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On Riots, Politics and Policing

August 10, 2011
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London, Salford, Manchester, Nottingham, Leeds, Bristol, Liverpool and Birmingham are currently experiencing a level of violence which has not been seen for decades. Shops have been looted and buildings have been burnt to the ground. Nobody really knows the true cause of this violence, though as I have repeated many times over the past...
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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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Libya, Gaddafi and the TNC

July 21, 2011
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During the non-stop media drama of Hackgate it might be easy to forget that Britain remains engaged in a serious overseas military campaign. The conflict in Libya, which began in March with the approval of UN resolution 1973, has continued unabated since. So far over 5,000 NATO air missions have taken place in the skies above the country....
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Spain Fights Back

May 20, 2011
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Spain Fights Back

Something immensely important is happening in Spain at the moment, although chances are you’re yet to hear about it via mainstream media in the UK. The people of Spain – in particular the youth – are rising up, occupying parks and squares in major cities as part of a major anti-government rebellion.
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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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Why I’m Voting Yes to AV

April 23, 2011
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Unless you’ve been living under a politically-impenetrable rock, you’ll know that the referendum on changing the voting system in the UK is taking place on May the 5th, alongside the local elections. I’d like to provide you with a quick but certainly not exhaustive summary of why I’m going to be voting Yes to...
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Obama in 2012

April 6, 2011
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Barack Obama recently announced his candidacy for next year's presidential elections. He aims to raise $1bn for his campaign war chest, but what are his chances? Will the successes he has enjoyed be enough to secure his nomination by the democratic party, and who might he find himself running against? If you're not quite...
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The Death Penalty Doctrine

March 24, 2011
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Despite the last execution in the UK taking place in 1964, the concept of capital punishment has never been very far removed from political and social discourse in Britain. Cries of “string ’em up!” still frequently echo around pubs, workplaces and uncomfortable family gatherings up and down the country. Where does this preoccupation with...
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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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Media Ownership – Should We Be Worried?

March 3, 2011
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Today saw the announcement which many news-junkies on the left have been dreading. News Corporation will be shortly be allowed to purchase the remaining 61% of BSkyB, to complete a full takeover of the company. News Corp will then own Sky TV, 20th Century Fox, the News of the World, The Sun and The...
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