Yes, call out bigotry within our ranks. But we need to keep a lid on this bloodletting.

The sun rises in the east and sets in the west. Counterfire members fiddle excessively with iPads and other electronica. Another, equally  immutable fact of life is that people with good politics sometimes get things very wrong. Recent examples include Tony Benn, George Monbiot and Suzanne Moore. In their different ways, all three have been […]

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US to set up drone base in West Africa

How long ago October seems. Back then François Hollande promised that  his country would provide “logistical  support” in Mali, but no French combat troops would be sent to the West African nation. Since then we have  received news of Malian civilians killed in a French air strikes, while French soldiers continue to advance on key […]

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More expenses bollocks.

“Malcolm Tucker: Is that your chair? Nicola Murray: Oh god, yeah. It’s cool, isn’t it? It’s got lumbar support. Malcolm Tucker: Bin it. People don’t like their politicians to be comfortable. They don’t like you having expenses, they don’t like you being paid, they’d rather you lived in a fucking cave.”  - From The Thick of It It […]

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George Osborne: History will remember you better if you turn left

At 11.39pm, April 14 1912, a man called Robert Hitchins made the mistake of turning right instead of left. The RMS Titanic struck an iceberg and sank, taking with it a captain who had blithely ignored all warnings of danger and plowed on full steam ahead with the arrogance of an Empire which was soon […]

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The deli article.

Article removed pending further discussion. We stand by the content of our original article and consider the system of apprenticeships highly problematic. To contact Reuben email reuben@thethirdestate.net

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In praise of snow related absenteeism – a modern day Saint Monday

Ok, let’s be honest. If you live in London, within zone 4, then it’s unlikely that snow will massively impede your ability to get to work. Indeed I would suspect that a fair number of us have been a little economical with the truth, when explaining to our managers that the snow had made travel an […]

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Shooting the messenger

This weekend it was reported that an Oxford college – St Hugh’s – has refused to award a place to an applicant because it thought he wasn’t rich enough. At least, that’s what the headlines said, and…well, it’s sort of true. It’s just that that’s also quite a misleading way of putting it. A headline […]

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Cause and effect? Never heard of them.

Vince Cable, on Friday last week: In such weather spare a thought for those out on the streets & consider supporting or donating to @spearlondon, a local homeless charity — Vince Cable (@vincecable) January 18, 2013 Very commendable, Mr Cable. Just one thing – when you’re sparing a thought for those living on the streets, […]

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Why we need the EU

Continuing the European theme from Reuben’s well-reasoned article, I have thrown in my two euro cents on the EU on my new website salmanshaheen.com David Cameron is taking his sabre to the Netherlands tomorrow, rattling it like a toy rattles when it’s thrown from a pram. On the agenda: Britain’s future in Europe. There will […]

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Britain and Europe: The case for a radical repatriation of powers

Ahead of tomorow night’s heavily billed speech in the Netherlands, the outline of Cameron’s Europe strategy has begun to emerge. He will use the threat of a UK referendum to try to repatriate some powers from Brussels. Conversely, he hopes that the prospect of Britain taking back some powers will be enough to dampen down […]

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