DNA databases and the erosion of freedom from Left and Right

The ‘revelation’ that the DNA of millions of UK citizens, including more than 1.1 million under-18s, and regardless of whether or not they had ever committed or been suspected of committing a criminal offence, has been retained on the national database does not seem to have kicked up anywhere near the furore that might reasonably […]

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A right, not a privilege

Yesterday hundreds of students marched on London to demonstrate against fees. People came from as far away as Edinburgh to express their displeasure both at the government, and at NUS for taking a soft line on this (current NUS policy asks that the organisation campaigns to not increase tuition fees rather than actively campaigning for […]

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Comment Is Not Free

The concept of unpaid internships as a way into any profession – although no doubt useful to the employer – is a disgrace and should outlawed.

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Masterchef and the Middle Classes

This week is the final of BBC’s Masterchef. Why am I writing about this on a blog about politics? Well I think the series, which has been consistently getting viewing figures of over 4.5 million, has rather a lot to tell us about culture. Oh how the middle classes scorned all those people for watching […]

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Come The Glorious Day?

Reuben’s post On being nicer to Christians got me thinking. Not about the hostility he might once have held towards Christians in public places or the things he might have said to them (for some reason something about a lion feeding springs to mind!), but about the other groups stopping him in the street for […]

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Government Bosses to Seize Back the Lunch Break

Back in the bad old days of Victorian England being a factory worker wasn’t much fun.  Not only were you expected to work long hours for little pay. You were also expected to adjust your lifestyle to meet the expectations of your boss – usually some humourless non-conformist Protestant.  This could mean abstaining from alcohol, […]

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ASH seeks to hit the poor where it hurts

Action on Smoking and Health have become something of a fixture in the discussion of public health. A group which seeks to ‘eliminate’ the harm cause by tobacco, they seem to have a talent for getting heard and getting listened to. So I was more than a little concerned to find that as the budget […]

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On being nicer to christians

Recently I came across an evangelist trying to give me some section of the gospel. As I politely made clear that I was uninterested, I suddenly the remembered the far less polite manner in which I would have responded a few years ago. Like a lot of cocky left young men, I probably would have […]

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Another Guantanamo?

We were all so glad to hear Obama’s announcement that he would shut down Guantanamo. We all thought that this would be the beginning of the end of torture, holding prisoners without charge, and extraordinary rendition, but as we have positive news from Guantanamo, hitting the media here with the release of Binyam Mohammed, a […]

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Good Move Steingrímur Jóhann Sigfússon

Jim Jay reports that Iceland’s new coalition government has planned to increase whaling quotas. A few weeks ago, the radical left-Green movement joined the Social Democratic party in a new coalition government. Jim laments that it is the Left-Green Chairman Steingrímur Jóhann Sigfússon who, as minister of Minister of Fisheries and Agriculture, has instituted plans to increase […]

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