Actions and Factions

The factionalisation of the left has been a problem since the first triceratops got upset because he was less pretty than a stegosaurus, and since these prehistoric times the expression of differences has regressed to things that are generally even more petty. Yet sometimes I think the way organizations behave is worth discussing, albeit briefly. […]

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Limewire taken down: Why I am cheering this blow against free downloads

And so another pirate platform has bitten the dust. I was 14 when Limewire first came out. I remember the excitement of discovering such an enormous gateway to free music. Yet unlike many of my generation – especially those of my political persuasion – I was gratified to hear this week that Limewire had been […]

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Vodafone, Solidarity and Economic Action

Earlier today, a bunch of activists, working outside of any formal organisation, structure or particular democratic body, protested against Vodafone. For those who don’t know, Vodafone have been told by the HMRC that they don’t have to pay a £6 billion tax bill because… well, because it’s been a while. This is basically mates rates […]

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My problem with the Rally to Restore Sanity

I’m a massive fan of the Daily Show. In the dark days of Dubya, it was a welcome – and all-too-rare – voice of sanity from the other side of the Atlantic, and since Obama took power it’s never been anything but on-target in its skewering of the hysterical reporting of Fox News and the […]

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Duncan Smith says “get on the bus to cardiff”… where unemployment is at NINE PER CENT

Iain Duncan Smith’s recent comments – that the people of Methyr Tydfil had become “static”, and that they needed to “get on the bus” and look for work an hour away in Cardiff – were not merely insensitive. They were also characteristically idiotic. As recent job stats show the unemployment rate in Cardiff is nearly […]

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The Lib Dems Gentle Words to their Coalition Partners

Anyone who’s been unfortunate enough to ask someone for relationship advice of any sort will probably know that old guff about ‘give and take’: it’s all about compromises. This week, we’re going to see our favourite odd couple play out this cliche game. The liberals and the tories will come to gradual and reasonable compromises […]

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Paul O’Grady takes on Osborne and the CSR. Yes, really

(h/t stroppyblog and luna17)

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Framing the debate: Fairness and the CSR

Stephanie Flanders at the BBC has posted a nice accessible explanation of the dispute between the IFS and the Government over whether or not the CSR is fair, for the benefit of those dunces lacking a formal training in economics (like me, for example). In making their calculations, both sides estimate the value of public […]

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What on earth are the TUC doing?

The TUC has announced today that it will be holding a “national demonstration” against the cuts next March. I think this adequately describes exactly why so few people have any confidence in trade unions any more. In a week in which we have seen the biggest cuts to jobs in decades, the biggest attacks on […]

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My god, some people are fucking stupid

Ok so the other day I was on youtube listening to “Hero of War” by lefty Chicago band Rise Against. As you can tell from the discussion about pissing on detainees and shooting a woman holding a white flag, this song is not actually suggesting that our soldiers are heroes, but rather opposite. So, what […]

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