Gerry Adams and Joe Higgins win seats as Fianna Fail are crushed

Well the count is almost over in Ireland. While the election of a Fine Gael lead government is hardly a cause for great celebration, the election has nonetheless produced some excellent results. That was Joe Higgins, MEP and Socialist Party member, delivering some truths about the Irish Bailout. And now he has been elected to […]

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New Anti-Cuts Space NOW OPEN

Last night activists opened up a space for the anti-cuts movement in 11 Bedford Square in London. The space will be a convergent space for meeting, organising, preparing actions and resources. They have a website http://anticutsspace.wordpress.com/ and their twitter is @anticutsspace We really encourage all activists to come down and make the space great. There […]

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Closed door trials, and detention without outside contact, are no barriers to extradition – Assange case reveals.

Assange has now lost his extradition case and looks set to be heading to Sweden. Thankfully most people have now gotten over the idea that the acts alleged to have taken place do not really constitute sexual assault – if true,  then they  certainly do.  Yet today’s judgement, over whether Assange should be extradited, nonetheless […]

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David Cameron, straw man slayer extraordinaire

Cameron said: “I simply don’t understand how you can’t understand how democracies have a right to defend themselves. I would have thought this argument is particularly powerful right here in Kuwait which, 20 years ago, was invaded by a thuggish bullying neighbour who disrespected your sovereignty, invaded your country and destroyed parts of your capital […]

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IMF: global inequality could lead to civil wars.

The International Monetary Fund has released a paper entitled Inequality, Leverage and Crisis making the case that inequality was an ‘underlying cause of the Great Recession of 2008-2009′, The Telegraph reports: “Global unemployment remains at record highs, with widening income inequality adding to social strains,” he [IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn] said, citing turmoil in North Africa as […]

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AV is getting the vacuous contest it deserves

In a couple of months we will be taking a vote on the most basic aspect of our democracy – the way in which we elect our government. Yet one could be forgiven, over the past few days, for forgetting that such  politically important matters were at stake. First we had the much trumpeted revelation from […]

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The ‘Big Society’: companies to be main beneficiaries.

When explaining the Conservative vision of the ‘Big Society’ to the public, Cameron and co. have always emphasised the role to be played by the voluntary sector (after all, most people would agree that charities are generally a good thing). The state, they claim, often ‘crowds out’ other non-government organisations that are better suited to the task of […]

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Is it wrong to alter the bodies we were born with? Some thoughts on plastic surgery, “vajazzling” and body modification..

Back in one of my earliest posts I expressed my unease with the guerilla campaign then being carried out against plastic surgery. And right now the subject is back on every body’s lips. The death of  Claudia Aderotimi – after a botched operation to make her bottom bigger – has prompted much anxiety about why […]

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If you want quiet by 10pm on a Friday, don’t live next to a pub!

Last Friday I enjoyed a drink with some friends at the Southampton Arms. Upon arrival we had immediately headed outside, partly because the pub was extremely crowded, and partly because, like many other people, we still enjoy a drink amd a smoke. Suddenly just as the clock struck 10 several staff appeared in the beer […]

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ISAs, tax avoidance and beards: why some criticisms of UKUncut are just stupid

LibCon today has a link to a poll commissioned by the FT showing that around 60% of those questioned agreed that it was wrong for companies in the UK to avoid tax, despite its legality, while only 15% disagreed. This, as the FT points out, is good news for UKUncut and their anti-tax avoidance campaign […]

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