good terms with Kremlin leaders.
Well, it might sound unlikely today, but forty years ago we had such a Prime Minister. In October 1974, Harold Wilson was puffing away merrily on his pipe celebrating his fourth election victory out of five.
Looking back at the Wilson era is instructive as it shows us how much British politics has changed for the worse since the 1970s.

You can read the whole of my article on Harold Wilson: The Russophile at Number 10, here

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Stranger than Fiction- The Life of Edgar Wallace by Neil Clark



SIGNED COPIES OF MY NEW BOOK
STRANGER THAN FICTION- THE LIFE OF EDGAR WALLACE, PUBLISHED BY THE HISTORY PRESS, CAN BE ORDERED ON THE FORM ON THE TOP RIGHT. CHOOSE IF YOU WANT YOUR SIGNED COPY SENT TO A UK, EUROPEAN OR WORLDWIDE ADDRESS, AND CLICK ON 'ADD TO CART' TO PURCHASE


STRANGER THAN FICTION
THE MOST INCREDIBLE TRUE-LIFE STORY YOU’LL EVER READ!

HE WAS THE AUTHOR OF OVER 170 BOOKS, TRANSLATED INTO MORE THAN THIRTY LANGUAGES. MORE FILMS WERE MADE OF HIS BOOKS THAN ANY OTHER TWENTIETH-CENTURY WRITER….
EDGAR WALLACE, THE ILLEGITIMATE SON OF A TRAVELLING ACTRESS, ROSE FROM POVERTY IN VICTORIAN ENGLAND TO BECOME THE MOST POPULAR AUTHOR IN THE WORLD AND A GLOBAL CELEBRITY OF HIS AGE.
HE SCOOPED THE SIGNING OF THE BOER WAR PEACE TREATY WHEN WORKING AS A WAR CORRESPONDENT, BEFORE ACHIEVING SUCCESS AS A FILM DIRECTOR AND PLAYWRIGHT.
AT THE HEIGHT OF HIS SUCCESS, HE WAS EARNING A VAST FORTUNE, BUT THE MONEY WENT OUT AS FAST AS IT CAME IN. FAMOUS FOR HIS THRILLERS, WITH THEIR FANTASTIC PLOTS, IN MANY WAYS EDGAR WALLACE DID NOT WRITE HIS MOST EXCITING STORY- HE LIVED IT.

‘IT IS IMPOSSIBLE NOT TO BE THRILLED BY EDGAR WALLACE,‘ SAID THE BLURB ON WALLACE’S BOOKS. INDEED, IT IS IMPOSSIBLE NOT TO BE THRILLED BY HIS RAGS-TO-RICHES STORY, TOLD HERE IN STRANGER THAN FICTION!

Monday, October 20, 2014

Can Labour recreate its election success of 40 years ago?



My new politics column for Voice of Russia UK.

......In the previously safe Labour seat of Heywood and Middleton, UKIP came within 600 odd votes of beating Labour. It was very poor result from a Labour perspective- and ironically came on the 40th anniversary of one of the party's most impressive victories- in the October 1974 general election. As Labour licked its wounds in Greater Manchester, BBC Parliament was showing a replay of the election night coverage from forty years ago. I hope Ed Miliband was watching- as there’s lots that Labour could learn from the stance his party took in 1974.

You can read the whole piece here.

Friday, October 17, 2014

Very vicious circle: UK govt hypes terror threat its policies create



My new piece for RT.com OpEdge.

If the UK government really sought to keep the nation safe from terrorism, it would stop meddling in the internal affairs of Mideast states instead of hyping the Islamic terror threat, and at the same time, doing everything for it to be in place.
Exactly 70 years ago this autumn, British civilians faced a very real terror threat - in the shape of Nazi Germany’s V-2 rockets. While exactly 40 years ago, an IRA bombing campaign brought ‘The Troubles’ of Northern Ireland to the British mainland.
What is interesting about the events of 1944 and 1974 is that the government downplayed the threat to citizens, even though the threat of being killed or injured in the violence was greater than it is now. A V-2 rocket attack, for instance, killed 160 shoppers on one occasion.
Today though, with Islamic terrorism, the opposite has happened.

You can read the whole piece here.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Public Ownership: The Big Issue that could swing it come May 2015



My latest Public Ownership column for the Morning Star.

It’s one of the most popular policies that no major party will support – and Labour could win the election by backing nationalisation, says Neil Clark

It’s general election night. Labour are on course for victory, with a small majority. The Labour leader is asked by the BBC interviewer if the size of the majority will hinder his party’s legislative programme. 
“We shall carry out our programme — our manifesto,” the Labour leader replies. “We shall give priority of course to putting on the statute book all those things that we have said, like the public ownership of land…”
That exchange took place exactly 40 years ago after the election of October 10 1974. Public ownership was a topic that cropped up a lot in that election, but fast forward to 2014 and it’s a very different story.

You can read the whole piece here. 

Friday, October 03, 2014

The world’s wildlife is in peril and it’s time for urgent action

My new piece for RT.com OpEdge

While global attention is focused on IS, the so-called “terrorist threat,” and the US's latest military action in the Middle East, there was a news story this week which really should have been the lead story everywhere in the world.
The new Living Planet Report paints an alarming picture of the way the earth's wonderful wildlife is disappearing.
Populations of mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians and fish have declined by a staggering 52 percent in the last forty years. 

You can read the whole piece here.