Iraq and Afghanistan

There’s an excellent piece by Andy Newman on Socialist Unity about why Afghanistan could prove to be a bigger defeat for America than Vietnam. The key point is his identification of Iraq and Afghanistan as being part of the same conflict. It’s easy to forget about Iraq with the media’s eye so focussed on Afghanistan. […]

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The Coalition Blues #2

The police are voluntary Voluntarily deciding who’s to die You throw two plastic bottles And get thrown in the pig sty But the pigs themselves get let off Leaving a newspaper man to die But if you’re going to give a bashing To a newspaper man Couldn’t it have been Murdoch or Piers Morgan? But […]

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Off to see the Bootleg Beatles, as the Bootleg Mark Chapman – In Praise of Half Man Half Biscuit

My mate’s step-dad manages Half Man Half Biscuit. They’re that sort of band. An ordinary band that writes and sings about mundane, ordinary life with an extraordinary humour and eloquence. You don’t hear much about them these days, but for a brief period in the 80s they were very, very cool. They were seen as […]

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Stop Press! Tories Get it Right!

Today seemes to be a bit of a Theresa May special on The Third Estate. But not all of it’s negative. Who’d have thought the Conservatives – the party which brought us Michael Howard and the Criminal Justice Act – could actually be better than Labour on civil liberties? Well, looking back at the last […]

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Yes to late licences, no to Theresa May’s battle against booze!

She might be a Tory, but on assuming office Theresa may took a few positive steps in rolling back some of the most illiberal actions of the previous government. She put on hold the vetting and barring scheme, and scrapped ID cards. So I was a little disappointed when it was announced today that she […]

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Football Contradiction

Has anyone else ever noticed the contradiction on the Barcelona FC kit?

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Southampton’s Tory council to sack librarians and replace them with unpaid volunteers.

Last month unison members in Southampton went on strike over the city council’s plans sack employees and replace them with unpaid volunteers. The council plans to get rid of 6 librarians. According to unison this will lead to one library being run exclusively by volunteers. This, I am afraid, is a sign of things to […]

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A Few of the Best

As you probably already know, voting for this year’s Total Politics Top Blog Awards is well under way. Naturally, I hope all our readers will vote for The Third Estate again this year. However there are some other really great left-wing blogs out there. With the Conservatives in government again and David Milliband likely to […]

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Eastenders: the latest ethnic amusement

The latest attempt of Darren – the 19 year old Eastenders Character – to get laid has been an interesting affair. He was about to have sex with Jodie – the teenage daughter of Albert Square’s new Jewish family – until something went wrong. When he pulled down his boxers she noticed he had a […]

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Dear Nick, the government really must be present at PMQs

There is a lot that is cruddy about our democracy, from the  piss-stained benches of the House of Lords to our absurd system of voting. Yet many would agree that the tradition of Prime Minister’s Questions is something to be proud of.  The weekly opportunity for our elected  representatives to hold the government to account, […]

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