Free Trade with South Korea: Is it time that protectionism stopped being a dirty word?

At the beginning of this month the EU signed a major free trade agreement with South Korea. Imports of manufactured goods are expected to increase 2.5billion a year for the next decade and a half. This is certainly a dream come true for those who make very good money in outsourcing. Despite very impressive growth […]

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The attacks in Norway: A plea for consistency

If it wasn’t for the tragic loss of dozens of lives, the intellectual gymnastics which have followed the shootings in Norway would actually be quite funny. As it is, they’re just the icing on a particularly depressing cake. It’s not just the screeching u-turn the punditocracy (and the editorial staff at the Sun) performed after […]

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Pies in the face, for and against (but mostly against)

OK, I’ll admit it. It was pretty damn funny, and it’s hard to deny that Rupert Murdoch should be somewhere near the top of anyone’s list of ‘people who richly deserve a righteous plate of shaving foam in the face’. Equally, though, it has to be said there’s something which grates about the long-awaited calling […]

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The curious case of George Pitcher

Yes, I know – George who? I hadn’t heard his name either until today, but until very recently he was a spin doctor for the Archbishop of Canterbury (who says the C of E doesn’t move with the times?). The Guardian suggests his departure may have something to do with Rowan Williams’ searingly anti-government New […]

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Drought-stricken East Africans ‘outraged’ by phone-hacking affair

Aid staff and famine-stricken Somalian refugees expressed their shock today at the News of the World phone-hacking revelations. Françoise Chevalier, 35, a nurse with Médecins Sans Frontières, whose clinics and feeding centres in Kenya and Somalia have been completely overwhelmed by the effects of the devastating drought told our correspondent she was appalled. “Steve Coogan, […]

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The Sun on Sunday – Launched today

The Sun on Sunday has been launched today. Go over to thesundaysun.net to check it out. Breaking stories include: IMMIGRANT STEALS JOB FROM LOCKED VAN “Rebecca’s Alleged Wrong Doing Has Torn My Family Apart” Cops Give Andy Coulson a Cup of Tea – at TAXPAYERS EXPENSE! Diana bullied by asylum seeker in afterlife And much […]

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The Last Cockroach

In the middle of any media broo-haha there is the possibility that new unanticipated stars can be born. This time we have been blessed with an especially fabulous new z list celeb in the form of hack’s hack, hapless Paul McMullan, who – with his wonky tie, unbuttoned shirt, and impossibly crumpled, maybe slept in, […]

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The NOTW scandal shows why we DON’T need a beefed up PCC

As the behavior of the News of The World comes under heavy scrutiny, it has once again become fashionable to assert that “self-regulation doesn’t work”, and that the Press Complaints Commission ought to be replaced with some kind of statutory check on the media. Writing for the Guardian, Geoffrey Robertson QC suggests that we follow other nations […]

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I’m bringing out a new online sunday paper: TheSundaySun.net

It struck  me this afternoon that Britain would could do with another Sunday Paper. As such I am now the proud owner of thesundaysun.net. Many thoughts are milling around my head about what to do with it. Any suggestions or offers of co-operation would be much appreciated.   To contact Reuben email reuben@thethirdestate.net

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On misanthropic bus stops and anti-social cities

Surely it is indicative of some kind of social malaise when public utilities are deliberately designed to be uncomfortable. For some time now bus stop seats up in Wood Green have been making me disproportionately angry. They slope sharply towards the ground – like a lot of bus seats to a far greater degree.  As […]

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