In between bouts of meaningless comedy (I do have a hangover today after attending the London launch of Firefox 3 last night), I decided to be serious for a bit and watch Question Time. It was definitely an interesting show – it says a lot about the ridiculous state of British politics that the guest speaking most sense was a former Apprentice contestant (Saira Khan). Oh, and their young competition winner – sheesh! A UKIP supporter, do they really still exist?
I’m in Riga at the moment, as part of the official Amnesty International delegation to join the Riga Pride march. Part of my work, as well as helping to steward the march and do some filming, is to write for the offical Amnesty International Pride blog. You can read my first post there now Homophobia isn’t just a gay issue (now only available from the Internet Archive Wayback Machine).
Just a short post to flag that I’ve finally finished my report on new media issues at this year’s NUJ ADM. It’s available on the NUJ New Media blog.
My union, the National Union of Journalists, will soon be electing a new deputy General Secretary following the retirement of John Fray. Two candidates have so far declared themselves, the union’s Freelance organiser John Toner and Michelle Stanistreet, the union’s 2007/08 president.
This year’s ADM had lots of highlights, but one of the main ones for me was the success of the fringe event I organised with the Irish anarchist organisations Organise! and my old Dublin comrades the Workers Solidarity Movement (WSM). Proving that anarchists are capable of organising, there was a pretty good turn-out at the event planned to mark the 50th anniversary of Rudolf Rocker‘s death.
I’ve decided to set up a new blog site that I’m actually going to use for blogging, instead of my rarely used blogspot site. I hope to actually use this site regularly as something of a brain dump of my ideas and thoughts, so expect random bits and pieces about politics, the NUJ and other such exciting topics.