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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 several days, to discuss and...
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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. Last week saw an important...
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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, designed to preserve the army’s...
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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. Firstly, lets start with the...
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