Review: Tankus the Henge at Passing Clouds

Tankus the Henge are a rambunctious explosion of sound, a chaotic cyclone of influences ripping through the backstreets of New Orleans, Argentine tango halls and gypsy caravans of Eastern Europe. Led by the gravelly vocals and flashy showmanship of their manic frontman Jaz Delorean, frantically juggling an accordion and steaming keyboard, this five-piece carnival of […]

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Dubai is an autocracy built on slave labour. Why would you go on holiday there?

This week’s news that three British tourists arrested for drug possession have been tortured by Emirati police* while in custody has – understandably – been met with all the horror you’d expect from the British press, and with all the empty bleating you’d expect from Foreign Office spokespeople desperate not to upset a country that’s […]

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David Cameron frequently reaches back into history, so why not apologise for the Amritsar massacre?

In 1919, when soldiers under the command of Brigadier-General Reginald E.H. Dyer massacred between 379 and 1000 Sikhs, Muslims and Hindus assembled in Amritsar’s Jallianwala Bagh garden, the British Empire was the greatest superpower the Earth had ever seen and India was its prize acquisition, a jewel shining bright under a sun that never set. […]

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Respect Shelf Stackers demands Iain Duncan Smith – the minister who voted against the minimum wage

There have been some admirably egalitarian sentiments coming from the mouth of our Work And Pensions secretary, Iain Duncan Smith of late.  Today he spoke to Andrew Marr about he case of Cait Reilly, the then-unemployed graduate who recently won her high court case against forced labour in poundland . “There are” said Iain, “a […]

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The myth of the “powerless” figurehead

As a lefty, it can be surprisingly easy to become quite blasé about the Royal family. Sure, a hereditary unelected Head of State flies in the face of any halfway-sensible notion of equality, and Prince Philip might come out with the odd bit of bigoted rubbish from time to time (OK, pretty much all the […]

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Happy Birthday Third Estate

Al Capone chose to mark a dateless Valentines Day my massacring his enemies. We chose to mark it by launching a new left-wing political blog. Not so new anymore. The Third Estate is four years old today. Happy Valentines Day and Happy Birthday revolution. www.salmanshaheen.com

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FBU speaker calls for occupation of fire stations as Clapham residents turn out against closure

Last night, at a meeting packed well beyond capacity, residents of Clapham, South London pledged to fight the closure of their local Fire Station. Clapham is one of 12 Firestations that Boris Johnson has earmarked for closure, in a bid to cut costs and cash in on rising property prices. Addresssing the meeting, FBU exec […]

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Labour’s poll lead over Tories proves austerity is more unpopular than the EU

When David Cameron blindsided Ed Miliband with an in-out referendum on the EU last month, he hoped to deal a devastating blow to the opposition by painting the Conservatives as the party of democracy with its finger on the pulse of public opinion against an out of touch Labour afraid to give people a choice. […]

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Save Clapham Fire Station

Save Clapham Fire Station – 7Pm Monday 11th Feb. – Bread and Roses Pub. 68 Clapham Manor St, London, Greater London SW4 6DZ On Monday 7th of February residents of South London will be meeting to oppose the closure of Clapham fire station. Clapham is one of 12 London fire stations that have been earmarked […]

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Greek government uses emergency powers to force striking seamen back to work

The government of Greece has used emergency powers to force striking seamen back to work. Under a rarely deployed “civil mobilization” order, sailors were threatened with arrest and up to five years imprisonment if they did not return to their ships. This same tactic was used a month ago to break a strike by Athens […]

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