Some of the Best Blog Posts of 2010

So here are some of the Third Estate writers’ favourite blog posts this year, from around the web and by each other (hey, so we like how each other write!) Many thanks to everyone who has supported the Third Estate over 2010! January Blairites victoary over Brown means certain defeat – Socialist Unity The Daily […]

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New Year’s Eve at Twickenham Train Station

Scene in Twickenham train station: well dressed woman in mid-thirties shouting at gigantic pink railway employee through three inches of Perspex. Woman’s daughter has phoned mother in tears after being fined for travelling on the wrong ticket. Woman: You people have no idea customer service, you just sit there you fat lump Railway employee: I’m […]

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Homeless? It’ll be fine. Apparently.

Bloody hell. Homeless charities point out that the government’s Housing Benefit cuts are going to double the number of people sleeping rough because of not being able to pay their rent. And the government’s response to these findings? In response to the charities’ concerns, the minister responsible, Lord Freud, said he did not recognise the […]

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Paul Flynn and the backlash against the blogosphere

“The blogosphere is not an area that is open to sensible debate” said Labour MP Paul Flynn on Radio 4 today, “it is dominated by the obsessed and the fanatical”. The blogosphere has been getting quite a lot of stick of late. When Iain Dale departed a couple of weeks back, he cited numerous reasons, […]

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Stand up for Judas

One christmas song for all revolutionaries is Leon Rosselson’s fantastic Stand Up For Judas. …And Jesus knew the answer said give to Caesar what is Caesar’s Said love your enemy But judas was a zealot and he wanted to be free resist, he said, the Roman tyranny The praise for Judas in this song depends, […]

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Julian Assange in Beccles

The sleepy little market town of Beccles rarely makes it into the news. The most exciting thing to happen here since three turnips were stolen from the village fete in 1833 was the discovery last summer that carts move more efficiently with rotating circular devices attached to the undercarriage. I spent 25 years of my […]

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No Christina Patterson, The Third Estate is not in league with the Simon Wiesanthal centre. We just don’t like your politics.

It would be a great understatement to suggest that the Independent’s Christina Patterson is better at dishing out abuse than taking it. Recently she described student leader Clare Solomon as a “ghastly thirty-something”. She did not really explain why, but she did mention Clare’s “assymetric haircut”. Last year she told us about the “gargangtuan creature” […]

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Joan Baez sings Christmas in Washington

I’ve been rubbish at posting recently, but this seemed an appropriate substitute given the time of year. The song’s originally by Steve Earle, but I really like this version. Enjoy.

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This sting against Vince Cable is a blow to our democracy

It has been an uncomfortable 24 hours for Vince Cable. Yesterday the Telegraph published secret recordings of the business secretary speaking to a couple of journalists who posed as his constituents. He will certainly  find it more difficult to look  cabinet colleagues in the eye after boasting of his “nuclear” capacity to bring down the government. […]

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Kettling of protesters on Westminster Bridge risked lives, says doctor.

A doctor who gave medical assistance to protesters on 9th Dec has spoken of the police risking a ‘Hillsborough-type’ disaster on Westminster Bridge: The anaesthetist from Aberdeen Royal Infirmary, who gave medical assistance to the protesters, said that officers forced demonstrators into such a tight “kettle” on Westminster Bridge that they were in danger of […]

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