Crispin Black on the Binyam Mohamed torture judgment: Massive sense of perspective fail

So it’s now official –  Binyam Mohamed was tortured while he was detained by the US, and MI5 knew this, but lied about it. Needless to say, this is pretty serious, so who should we be getting pissed off at first? The US, for doing the torturing? MI5, for lying? The House of Commons’ Intelligence […]

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Hegemony and the Desexualisation of Children

The so-called sexualisation of children has been all over the news this week with a report for the home office being published by Dr Linda Papodopoulos. Amongst recommendations are those about softcore men’s mags such as Nuts and Zoo being made to be top-shelf publications, as they are often seen by eight to fifteen year […]

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Tamsin Omond to stand against Green Party’s Bea Campbell Labour’s Glenda Jackson in latest act of epic narcissism

“Not all companies get the urgency of climate change yet but their customers have more power than they think. Last week, I left the outer packaging of my shopping on the till at Tesco.” – Tamsin Omond demonstrating her commitment to environmentalism by leaving an underpaid cashier to clear up her mess. I winced yesterday […]

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Reuben Rants Number 3: Child protection or a dangerous liars charter

Have you ever wanted to ruin someone’s life with a false  accusation? If so your life has now got easier, thanks to the governments arbitrary, dangerous and illiberal vetting and barring scheme. I hope you enjoy my third rant.

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POWER 2010: The Pledge Revealed

After 4,500 submissions and 100,000 votes, the POWER 2010 pledge has finally been revealed. 1. Introduce a proportional voting system. 2. Scrap ID cards and roll back the database state. 3. Replace the House of Lords with an elected chamber. 4. Allow only English MPs to vote on English laws. 5. Draw up a written […]

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Interns Deserve Better

Guest post by Ben Lyons What do Blue Peter and John Bercow have in common? Neither of them pay their interns. With an increasingly competitive employment market, getting a job today often relies less on your interview skills than your ability to intern for free. An article in the New Statesman this week highlights this […]

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Will I Support POWER2010′s Final Pledge?

You may have noticed that the POWER2010 campaign and its supporters have been given a fair amount of air time on The Third Estate. The response from readers and other bloggers has been mixed. Some have argued that the organisation is correct to thow open the question of fixing Britain’s broken democracy to its people. […]

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The Greens are a Left-Wing Party

Hat tip to Derek Wall for this report from an attendee of the Green Party conference. Encouraging signs for those of us on the left who see the Green Party as the most promising vehicle for progressive change in British politics and for those who see the party as much more than a single-issue environmental […]

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Last Night of Voting for POWER 2010 Pledge

Guest post by Guy Aitchison POWER2010 is entering the final stretch of its public vote to find the very top ideas that will fix UK politics. With over 4,000 ideas submitted, boiled down to a list of 29 by the deliberations of a representative sample of the UK, and then opened up to the public […]

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Everybody Hurts?

The Haiti appeal song ‘Everybody Hurts’ is now the number one in the UK charts, and doubtless will be for a few more weeks at least, because that’s how number ones work now. So given that this is the most bought piece of music at the moment, I thought I’d give it a listen, along […]

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