Michael Meacher: Ed Miliband moving Labour in the right direction

With the Labour Party conference in full swing, socialists and trade unionists will be seizing on every word spoken from the podium, looking for signs of what kind of government Miliband might lead. But one Old Labour MP who was in government with Wilson and Callaghan, and again with Blair as Minister of State for […]

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Bolton, Brutality and Lies

Saturday’s anti-EDL demonstration in Bolton has attracted a great deal of comment around the blogosphere and in the media. Much of it nasty, outright lies and smears, some of it genuine debate about the kind of tactics we need in the future. I’m not going to comment much on the discussion of tactics right now […]

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BA Cabin Crew Strike: Oppression at the Roadside, Fear at the Football Club, and the Worst Picket Line in the World

As I got off at Hatton Cross station, I saw a few flags. Billowing in the wind, I thought the bright red Unite emblems were a bit uniform, and bland, but that this might be where I’d find some socialist pals I’d arranged to meet up with in order to offer support and solidarity. As […]

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Scandal fatigue

Here’s a prediction: The Sunday Times’ big ‘MPs for hire’ scandal is going to be a damp squib. No one’s going to care. Sure, it’ll be all over the news for a few days, and Labour might take a temporary hit in the polls, but in the long term the effect will be zilch. The […]

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Swim Against This Tide

This article, which I co-authored with environmental lawyers Ambika Hiranandani and Roland Miller McCall, was first published in The Times of India “Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day,” goes the old Chinese proverb. “Teach him how to fish and you feed him for a lifetime.” Nowadays, with massive trawlers […]

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Tories Target Travellers. Again…

It’s an election year. Which means it’s time for the Conservatives to attack their favourite victimised minority. For such a tiny minority in British society, Travellers certainly attract a disproportionate amount of Middle England’s ire. Not content with passing the Criminal Justice Act in 1994, which removed the requirement for local authorities to provide sites […]

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Mandelson fails to get capitalism

Mandelson made me chuckle today. A couple of hours after shareholders approved Kraft’stakeover of Cadbury’s he met with Kraft’s CEO. Speaking to the BBC about the meeting he expressed his “dissapointment” that Kraft had failed to give him specific commitments about keeping jobs in Britain, and told of his determination to get firmer, more specific […]

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Shame on The Independent on Sunday

Last week the historian Martin Gilbert brought attention to an article published a couple of months back by the Independent on Sunday. He expressed a certain amount of reasonable outrage over piece in which former ambassador Oliver Miles had questioned the impartiality of the enquiry panel. It is an article that starts off reasonably. Miles […]

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Join the Libel Reform Campaign!

Hey, remember that time a couple of months ago when Trafigura tried to stop the Guardian from reporting what was said in Parliament? Want to stop the rich and powerful from using the threat of expensive court cases to bully writers, scientists and academics into censoring themselves? PEN and Index on Censorship have teamed up […]

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Egemen Bagis in Greece

Guest post by Christos Loutradis Yesterday, Egemen Bagis, Turkey’s chief EU negotiator, gave a speech in Greece on strengthening ties between the former rivals, Turkey’s EU candidacy and how to resolve the thorny issue of Cyprus. Press-Gr’s Christos Loutradis reports for The Third Estate It was a speech of lifting taboos. Egemen Bagis, chief EU […]

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