Danny Boyle, the Olympics, and the juvenile idiocy of PETA

PETA are a bunch of prurient woman-hating jackasses who care far more about grabbing headlines than they do about animal welfare. That much has been beyond doubt for some time. Their latest foray into public life, however, is in some ways a new low even for them. In response to concerns raised by six animal welfare […]

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The pwnership of a Tory minister does not negate the awfulness of Jeremy Paxman

Many will have enjoyed the sight of Tory minister Chloe Smith being humiliated on yesterday’s edition of newsnight. According to popular legend Jeremy Paxman is something of an anti establishment hero. By his sharp wit, and dogged persistence, he is able to bring the powerful to account. Unfortunately, the reality is a little more complex. […]

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There is something deeply unsightly about the Queen towering over Parliament

So the tower housing Big Ben is to be renamed Elizabeth Tower, at the request of MPs. How craven the commons has become. One could be forgiven for thinking that the queen’s four palaces render sufficient glory unto our monarch to satisfy our royalist compatriots. Indeed one could be forgiven for thinking that the Palace […]

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The Muslim Brotherhood and Egypt’s narrow escape from the “restoration of order”

It is difficult to overestimate the relief many Egyptians will have felt yesterday, upon learning that the Muslim Brotherhood’s Mohammed Morsi had formally triumphed over the “military’s candidate” Ahmed Shafiq, in the country’s presidential election. Neither candidate represents a future worthy of the Egyptian people. Both are committed to neo-liberalism and sustained inequality. Meanwhile the […]

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Yes, tax avoidance can still be wrong even if it’s legal

This is the view of blogger extraordinaire on all things law-related David Allen Green on the Jimmy Carr tax avoidance affair: Tax avoidance is a failure of law, and it is lawmakers who should be blamed.No one is obliged to volunteer more tax than the law demands. — David Allen Green (@DavidAllenGreen) June 18, 2012 […]

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Brief Thoughts on the Greek Election

Those words of death slip so smoothly along the tongues and out the mouths of international bureaucrats of the Troika. “Austerity” sounds like a description of the blank inner walls of a Lutheran chapel. In the German psyche, at least, the images collide: iconoclasm, the rational destruction of the Greek polis, becomes the call for […]

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Workfare is hemorrhaging credibility. It’s high time that Labour’s leaders opened their timid mouths.

When workfare was first brought in, I was disappointed by Labour’s failure to oppose the policy, yet I did not scream “betrayal”. This was an issue on which the room for for manoeuvre was genuinely limited. The sheer popularity of the measure – a function of widespread public hostility to the unemployed – made it […]

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Video: LSE boss called to account as cleaners demonstrate against exploitation

Yesterday cleaners, students and activists from the IWW demonstrated outside LSE, in protest at the ill treatment of the university’s cleaners. Right now LSE is planning to cut cleaners hours. Since there are no plans to cut the amount of mess that needs to be cleaned up, this will mean cleaners working more intensely for […]

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My prediction proves correct: Brendan O’Neill claims that anger over treatment of unpaid stewards is just middle class paternalism

Soon after it emerged that unpaid stewards at the Jubilee had been made to sleep under London Bridge, I tweeted the following prediction: I wonder how long it will be until Brendan O’Neil explains that opposition jubilee slave labour is just middle class paternalism — The Third Estate (@thethirdestate) June 6, 2012 Brendan, after all, […]

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The problem with “trade not aid”

“Trade not aid” remains one of the most fashionable slogans in world of international development. The slogan expresses the idea that the developing world is held back by the protectionist policies of the developed world, and that instead of sending money, we should focus upon measures that enable the developing world to trade its way […]

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