On Wearing Poppies

I very rarely wear Remembrance poppies, but I don’t really have a very clear justification for this. It’s probably partly because of my degenerate liberal North London upbringing; the importance of Supporting Our Troops and Upholding British Traditions wasn’t drummed into me from an early age to quite the same degree as it was for […]

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Integration and the Anti-War Movement

The Government has a problem. It is obsessed with integration, yet seeks to deligitimise one of the greatest examples of genuine intregration of recent  decades. I was reminded of this fact when I came across the above photo  from the recent Troops Out demonstration in London. This picture shows a number of things, the least […]

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An Interview with Nick Clegg

In an exclusive interview with The Third Estate, Liberal Democrat leader Nick Clegg sets out his vision for change It can’t be easy, being the leader of Britain’s third major political party. Caught between a disintegrating New Labour and a resurgent Conservative Party waiting for its coronation, convincing the British public that what you have […]

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Oh no it isn’t!

The recession seems to have become a pantomime this week. At every opportunity the Chancellor tells us: “it’s behind you”, then the Office of National Statistics (ONS) yell: “Oh no it isn’t!” So are we in recession or aren’t we? There’s an easy answer to this – some of us are and some of us […]

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Hoisted By Their Own Charade

TCS couldn’t organise a bumrape in a barracks and Varsity couldn’t be less hard-hitting if it were edited by Tim Henman

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Monbiot on China

Last month, Guardian journalist and tireless eco activist, George Monbiot, was kind enough to give me half an hour of his time to discuss his dire predictions for the world on the eve of Copenhagen. Understandably, one of the greatest barriers to preventing catestrophic global warming that he identified, was China, which Monbiot described as […]

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A Manifesto for Good Theatre

About a year ago I went to one of London’s more fashionable theatres to review the premiere of a play with impeccable credentials. It was the first translation of the work of a hip young German playwright: both production and direction were trendily minimalist, the weighty setting (Dresden during and after the War) was married […]

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Lord Griffiths Is a Wanker

What with the postal strike and Nick Griffin on Question Time totally dominating the news agenda, quite a few interesting news stories didn’t really get the attention they deserved this week. Perhaps the most notable of these was the breathtaking arrogance displayed by Goldman Sachs vice-chairman (and Tory peer) Lord Griffiths on Tuesday night. I […]

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Ehud Olmert’s Speech Gloriously Disrupted in San Fransisco

This was nice to see. Shame Olmert is not in prison.

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At the Picket Line

My interview a CWU activist There were not loads of people out this morning. As I wandered up, I saw a few of them – but without flags or banners. The mood at the picket line this morning was one of  of seriousness and determination. When workers tell you they don’t like having to go […]

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