When a free press attacks a free society

Us writers – in the blogosphere and in print – like to think of ourselves as the vanguard of freedom. The press is the fourth estate and all that. Putting in the public domain something that others would rather hide is applauded as a victory for said freedom. Its a perspective I have a great deal […]

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On The March…

Todays march, entitled “Put People First”, fighting for social justice in the wake of the crisis was fantastic. An extremely diverse crowd of 70,000 people turned out to march in central London. Socialist organisations were out in force, as were environmentalist groups, and lots and lots of trade unionists. It is a rare thing to […]

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Dark Satanic Turbines

I’m a country boy at heart. I grew up in the vast untamed wilderness that is Suffolk. A land of endless green fields and cow shit, of tractors and farmers, where everybody knows your name but no one knows how to speak English. As such, and as much as I’m drawn by the faster pace […]

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25th Anniversary of The Miners strike – Event at the IPPR Tomorow Lunchtime

If you are around tomorrow lunchtime, a session being held at the IPPR looks very interesting. Open to all but you need to email events@ippr.org  to reserve a place: IPPR Thinking on Thursday – The Miners’ Strike: 25 years on 1:00 – 2:00pm At ippr, 30- 32 Southampton Street, London WC2E 7RA 25 years on, […]

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Why I will be voting NO2EU.

It’s hard to get away from the reality that most people who are virulently opposed to the EU are twats, who probably shed a tear while watching videos of the queens coronation on youtube. Yet when the elections come round in a couple of months I will be officially joining their ranks when i offer […]

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Game-Theory, Amnesty International, Ideological Hegemony and Authortarian Capitalism

A few weeks ago, as part of an otherwise appalling course that I do at the lucre-driven Cambridge business school, we were given a problem to solve as part of a unit titled ‘negotiations workshop.’ This revolved around a game-theoretical conundrum whereby we had the opportunity to achieve what would essentially constitute full marks in […]

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Avigdor Lieberman, The Far Right and the New Israeli Government

This is a guest post written specifically for the The Third Estate by The Grudging Blogger. With many thanks. Whilst I cannot claim to be atypical, progressive or irreverent, Reuben has asked me to write a piece on the formation of the new Israeli government. As they seem to be the talking point in the […]

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Labour are quite right to stand up to Liam Donaldson on Booze. Lib Dems prove rather illiberal.

Liam Donaldson – the UK’s Chief Medical Officer for the past decade – is something the crusader. The smoking ban , which he describes as his ‘greatest achievement’, does not appear to have satiated his appetite for reshaping our lifestyles. Thus he is unveiling plans to set a minimum price for alcohol of 50 pence […]

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Black man in jewellery purchase shock

I am often told that my love of football is one of the most incongruous things about me. I’m never sure why this is, maybe I’ll write a blog about it some time, but for now it allows me to spot ridiculous stories like this one. Everton footballer Victor Anichebe was arrested in Knutsford in […]

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How to offend your feminist mother

I don’t often feel disgusted by things I see on TV. In general I’m one of these people who thinks he’s seen it all, but today over lunch I was genuinely shocked. In the break from the trash TV I was watching was an advert put out by HMV advertising a set of CDs named […]

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