I haven’t suddenly developed a paranoia about the denizens of Great Queen Street.
Nor a fixation with Paul of that ilk. But I do find him a very interesting character with a lot of fascinating stuff to offer, re-hashed marxism and all. He’s clearly wrestling mightily and imaginatively with the 21st century in all its turbulent novelty: and he’s also (like George Monbiot / unlike Polly Toynbee) the sort of leftie who cannot dodge the need to admit when some thesis he’s adopted has clashed with the Facts and is plain wrong.
And now he’s joined Momentum! (another phenomenon that interests me a lot). This may be a mixed blessing for them, because he’s already telling them exactly what to do, at some length.
Well, that’s their problem, I am sure they will enjoy the dialectic process. However, for anyone disagreeing with the above assessment of the man, have a read of Postcapitalism and the city. Or Find each other and act! 12 principles for a neo-Bevanite left.** When you get a minute. Or two.
**he does rather enjoy telling people what to do …