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The great Labour Party voting trick

HOT’s Sean O’ Shea reflects on an exceptional week in politics including the mass disenfranchisement of members of the Labour Party, and the newly appointed Prime Minister, Theresa May’s apparent attempt to assume the disarrayed opposition’s clothes with her pledge to fight the ‘burning injustice’ of inequality.

Posted 05:50 Monday, Jul 18, 2016 In: SOS Tags: Corbyn European Convention of Turkish coup Labour party mother The Mother theresa National Executive Committee New Testament Nice carnage Old Testament Precariat resa Social pyramidRights Symbolic weapons

Chronicling the Hastings music scene for HOT

Sean O’Shea has been interviewing local musicians for HOT for a number of years, and has recently published a collection of these interviews with an accompanying guide to venues and calendar of annual music-related events and festivals. 

Posted 10:17 Tuesday, Jul 5, 2016 In: SOS Tags: business culture Hastings Old Town Music Scene Hastings Online Times Performance management Phibbers Sean O' Shea White Rock Hotel
Image by Paul Way-Rider

What next for Labour?

HOT’s Sean O’Shea discusses the aftermath of the referendum, some of the dilemmas facing the different wings of the Labour Party and asks, is it time for a divorce?

Posted 08:57 In: SOS Tags: Corbyn democratic deficit Clause Four Democratic Socialism groupthink Labour party Social Democracy The Hope Foundary Company xenophobia

The labour of history

Terry McCarthy is a well known historian, educationist and writer, originally from London but who now lives in St Leonards. HOT’s Sean O’Shea talks with him about his background, involvement in the National Museum of Labour History (NMLH), his charitable work, the EU referendum and the future of the labour movement.

Posted 19:26 Sunday, Jun 5, 2016 In: SOS Tags: An abridged history of the trades and labour movement Aneurin Bevin Bert Ranalson Clause four Clement Attlee Electoral Reform Society Henry Fry Jack Dash John Bird Lord Soper National Museum of Labour History NUM People's History Museum Terry McCarthy Wapping dispute Yanis Varoufakis


HOT’s Sean O’ Shea talks with Tariq Persuad Parkes,

Posted 12:33 Tuesday, May 10, 2016 In: SOS Tags: Bernie Grant Brighton University Hastings Campus Diane Abbott Engels Jeremy Corbyn Karl Marx Keir Hardie LSE Neil Kinnock socialism Tony Benn
Photo reproduced with permission Paul Denga


Glashin is a popular folk duo formed by Paul and Jo Dengate who are well known in Hastings and further afield. HOT’s Sean O’Shea talked with them about their backgrounds and influences, the evolution of the folk music scene and their involvement with the Hastings Folk Festival.

Posted 18:23 Sunday, Apr 3, 2016 In: Music & Sound,SOS Tags: Catsfield Steamers Jack in the Green Lunasa Paul Dengate Pentangle Song of the Kelpie

Flying at Fairlight Firehills

Hot’s Sean O’Shea talks with radio controlled flying enthusiast Jon Kemm about his passion for flying, the best local spots for flying gliders and Jonathan Livingston Seagull.

Posted 19:24 Monday, Feb 1, 2016 In: SOS Tags: Butts Lane Camber East Sussex Soaring Association Fairlight Firehills Jonathan Livingston Seagull Richard Back

The Red Geraniums

An exciting new group The Red Geraniums is due to hold its launch gig at the Stag Inn on Saturday 16 January at 9pm. Sean O’Shea talks with band members Angie Phillip (AP), Paul Way-Rider (PW), John Revell (JR), Liz Porter (LP) and Rob Porter (RP) about the genesis of the group, their style of music and hopes for the future.

Posted 23:05 Wednesday, Jan 6, 2016 In: SOS Tags: Angie Phillip Garry Blakeley John Revell Kenny Hung's Jazz Band Liz & Rob Porter Nuri Koseoglu Paul Way-Rider Poll Piatti Rattlebag Sea Shanty Stag Inn
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