Why the BNP do better than the Greens on Radio 4

Radio 4 keep blurting out interviews with various smaller party leaders – UKIP, the Greens, the BNP – I think just to keep people’s interest up in what is other wise a surreal but not particularly interesting special edition of Strictly Come Bullshitting. What struck me was the total difference in the way Caroline Lucas […]

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Purdah Sock In It

Purdah is the Persian word for curtain. In the far-flung places of the world, it refers to the practice of concealing women from men through segregation or dress. Here in Britain, it is the somewhat curious term applied to the pre-election period in which the government is, more or less, prevented from making major policy […]

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Policing the internet: Met takes the law into its own hands, seeks to ban offensive emails

Over recent weeks I have seen number of posters bearing the logo of the Metropolitan Police on the walls of internet cafes. The one pictured on the right is fairly typical. It tells users that they may not download or even view any material that “causes offense to members of the public”, and that doing […]

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Leeds Students Vote Against Scabbing!

Some excellent news from Leeds University. Students there have rejected a motion at the referendum which would have mandated their union to oppose lecturers strikes. Earlier this year Leeds UCU organised an extremely impressive campaign in defence of jobs and education, which ultimately won major concessions from their management. Strike action was threatened, with an […]

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Middlesex University Shamefully Cuts Philosophy Department

BREAKING NEWS – PLEASE REPUBLISH! Earlier this afternoon all staff in the Arts and Education section of Middlesex University received the following email:  Dear colleagues, Late on Monday 26 April, the Dean of the School of Arts & Humanities, Ed Esche, informed staff in Philosophy that the University executive had ‘accepted his recommendation’ to close […]

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Reuben’s Rant number 4: Let’s build on the greenbelt already!

It’s been a long time coming, but I hope you enjoy my fourth rant. It’s high time we built on the greenbelt, and told wilderness lovers to get stuffed. Email: reuben@thethirdestate.net To contact Reuben email reuben@thethirdestate.net

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International Socialism 126

A few months ago I wrote a post promoting some of the fascinating live debates going on in contemporary Marxist journals, in a bid to puncture the myth that Marxism was had become ossified dogma with nothing to say about the modern world. So it seems only fair that I plug the latest issue of […]

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Common People

With over 100k views in its first three days. Hat tip to Socialist Unity.

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The Free Cafe, Islington

Amongst the catalogue of errors that right-wing economist Milton Friedman made in his life was the use of the term “there is no such thing as a free lunch.” Yesterday he was proved wrong. Upper Street in South Islington is a strange place. Every other shop is a swanky restaurant, and those in between sell […]

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Labour’s Alternative Vote system is a recipe for permanent inertia

Electoral reform is an odd thing. Lots of people want it but for as many different reasons. For some, there is a basic democratic imperative to ensure that parliament reflects more proportionally the expressed will of the people . For some Lib Dems, getting rid of first past the post might primarily be a tactical […]

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