#Osbornefail

On reading George Osborne’s oh-so-convincing CiF piece setting out exactly how tough he’s going to get with tax dodgers (they’re “like benefit cheats” apparently – can you imagine the depths of their perfidy?), one sentence in particular jumped out at me: Tax evaders also make use of tax loopholes, and the truth is that over […]

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Dominique Strauss Khan, rape and the “perp walk”

Despite protests from some feminist organisations, the decision to drop the the charges against Dominique Strauss Khan was neither surprising nor improper. We cannot know what took place in the hotel room between Strauss Khan and Diallio. Yet it seems eminently sensible to conclude that there is not a reasonable basis for proving his guilt […]

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Not much longer, but ever more brutally: symptoms of the collapse of the Syrian regime

This report on Syria is from a text circulated by a friend. From April to June I’ve been sending you some reports on the situation in Syria. After briefly returning to Germany, for about a week I’ve now been back in Beirut with Rami Nakle (aka. Malath Aumran) in order to support him in his […]

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Should the EDL be banned from marching in Tower Hamlets?

On Saturday one of my fellow Third Estaters (I’m assuming Reuben) tweeted: Definitely don’t think the left should be calling for a state van [sic] on the EDL march While compelling, I think this view is seriously mistaken. Granted, it’s always a good idea to be wary of calling on the State to do anything […]

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When should we worry about social media?

This is a guest post by Luke Reeshus In the frantic attempts to explain the riots, social media, blackberry messenger, and other technics of free dissemination of information have been blamed by almost all those who don’t wish to engage with an analysis of poverty and deprivation. Most of this, as we know, is bollocks, […]

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Walk this way?

A good friend of mine lives a five-minute walk away from me in central Camden. To get to her house I cut through an estate, down a quiet road, past a church and a communal green space, through another estate and hey presto. In the daytime, it is a lovely walk. But when one of […]

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Zero Tolerance = Zero IQ: Man Charged under Serious Crimes Act for Organising Water Fight

This is a guest post by Jo O’Reilly. As an Essex Girl I am (yes, still) used to jokes mocking my perceived lack of intelligence, but as a Briton whatever that means these days I can usually cling to a sense of intellectual superiority compared to those across the pond, but no more. Thanks’ for […]

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An Open Letter To Judges

Dear Judges, In 1748, the Baron of Montesquieu singled out the English political system as an exemplary form of protection of liberties, and the avoidance of corruption and despotism. He described in The Spirit of the Laws the separation between what we would now call the legislative, judiciary and executive powers. His argument was extremely […]

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What will happen if they remove benefits from rioters?

There are certain things that all humans need in order to survive: food, access to clean water, shelter, and clothes. In Britain, when people are out of work, these means of living are provided by the state in the form of benefits and council housing. Benefits currently stand at the minimum needed to provide these […]

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Will the National Secular Society keep David Starkey as an honorary associate?

Most of us by now will have seen David Starkey disgraceful, Powell-esque commentary about “black culture” in the aftermath of the riot. Currently the National Secular Society proudly dedicate a webpage to him, as one of their “honorary associates”. Meanwhile according their statement of “general principles”, they exist “to promote the friendship of all peoples […]

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