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Labour’s Economic Credibility

January 16, 2012
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The past few weeks have focused intensely on the economic credibility of the Labour party. This has now come to a climax with Ed Balls’ apparent u-turn on the coalition’s programme of cuts. I have to admit to the use of some choice language whilst watching Balls’ speech to the Fabian society on Saturday,...
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Beating the Drums of War (again)

December 18, 2011
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So here’s the scenario. A sovereign nation in the Middle East is accused of developing weapons of mass destruction. The dictatorial leader is portrayed as psychotic and deranged across the western media, seemingly capable of anything. The international community releases intelligence reports, making a series of...
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Reading the Riots Conference Review

December 15, 2011
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It was only last week that Iain Duncan Smith was yet again forming a correlation, not causation, with the occurrence of the riots. This time, Smith argued that X-Factor was partly the cause of the riots. That’s right. The cause. Now, when I was younger, I was...
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Focus on #Occupy

November 8, 2011
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At Occupy the London Stock Exchange, the obsession with empty tents and health and safety regulations which has persisted since the camp came into existence appears to have finally given way to more serious discussion. This has no doubt been assisted by the pause in legal...
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Blaming Iran, Enabling War

October 15, 2011
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If you’re a casual observer of the mainstream news agenda, you’ll likely know two things about Iran. Firstly, that they wish to acquire (or may have already acquired) nuclear weapons and secondly, they are predisposed to launching a war with Israel and other nations with close ties...
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Party Funding: Taking Back Our Politics

October 13, 2011
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This month sees the publication of a new report on political party funding by the Committee on Standards in Public Life. In the coalition agreement, the Government promised to ‘remove big money from politics’ by ‘limiting donations and reforming party funding’. The forthcoming CSPL report could...
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Britain’s Problem With Immigration

September 22, 2011
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Concerns about immigration are regularly at the top of the British political agenda and are frequently debated in homes and workplaces across the UK. Unlike many commentators and politicians in the mainstream media, I certainly don’t see the subject as taboo or that...
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The Republican Campaign for 2012

September 19, 2011
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As the campaigns for the US 2012 election kick off, I thought it might be useful to take a quick look at how the Republican Party – also known as the Grand Old Party (GOP) for reasons passing my understanding – is getting on. The past fortnight has seen two live GOP debates take...
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Free Software: Socialism for Computing

August 23, 2011
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As I’ve delved deeper into politics I’ve been struck by just how many activists on the left who might otherwise self-identify as anti-capitalist, socialist or defenders of personal freedom, are quite willing to accept corporate control over the technology they rely on. Having been...
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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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