Monday 1 June 2020

Five Most Popular Posts in May

A month has passed into the history books, a month that might finally be seen the beginning of the end for this Tory period in government. Hope springs eternal, so for now let's see what posts troubled the internet-travelling public.

1. Why do the Tories want to Cut Furlough Payments?
2. Yvette Cooper's Miserable Capitulation
3. The Dim Wattage of Thangam Debbonaire
4. Is Boris Johnson Losing It?
5. The Class Politics of Easing the Lockdown

May has been a month of Tory failure. They're determined to raise the lockdown while transmission is high, but have suffered important reverses on their initial attempt to cut the furlough scheme - so thankfully May's top post is now superseded by events. For the time being. Then we have a couple of faux pas from leading figures in the Labour Party. The sort of missteps sure to become increasingly common as they try and warp reality to fit their nostalgia-tinted views of the world and the dogma of an obsolescent creed. Remember, opposition is only effective if you engage with how our declining press frame it. And then we have two more pieces zeroing in on the pressures besetting Boris Johnson, pressures culminating in the rapid collapse of the government's polling position. It will go lower.

Time for some second chance saloon picks. Who qualifies this month? I'd quite like to see the summation of Tory coronavirus woes get a few more clicks, mainly thanks to the account of Tory statecraft it contains. A useful heuristic in understanding why Johnson is clinging to Cummings (and no, the latter doesn't have to have anything on Johnson) and one I'm finding very useful as I'm writing the jolly old Tory book. And the second? It has to be a look at what militant political science is, a post that came about after chancing upon a tweet from New Socialist editor, Tom Gann. It doesn't pretend to originality, but every so often the basics have to be restated. And, bugger it, here's a third. On the death of the office.

What gives next month? You'll have to ask Nostradamus, but I can have a go at forecasting more appalling Tory stories, the public health and political fall out of easing the quarantine early and perhaps, just perhaps, a post on another ancient video game.

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