Why Social Housing Is A Sexy Political Issue: Part I

Over the next three weeks I will be taking an in-depth look at the problems and some of the proposed solutions to what I sincerely believe is one of the most pressing yet under-discussed issues of today: namely, social housing policy.  As the title suggests, I do realise that not many people flick through the […]

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EU Couldn’t Make It Up!

Not content with telling us that bananas and cucumbers must be straight, milk chocolate must be called vegelate1 and hula hoops are round, they’re staying round and they’ll be around for ever, the evil EU is now dictating what kind of light bulb hard working Brits are allowed to use in their own home. Apparently, […]

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The Spectre of Marx

Guest post by Matthew Wood A spectre is haunting the world. The spectre of Karl Marx. Ever since global capitalism had its infallible supremacy shaken by the tumultuous events of a little under a year ago – bank bailouts, quantitative easing, the collective schadenfreude of chastened bankers shuffling out of glass walled offices holding boxes […]

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Post 190, in which a Daily Mail columnist is mocked

There’s an American blog I read from time to time that goes by the name of Gin and Tacos. It has an irregular feature entitled FJM, in which the author takes egregiously stupid comment articles and systematically destroys them for the edification of his readers. (FJM stands for Fire Joe Morgan, a now-defunct baseball blog […]

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Big Brother, Where Art Thou?

You are live on Channel 4, please do not swear. Wank! Unless you have tourettes. Shilpa poppadom, Shilpa chappawala! Fuck it, who cares, no one’s watching anyway. Reports of Big Brother’s demise are not greatly exaggerated, though for a long time, they’ve been greatly anticipated. This week, programme makers, in one last desperate bid for […]

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BBC Killed the Radio Star

Guest post by Thom Harrison ‘Suddenly I viddied what I had to do and what I had wanted to do, and that was to do myself in; to snuff it, to blast off forever out of this wicked cruel world. One moment of pain, perhaps, and then sleep forever and ever and ever.’ – Anthony […]

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Some thoughts on the Megrahi case…

Often, when making legal decisions, there is a clamour that we consider the opinions, feelings and position of the victims, and (especially in cases of murder) often this is defined loosely so as to include the victim’s family and friends. Over the past decade or so this has become increasingly enshrined in the actual making […]

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Why I am happy to see Leonard going to Israel

Leonard On Tour You may know that a campaign has been gathering pace to prevent Leonard Cohen performing in Israel. Across the world there have been gatherings, petitions, facebook groups and indeed protests outside concerts calling on Leonard not to play in Israel. Initially the tone of the campaign was friendly if forthright. Activists addressed […]

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Whose Law is it Anyway?

Guest post by Ashen Rues Abdelbaset al-Megrahi is not a name that trips easily off the tongue, but over the past few weeks his name has been mentioned more than any other. There is nothing better during a quiet summer than a small diplomatic row between allies and right now we have one mighty row, […]

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Caricatures, Confusion and Combating the BNP

This is a response to Ed Mustill’s guest post written yesterday. In the 2009 elections the BNP gained two MEPs, gaining near a million votes. Whilst they undoubtedly benefited from the the ‘perfect storm’ of the expenses scandal and the recession, this had been coming. The BNP’s strategy of playing down their core ideology, begun when […]

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