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Watch: Spin

August 22, 2011
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I recently re-discovered this little gem of a documentary whilst rooting through some old films on my hard-disc. Released in 1995 by director Brian Springer, and billed as a surreal expose of media-constructed reality, it consists of unauthorised footage sourced from unencrypted satellite broadcasts across the United States during the early 1990’s. These satellite...
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Media Reporting of ESA Claims

July 27, 2011
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This morning, the Express newspaper published the following article: "SICK BENEFITS: 75% ARE FAKING. Three in four people on sickness benefits are fit for work or drop their claim before facing strict new tests, shock figures revealed yesterday."
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Film Review: Idiocracy

July 18, 2011
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Idiocracy, directed by Mike Judge (King Of The Hill, Office Space) depicts a world in which evolution no longer values human intelligence and where brands and corporations have come to dominate society. Luke Wilson plays disgruntled US army librarian Joe Bauers, who is chosen in 2005 as the guinea pig for a secret human hibernation project,...
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Film Review: Countdown to Zero

July 2, 2011
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I had been looking forward to Countdown to Zero for some time and finally managed to catch a screening this week at the Cornerhouse in Manchester. Documentaries are my bread and butter and this one, with its all-star cast and provocative subject matter ensured a spot in my diary. Sadly, I emerged somewhat disappointed....
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Cameron’s Attack on Addiction

May 1, 2011
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On the 21st of April, David Cameron delivered a speech in which he promised ‘tough action’ for the 80,000 people claiming incapacity benefit for drug or alcohol related reasons. Despite this being an obvious, hollow and crowd-pleasing manoeuvre, I think it also demonstrated an inexcusable ignorance on Cameron’s part. Of course, with the local elections...
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A Global Attack on the Public Sector

March 10, 2011
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Whilst those of us within the UK are focused on the impending austerity measures imposed by the coalition government, let’s not forget that the challenges of resisting spending cuts are far from limited to our own nation. Case in point: the US, and more specifically, Wisconsin, where recently-elected Republican State Governor Scott Walker has spent the...
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Brief Thoughts on Egyptian Freedom

February 12, 2011
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The excellent news from Egypt yesterday cannot be underestimated. This was a massive popular movement, spanning almost the entire country, proving that ordinary citizens are indeed capable of obtaining their wishes through peaceful protest, when patience with a 30 year dictatorship finally reaches it’s limit. Of course, by ‘peaceful protests’ I’m referring to the...
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The Broken of Britain – Project V

February 10, 2011
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At the heart of The Broken of Britain campaign is the commitment to being a transparent non-partisan representative voice for disabled people in the face of welfare reform.
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Video: Mark Blyth on Austerity

December 29, 2010
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In this video from the Watson Institute at Brown University, faculty fellow Mark Blyth explains the inherent flaws in the idea of austerity, in a clear and highly accessible manner. The idea of paying down large public deficits through massive cuts to public expenditure is currently sweeping the world (including the UK) and this...
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Video: False Economy

December 29, 2010
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This excellent video from the website False Economy demonstrates the shocking unfairness of applying public sector cuts to education, policing and welfare onto those who had no part whatsoever in creating the massive budget deficit.
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