Video: Neurodiversity – a left-wing perspective


Neurodiversity – a left-wing perspective On Monday 25 March, Janine spoke at an online open meeting hosted by Lewes Labour party members, setting out a left-wing perspective on neurodiversity. You can watch a video of the talk, and the ensuing … Read more



Our public sewage industry was sold to private bidders Who don’t dispose of putrid waste but dump it in the rivers They take responsibility and flush it down the loo For building up the affluent builds effluence up too The … Read more

Speaking for Labour to adopt neurodiversity policy

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The Labour Party’s 2021 National Policy Forum report contained no mention of neurodiversity, despite a detailed and popular submission from Neurodivergent Labour to the Forum. So Janine proposed to Conference that it ‘refer back’ that section of the report so that … Read more

Calling for Labour to adopt policy on neurodiversity

Proposing neurodiversity reference back at Labour conference

At 2021 Labour Party conference, I moved a ‘reference back’ of the National Policy Forum report, due to its failure to include any policy on neurodiversity, despite a detailed submission being made to the policy forum process. This is what … Read more

Speaking at NEU Disabled Members’ Conference

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Janine will speak as part of a panel on Realising Disability Equality, specifically about links to the Labour Party and to DPOs (Disabled People’s Organisations) such as DPAC (Disabled People Against the Cuts), Inclusion London and ROFA (Reclaiming our Futures Alliance).  … Read more

Hancock’s Last Hour


A classic of Great British humour Slapstick, slap-and-tickle, caught on candid camera And everyone likes to see the bad guy get his comeuppance, don’t they? But there is something of the gangster genre about it too where Al Capone is … Read more

Poplar’s rates victory: Ten key points

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One hundred years ago, a big movement grew in the east London borough of Poplar, headed by thirty councillors who went to prison rather than levy extortionate rates or cut services to the working-class population that elected them. ‘Poplarism’ won. … Read more

Favourite Things (Lewes Remix)


Frost-polished gardens and cold hands in mittens Cute, cobbled alleyways, steep, narrow twittens Playgrounds with climbing frames, ropewalks and swings – Lewes is full of my favourite things A walk up the Down to see windmills and horses Vegan pub … Read more

Clerihew Times Two: Herbert Morrison / Peter Mandelson


Herbert Morrison was moderate and worrisome He had an appropriate grandson: Peter Mandelson Peter Mandelson could not get a handle on The passionate, radical, principled and quarrelsome: rather like his grandfather, Herbert Morrison

CoronaVerses at Stay Home For Labour

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Janine talks about the CoronaVerses: poems from the pandemic anthology, and performs a couple of poems, at this edition of the weekly Stay Home For Labour talk, comedy and politics event. Details here.    

Speaking in Support of Tube Cleaners


Today at TUC Women’s conference, PCS moved a motion congratulating their members at BEIS for successful strike action, and drawing attention to the appalling conditions that outsouced workers, many of them women, face. I made the following contribution to the … Read more

Nadia Whittome MP’s Maiden Speech

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I made Nadia Whittome’s maiden Commons speech into a poem. Here it is: “I’m here through solidarity  and hard work in my town I want to say to Nottingham: ‘I will not let you down’ I’ll represent this burning earth … Read more

Make Labour Councils Centres of Resistance


In the cacophony of post mortems of Labour’s defeat, the role of Labour councils is being overlooked or at least understated. I think that a significant contributor to the erosion of Labour’s base has been councils which cut services, do … Read more

Remembering 1945

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I spoke with my dad (pictured) about his memories of the 1945 general election … 75 years ago when I was seven, I experienced the first of 22 general elections in my life. My father, Albert Booth, was born in … Read more