London Conservative has no problem with Police punching student protesters

In case you missed it, Channel 4 News on Wednesday featured a head-to-head debate about that day’s Cops Off Campus protest (and the violent confrontations between students and police which prompted it) between University of London Union Officer Maham Hashmi and a Tory politician called Richard Tracey. This discussion was notable chiefly for a section […]

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Letter in the Guardian: Left Unity ready to offer an alternative

Managed to get this letter into the Guardian today, signed by director Ken Loach, Only Fools and Horses actor Roger Lloyd Pack, former Children’s laureate Michael Rosen and a number of other famous writers, academics, activists and musicians supporting Left Unity. This summer will be remembered for Labour‘s final betrayal of the working-class people it […]

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Picketline Pat and his black and white cat

No privatisation of the Royal Mail! We’ve lost enough already. www.salmanshaheen.com

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The case against class solidarity with coppers

Reuben’s article made some very valid points, not least that Andrew Mitchell’s comments show just how radically out of touch the Tory elites running this country are from the vast majority of us. Should Mitchell be hung out to dry for his comments? Undoubtedly so. Is it a good thing that he has brought fresh shame […]

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French PM bans protest by Muslims because it “doesn’t concern France”

This story is really, seriously worrying: (CNN) — French authorities said Wednesday that they will not authorize weekend demonstrations in Paris as protests over an anti-Muslim video [The Innocence of Muslims, the youtube clip which sparked the anti-American protests in Cairo and Benghazi last week] started to fade worldwide. Prime Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault told radio […]

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May Day Greetings

Wonderful to be greeted with a May Day rose from the Occupy people at Liverpool Street this morning. Caught them later on in Paternoster square waving banners and shouting down capitalism. It was a small and lively demonstration, but glad to see that after six months, they finally made it to the London Stock Exchange! May […]

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The invisible crisis in Belarus

This is a guest post by Anton Grinevsky and Alesia Grinevskaya “There is no crisis in Belarus”. This is the official position, but it’s a long way from the truth. Everything started last autumn during the presidential race, leading up to the December elections. Every day, the state media showed all kinds of positive coverage […]

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Paternoster Square is not Tahrir Square, but OccupyLSX’s Goals are Clear

Last week’s seminar at the Frontline Club asked a very pertinent question of the Occupy London movement pitched outside St. Paul’s. What do you want? I was surprised to see from the show of journalistic hands that the majority in the room did not know exactly what the protesters are camped out for, though, given […]

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The police might use plastic bullets tomorrow? Don’t make it easy for them

Yesterday’s news that the Met is giving its officers access to plastic bullets for tomorrow’s student demonstration is, obviously, pretty disturbing. I’d guess it’s pretty unlikely they’ll actually be used – making a big announcement to the press two days before the event looks a lot more like an attempt to warn off any would-be […]

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Dave Hartnett’s Days are Numbered

It’s not always easy juggling a full time job as a tax journalist with the life of an ardent activist. Sometimes it’s difficult finding the time to duck out to save the world on your lunch break. But when there are several hundred people camped a few feet from your office by St. Paul’s preparing […]

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