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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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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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Why I Will Never ‘Love That Advert’

June 15, 2011
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Selling a brand - and it's associated lifestyle - is now the most powerful weapon at the disposal of modern consumer capitalism. The end objective of which being to sell products which increasingly we do not require. It's a false economy which I believe affects our society and culture in increasingly negative ways. Early...
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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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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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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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Cameron, Multiculturalism and Islamism

February 6, 2011
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Yesterday, Prime Minister David Cameron made a speech to the Munich Security Conference, where he decried the ‘doctrine of state multiculturalism’ which has been active in Britain over the last 30 years, pledging instead to introduce a new form of ‘muscular liberalism’. The speech makes Islamism and terrorism its primary focus, and Cameron states...
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