Royal arrests: it’s time we put “breach of the queen’s peace” into the legal dustbin

Yesterday evening, Chris Night and a colleague were arrested for attempting a piece of republican street theatre, involving a mock royal royal execution. It was hardly a great surprise to discover they had been nicked to prevent a “breach of the peace” – an offensively elastic police power. Axiomatic to a free society is the […]

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Where’s My Invite, Will?

We can’t in all honesty, remember if one met Kate Middleton at St Andrews. We may well have – St Andrews is a small place, without any appreciable nightlife beyond the two streets where the students cluster. With the weather so consistently bleak only alcohol could really induce us to travel outside. And so to […]

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The Royal Wedding Hype Hype

Boring, tedious and detached from reality. I speak not of the relatively muted response to William and Kate’s engagement, but rather the over the top complaints about “royal wedding hype”. “The Royal Wedding: There’s no escape boomed”  boomed the headline of a recent piece over at the New Statesman. The BBC meanwhile told of those […]

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Quit your day job: Study finds unemployment preferable to menial labour.

“There is nothing necessarily dignified about manual labour at all, and most of it is absolutely degrading…To sweep a slushy crossing for eight hours on a day when the east wind is blowing is a disgusting occupation. To sweep it with mental, moral, or physical dignity seems to me to be impossible. To sweep it […]

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Jacob is wrong: Why lefties of all stripes should vote yes to AV

I’m not going to take issue with the title of Jacob’s last post, partly because I’ve been guilty of the odd bit of abusive language myself at times, and partly because I’ve known Jacob long enough to realise that trying to stop him being gratuitously offensive is a bit of a fool’s errand. What I […]

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Lefties, stop telling me to vote Yes to AV. You’re idiots.

Reuben has already put out a very good succinct post on why the left shouldn’t vote for AV, but it still seems not enough people are listening to him. Over the last 24 hours I’ve been told by at least 20 left-of-Labour facebook friends that I should be voting yes to AV. So here goes […]

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Is involvement in Libya setting a precedent? Lets stop setting them.

With recent news of the U.S. deploying predator drones in Libya to “degrade Gaddafi’s forces”, and Europe’s involvement teetering on the brink of all out invasion, we have to think carefully about what kind of message this sends out to the various protest movements which are on-going in the region. This is important not only […]

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Belarus – A country betrayed

This is a guest post by Michael Taylor. The recent Minsk metro bombing has brought Belarus back into the news, after it was overtaken by the extraordinary events of the Arab spring. Belarus, relatively unknown in the West, seems like a nightmarish leftover from 1989, when we were supposed to have ended the spectacle of […]

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Don’t let these idiots become the voice of the antiwar movement

I was thinking recently that I should probably tone down the swearing on the posts I put up here. Not because I think there’s anything wrong with invective – it’s just that it only helps to add emphasis if it’s used sparingly, and I don’t want it to lose its effect too fast. And I […]

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AV: Whose Side Are You On?

On the same day that David Cameron and arch-Blairite former Home Secretary, John Reid, shared a platform to denounce AV, the Evening Standard came out against voting reform, patronising the electorate by basing its flimsy argument on the crazy notion that AV is so much harder to understand. I wonder what’s so hard to understand […]

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