Why we SHOULD be concerned about the decline of Pubs

Stats recently published in the Telegraph show that the number of pubs in Britain has declined by more than 10 per cent in the past decade. By the end of the year, it is forecasted that there will be just 52,000 pubs in the UK compared with 61,000 a decade ago. So why should we […]

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The Politics of Memory – Guest post by David Rosenberg

Twenty people gathered in London’s East End on April 19th for a typically low key but poignant memorial ceremony. The Friends of Yiddish were marking the 66th anniversary of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising – the vastly unequal battle that began on that day in 1943. Led by the youth, Jewish resistance forces in the ghetto […]

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The Revolution Will Be Advertised…

“…to ‘send back’ every one of ‘these people’ would cost a total £6,250,000,000. That’s a ridiculous amount of money! We could have another war somewhere out of that!”

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Streeting Shits on Students

When starting this blog, we promised that we wouldn’t write about student unions, but the last week has brought about an important event that has wider political implications. The UCU (University and College Union) are currently balloting their members for industrial action on pay. This last happened three years ago, at which point a three-year […]

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Solidarity and Bravery in Afghanistan

Given that this blog is usually replete with angry denunciations (and rightly so),  it would seem only fair to highlight this almost unbelievable show of solidarity and bravery taking place in Afghanistan during the past week.  As most of you will know, the incumbent Afghan government originally dismissed the notion of legislating against the concept […]

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Nadine Dorries Shamelessly Whips Up English Chauvanism

Just seen Nadine Dorries’ reaction to the budget: The budget was shocking. No wonder we have had diversionary headlines over the last few days. £550 million is to be spent investing in off-shore renewable energy. Well, the wind is in Scotland, as is the off-shore expertise. So that’s a £550 million present to Scotland from […]

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Earth Day

Everywhere around this little planet it’s Earth Day. Because another world isn’t just possible. It’s urgently needed. http://www.earthday.net/ www.salmanshaheen.com

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More Public Sector Recruitment Bollocks

Recently Jacob made an excellent post on the idiocy which characterises public sector recruitment systems. I was reminded of this today when I saw the advert for Newham Council’s graduate scheme: Any discipline (min 2.2), although must have lived in Newham, have a family home in Newham or have graduated in Newham. I have never […]

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How the Working Class have Revitalised Occupation Culture

“Dirty hippy layabout scum, taking the taxpayers’ money and wasting it, not interested in politics as much as his own image or where the next spliff is coming from.” Such is the common description of any student on an occupation. Always seen a illegitimate because they don’t have proper jobs. Always seen as not really […]

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175 Years since Tolpuddle

175 years ago this week there was a march of 100,000 people from Copenhagen Fields in Islington (before it became gentrified, of course) to Kennington Green, in support of the Tolpuddle Martyrs, who were sentenced to transportation to Australia, for setting up a union. There is a week of commemoration of these protests in and […]

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