Second Update: Dana Ali

Since the successful campaign to secure Dana’s release from Oakington detention centre last month, he has been tagged and living under curfew, unable even to go into his backyard for a cigarette after 8pm. However, it seems the Home Office has finally taken note of his case. Yesterday Dana was told to go down to […]

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Skinny celebrities, ‘real women’ and misogynist vitriol

Well apparently September is fashion season in London. This is probably not common knowledge in the left blogosphere. In fact, as somebody who invariably dresses in bad leather jackets and beanies, catwalk events barely registered on my radar until the shitstorm kicked up a few years ago about so-called ’size zero’ models. It was a strange moment […]

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Playing Away

Gordon Brown is far more popular in the rest of the world than he is in his own country. Is it time for constitutional reform? Gordon Brown won the world statesman of the year award last week. I know. I’m as surprised as you. The prime minister was honoured for his leadership on the economic […]

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The Princess and the President

It’s the book everyone’s been talking about: ‘La Princesse et le Président’ is the racy new romantic novel by former French President Valery Giscard d’Estaing, 83, unashamedly modelled on his relationship with Diana, Princess of Wales. On being pressed, d’Estaing has had to clarify that he did not, in fact, at any time have an […]

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The Third Estate is Expanding

There is nothing wrong with your computer screen. You are about to participate in a great adventure. You are about to experience the awe and mystery which reaches from the inner mind to… The Third Estate! For the past few months we have been proud to bring you top quality comment, analysis, news, reviews and […]

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Consultations Versus Democracy

A couple of months ago I wrote an article describing how rules and regulations – and ethical standards officers – were stifling local democracy. Local politicians of the best kind – those with a forthright opinions and a public profile – were falling victim to regulations that stated that they must reach decisions objectively and […]

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Brown and Out

In the old days, the samurai of Japan would commit seppuku to save themselves from disgrace. Plunging their swords into their innards, they would disembowel themselves to die with honour rather than fall into the hands of their enemies. Gordon Brown has no such honour, limping and quacking on, come what may, to defeat as […]

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Raging Against Labour

Around 2000 students, activists and trade unionists demonstrated in front of the Labour Party Conference in Brighton yesterday. Led by workers from Tower Hamlets College, whose all out strike has won major victories, it marched under the slogan Jobs, Education and Peace. It was supported by the UCU, NUT, CWU, PCS and NUJ unions, as […]

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The Death of Educational Theory: Teacher Training

The left are keen on talking about theory and praxis. And often we end up talking about them in such general terms that what we say can become meaningless. The concepts of both theory and praxis are used as if we are talking about completely nebulous objects, or we talk in such abstraction that associating […]

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He’s Not the Messiah, He’s Just Another President

Guest post by Chris Girffiths It’s not been an easy summer for Barack Obama. This month has seen yet more shrieking from the right-wings as he attempts to introduce a ‘radical’ scheme to offer US Government-backed health insurance scheme so the poorest people can get medical treatment. Hardly trying to append “SR” to the “US”, […]

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