Happy Christmas You Arseholes: Why fairytale of New York is the greatest song ever written

This evening I turned on BBC1 to see some famous comedian explain that Christmas is awful because being in a room with one’s family is horrible. I am sure that once –  many many moons ago – such an insight was fresh and amusing. Today, it is tired cliche, regurgitated hundreds of times every december. […]

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“Hate Crimes”: A clumsy way of validating victimhood

It pains me to admit it, but Damian Thompson – archreactionary at the Telegraph is correct. The recent legislation on Transphobic hate crime is an example of bad law making. His reasoning is of course abhorrent. His suggestion that “transphobia” is a spurious concept will surely be news to many trans people who have to […]

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They’re a legacy of colonialism, but the Falkland Islands should stay British

“Accepting the facts on the ground” is a nasty, slippery phrase which has been put to some extremely insidious uses. The most obvious example of this is when it’s applied to territorial negotiations between Israel and Palestine, where it’s used as a euphemism for allowing the Israeli government to annexe territory occupied by illegal settlements. […]

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Square Mile Bigger Than a Continent for Cameron

This is a guest post by Natty As we all struggle to grasp what David Cameron’s veto in Brussels last Friday actually means, one theme continues to re-emerge. Indeed it’s a theme that has emerged time and time again in the history of British politics. When asking ourselves why the PM decided to ostracise the […]

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Some Thoughts on the Muff March

People may have seen the event on facebook or the piece on the Guardian Website advertising a march down Harley Street today “against the pornified culture driving women under the knife to get a ‘designer vagina’” and “against the cosmetic surgeries ruthlessly profiting from this practice.” Here are some thoughts on the critique that has […]

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As Europe is locked into permanent austerity, and democracy subverted, Labour’s MEP’s remain shamefully compliant

In the coming months Keynesianism is to be made illegal across much of the continent. Angela Merkel, the president Europe’s great creditor nation has got her way. Europe’s leaders haver agreed in principal to fiscal union. Under the terms of the accord, budget deficits shall not exceed 0.5% of GDP, while any nation that breaches […]

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The “Parliament Square” law of protests – #OccupyLSX better watch out

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No to a tunnel on the high-speed rail link: we will not pay through the nose to appease rural sensitivities

The Campaign To Protect Rural England – the body that fights valiantly against most worthwhile attempts to ease Britain’s housing crisis – has been complaining loudly about the proposed high speed rail link between London and Birmingham. Now the government is considering caving in to some of their demands. Owing to the fact that the […]

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Mark Serwotka vs. Francis Maude on Newsnight: (near-)flawless victory

H/t to Socialist Unity for this. Tails off a bit towards the end, but there’s a lot to enjoy here. Highlights include Serwotka correcting Maude on the inaccuracies in his claims about pensions, explicitly accusing him of lying about the numbers of civil servants who went on strike, and Maude trying and miserably failing to […]

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Labour MEP Mary Honeyball: “All major parties have consistently backed the EU, therefore people HAVE been given a choice”

I was particularly amused to hear my Labour MEP, Mary Honeyball, explain why Britain doesn’t need a referendum on the EU. To say “logic fail” hardly begins to do these comments justice. Mary Honeyball EU Fail by The Third Estate I’d like to use this opportunity to talk about the democracy of this, because there […]

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