Inside Track #18 with David Condon & Jason Kennedy – LISTEN NOW!

First broadcast May 25th, Inside Track #18 is now available for listening in the Mixcloud player below. This show was chiefly reaction to the Manchester terror attack and included a clip from the movie, V for Vendetta.

Who will prevail?

Something of a blame game has raged since the terror attack on Manchester. Katie Hopkins tweeted that a ‘final solution’ was now required, and, despite her attempts to wriggle free, this has now ended her career at LBC. The Sun went for something from left-field, with a Corbyn smear that may see Manchester become the second city to show them the door. The Intercept chose a different path, choosing to jab an accusatory finger at Tony Blair, who was warned by the intelligence services that the 2003 invasion of Iraq would increase, not decrease, the risk of terror attacks on the UK. For those seeking a set of ideas to blame, rather than an individual or a billion muslims, the World Socialist Web Site saw the Manchester attack as being, ‘a by-product of the endless series of imperialist wars waged since the dissolution of the Soviet Union in 1991 and escalated since the 2003 invasion of Iraq.’ Over at Counterpunch, John Wight highlighted the indisputable hypocrisy of continued Western support for Saudi Arabia, the primary worldwide sponsor of Islamic terrorism. And if all that reading is too much for you, Metro helpfully provided a guide to ‘updating your Facebook profile with the Manchester heart‘.

In the parallel universe that is The Guardian, their latest astonishing scoop continued the paper’s downward trajectory since the Snowden leaks, as they splashed repeatedly on a leaked copy of… Facebook’s… moderation policies. Stay tuned, as next week they reveal the shocking truth about the password recovery system of Friends Reunited.

Inside Track #17 with David Condon & Jason Kennedy – LISTEN NOW!

First broadcast May 18th, 2017, Inside Track #17 is now available for listening in the Mixcloud player below. The show featured a reference to pop duo, The Communards.

Richard & Jimmy

Spycops: In the spycops segment, we mentioned the COPS and PSOOL campaigns, the Undercover Research Group, and the Pitchford Inquiry that are all connected to the issue of undercover political policing in the UK. Rob Evans and Paul Lewis’ book, Undercover, provides a history of the undercovers, and we discussed the latest cop to have their cover blown, Andy Coles, brother of Richard Coles, now of the C of E, formerly of The Communards.

Inside Track #16 with David Condon & Jason Kennedy – LISTEN NOW!

First broadcast May 11th, 2017, Inside Track #16 is now available for listening in the Mixcloud player below. The show featured a reference to Mrs Slocombe of the sit-com Are You Being Served?

Insert your own pussy joke here

The crimes of Hillary Clinton: Before her murder, Honduran activist, Berta Caceres pointed an accusatory finger at Hillary, holding her responsible for the coup that destabilized (and continues to destabilize) her country. The 2009 coup featured democratically-elected president, Manuel Zelaya, being taken in his pyjamas and stuck on a plane to Cost Rica; a right-wing cabal then took control of the Central American country. In the years since, murders of members of the LGBT community have soared, with 215 killed in just the last 6 years. Only a month ago, Sherlyn Montoya, a trans activist, was found dead, her body showing signs of strangulation. Meanwhile, Hillary Clinton continues to speak as if she is a leader on LGBT rights.

Labour manifesto leak: Whether by accident or by design, the leak of the Labour manifesto was a PR master stroke. As ever, though, the Fourth International are, shall we say, less than effusive, dismissing the document as ‘a pro-business, pro-militarist election manifesto‘, a triumph for the Blairites.

Transracialism and transgenderism: A philosophy professor has been subjected to a witch-hunt after writing a paper evaluating the merits of the arguments for transracialism and transgenderism. The example of transracialism used was that of the notorious Rachel Dolezal, who remains unapologetic.

Inside Track #15 with David Condon & Jason Kennedy – LISTEN NOW!

First broadcast May 4th, 2017, Inside Track #15 is now available for listening in the Mixcloud player below. This show included a reference to the Mugwumps of Naked Lunch.

William Burroughs on the set of Naked Lunch

HSBC/Conservative Party: We spent considerable time on this story concerning apparent laundering of HSBC donations to the Conservative Party. This is a good explainer.

Simon Danczuk: Here’s how Danczuk’s ‘business‘ left the taxman and its creditors dangling.

Theresa May: The New Statesman rounds up five occasions that the Prime Minister has dodged contact with the public on the campaign trail.

Inside Track #13 with David Condon & Jason Kennedy – LISTEN NOW!

First broadcast April 20th, 2017, Inside Track #13 is now available for listening in the Mixcloud player below. This show will forever be known as ‘The Black Lace special’…

Lock up your ears, it’s Black Lace…

Topics discussed include:

The Cottonwool Election: Craig Murray congratulating himself (again) on one of his many predictions proving correct – Theresa May having announced she won’t take part in any live TV debates with the other party leaders.

Tory election fraud: Daily Mirror’s excellent explainer on the potential path this scandal may take.

Minority report: Fresh evidence has emerged that throws further doubt on the so-called ‘chemical attack’ in Syria. The Russians gave the US 24 hours notice of the strike, while an MIT professor determines a land-based munition was used.

An ‘act of war’: While the US and Western governments prefer different terminology, Damon Linker reminds us that the decision to bomb a country can never be anything but an act of war.

Inside Track #11 with David Condon & Jason Kennedy – LISTEN NOW!

First broadcast Apr 6, 2017, Inside Track #11 is available for listening in the Mixcloud player below.

Gibraltar

Topics discussed include:

Gibraltar: NPR report on Gibraltar’s rebranding of itself as ‘low-tax’, rather than a tax haven, and the colony’s links to the law firm at the centre of The Panama Papers.

HSBC: Nicholas Wilson, aka Mr Ethical, has waged a long campaign, at great personal cost, against HSBC. On his blog, he identifies the ‘corporate Panopticon‘ that HSBC uses to shield its wrongdoing from both criminal accountability and public notice.

Mississippi prisons: We opened the show by discussing the historical development of the Mississippi prison system, and how little things have changed more than a century later. Counties bemoan state ‘theft‘ of their prisoners, while commissaries price-gouge prisoners’ families.

Inside Track #10 with David Condon & Jason Kennedy – LISTEN NOW!

First broadcast Mar 30, 2017, Inside Track #10 is available for listening in the Mixcloud player below. As much side-track as Inside Track, this show referenced The Young Ones.

The last show worth turning on the TV for

Topics discussed include:

UKIP: Despite no longer having a single MP at Westminster, UKIP will soldier on after Douglas Carswell’s departure.

Trans agenda: Sturdy gentleman who identifies as a woman wins women’s weight-lifting competition.

Selective outrage: Legions of online dim-wits froth over photo of Muslim woman not pulling the correct face on Westminster Bridge.