Bright on politics

Tragedy of a serious split between anti-fascists

By Martin Bright, August 9, 2012

For more than two decades, the magazine Searchlight has been synonymous with the fight against the extreme right in the UK. Its founder, Gerry Gable, deserves his place in the pantheon of British anti-fascist heroes.


Beware the woman who bids to lead the Greens

By Martin Bright, August 2, 2012

Over the summer, almost unnoticed amid the blanket coverage of the Olympics, the future of one of our political parties is being decided. Across the country, hustings are taking place to allow the Green Party to decide its next leader.


Modest request but leaves a bitter taste

By Martin Bright, July 26, 2012

This week the London Olympics will finally begin and the organisers will hope the carping of the naysayers will be drowned out in a rush of national pride and sporting excellence.


Good week for education but what will long-term effects be?

By Martin Bright, July 19, 2012

This has been a good week for Jewish education.

The approval of three new Jewish free schools shows the government is prepared to back the establishment of new institutions with an ethos based on Jewish faith and culture. It also demonstrates a real appetite in the community to set up new schools and the tenacity to follow through.


Blind faith of brothers and others in law

By Martin Bright, July 16, 2012

When the political class loses faith in its ability to make moral judgments, what does it do? It calls in the lawyers. The present fashion for judge-led inquiries in the UK has given us the Leveson inquiry into the ethics of the press, and may yet lead to a similar examination of the ethics of banking.


Ed Balls shows he is ready to learn from Israel

By Martin Bright, July 5, 2012

Ed Balls may have his problems persuading the wider public of his charms, but he has always been a popular figure in the Jewish community.

He is a consistent supporter of Israel who spent considerable time working on the economic situation in the occupied territories on behalf of the G8.