UKUncut: Don’t let the CS spray become the story

It should, I think, be uncontroversial to state that using a chemical agent that does this to peaceful protestors is pretty fucked up, to say the least. I was at the UKUncut Boots action on Sunday, and the sight of innocent people staggering blindly around while screaming in pain through tears and mucus is not […]

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Labour and Sinn Fein set for huge gains in Ireland’s most exciting election for 80 years

Since the birth of the Republic, Ireland has been dominated by two centre right parties. Fine Gael and Fianna Fail, and there antecedents, have rarely gained less than 75% of the vote between them . Yet an historic shift is set to take when Ireland goes to the polls in a month’s time. According to […]

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On being called a cunt by Laurie Penny

Last night I attended a debate between AWL organizer Ed Maltby and journalist-cum-activist Laurie Penny. I won’t pretend it was the most interesting debate in the whole world, but nonetheless it was one of a number of fora in which activists are coming together to discuss theoretical issues in the emerging anti-cuts movement. The event […]

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Upsurge and repression grip Puerto Rico

In the last two hours riot police  and troops in Puerta Rico have opened fire on protesters with rubber bullets and pepper gas, in the Parliament Square of San Juan, wounding a young journalist – reports Radio Huelga. A live feed of events can be found here. Since last year tensions in Puerto Rico – […]

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Whatever Hunt decides about Sky, it doesn’t look good for the Tories

This might sound a bit strange, but I’m prepared to bet that Jeremy Hunt really wishes Vince Cable had kept his mouth shut when he met those undercover Telegraph reporters. It’s because of that little indiscretion, of course, that Hunt has the responsibility for deciding whether Murdoch can acquire a controlling stake in BSkyB, and […]

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Wikileaks, Police Spies and Tory Scandal: Why Revelation Doesn’t Work

It seems a constant of British political life that the public is shocked by ongoing revelations regarding the machinations of the rich and powerful. It sometimes seems as if the campaigning journalist is the radical’s best friend, whether passing on papers of diplomatic intrigues, or showing the ‘moral stance’ of the current government to be […]

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Policing Teachers’ Private Lives

The Metro today reports a surge in cases in which teachers have been punished or disciplined over their private behaviour. Teachers’ union the NASUWT have hit out at the impact of the General Teaching Council’s code of conduct, which came into effect in 2009 and which demands that teachers “standards of behaviour both inside and […]

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Tory MP: Ticket touting an “excellent example of enterprise culture”

Today in parliament the labour MP Sharon Hodgson brought forward a private members bill aimed at controlling the spiralling problem of ticket touting. If you have sought to by a ticket for a popular music event during the past few years, then you may well have been left reeling with frustration. While there have always […]

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Alan Johnson Stands Down as Shadow Chancellor

Alan Johnson announced he’s resigning as Shadow Chancellor for family reasons. Reading between the lines, could it be because he knows nothing about economics, frequently clashes with Ed Miliband and is just a little bit shit? Let’s hope Ed picks someone a bit more suited to the role next time, who’ll really go for the […]

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An unforgivable waste of public money: man gets three years for growing and selling weed

Barnet police like to reassure the public that they are keeping busy. As such they regularly publish stories about what they are doing and which baddies they have nabbed. Over there you can find out about the woman sentenced to 27 months for GBH after she attacked somebody with a broken glass and left her […]

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