Critical Mass versus Whose Games? Hard and soft policing in action

I couldn’t make it to the Critical Mass last Friday. Judging from the reports that are coming out, though, the riders’ treatment by the police was terrible. Compare and contrast this with Saturday’s Whose Games? Whose City? protest, which I did attend. While the Critical Mass was given the full Hogan-Howe style Total Policing treatment […]

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Review and Vids: Silver Sam and Anna Giles @ The Spice of Life

“Boo and hiss to you for abandoning me and Leon Rosselson” my friend Cizzi texted me before the gig. Indeed there are few artists for whom I would turn aside the chance to see Leon Rosselson and Roy Bailey in concert together. Nonetheless, last night’s performance Silver Sam and Anna Giles more than justified so […]

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Military Schools: Don’t be surprised by Labour’s grim education policy

This a guest post by London teacher Jo Bardsley who tweets at twitter.com/JoBardsley. It isn’t exactly surprising that Labour wants to create military schools in order to ‘raise aspirations’ in deprived areas. This is the latest in a long line of educational disasters from both sides of the party line. Never mind the train wreck […]

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No more excuses Osborne, time to go

Following the news that the UK is in the worst double-dip recession for half a century, today’s hot trending Twitter topic is #OsborneExcuses. A few of my personal favourites include: SofiaE3 ‏@SofiaEfree I can explain: I hate poor and working people and this is class war. #OsborneExcuses Mark Bowler ‏@Charisma_Effect I heard he saw a […]

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Commandment 614

The stalemate over the status of circumcision in Germany has pulled a lot of voices out of the woodwork to stick their oars in – and aside from anodyne rights-based debates about choice, the most pernicious ‘defence’ of circumcision comes in the form of ‘Commandment 614’. Giles Fraser invoked it in his article in today’s […]

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Rush Limbaugh wins Facepalm of the Week for Dark Knight Rises outburst

I’ve always considered right-wing talk show hosts a subhuman species capable of performing only the simplest of tasks such as barking at things that scare and confuse them. This applies to no one more so than that greasy slug-headed pimple of a man, Rush Hudson Limbaugh III, who, in one of his more moronic outbursts, has […]

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Interest rates and inflation: The Right got it wrong

Those readers of this blog with economics-geek tendencies (No? OK, just me then.) might have seen yesterday’s news that inflation is falling pretty sharply at the moment: Retailers were forced to slash the price of summer clothes and shoes last month to tempt rain-drenched consumers into the shops, driving inflation to its lowest level since […]

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A brief comparison: The decline of culture

Two videos map the decline of culture and the destruction of self-consciousness over the last 40 years:

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Daily Telegraph columnists are not an oppressed minority

On Telegraph Blogs this week, Dan Hannan mounts up one of his favourite hobby horses – his contention that while “man is fallen and we find it everywhere”, people with leftwing sympathies tend to be far more hate-filled and abusive than those at the bluer end of the political spectrum. He and most others on […]

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Why it Doesn’t Matter if Rich Women Can’t Have it All

Anne-Marie Slaughter’s article in the Atlantic was brought to my attention the other day by a feminist friend who was unsure of her feelings about it. Certainly the piece has received a lot of praise.  It is by far the most popular article ever published in the magazine. But, as I told my friend, Slaughter […]

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