“Bling”: How Britain responded to the boxing-day killing of a young black man

As we made plans for the post-Christmas sales, a friend asked me if I remembered the young man who was “killed for a pair of trainers” on boxing day two years ago. I did indeed remember the killing of Seydou Diarrassouba in footlocker on Oxford Street. I remembered how the image of two young black […]

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Senate House occupied!

Around 70 students have occupied Senate House, the administrative centre of University of London, in protest over the governments plans to privatise the student loan book, the closure of University of London Union and in support of Higher Education workers fighting for improved pay. This follows a wave of occupations in universities across the country […]

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TONIGHT: Grace Petrie at Cargo

Tonight, the fantastic radical songwriter Grace Petrie will be launching her new album with a gig at Cargo, in Shoreditch. Tickets are just £6 and are available here. Very much hope you can make it! To contact Reuben email reuben@thethirdestate.net

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On the shocking revelation that Mehdi Hassan is a jobbing journalist

So the knives are now out for Mehdi Hassan, after he took the opportunity on Question Time to articulate the disgust that millions of British people feel for the Daily Mail. The Telegraph is gloating, and the twitter right is going wild, over a Daily Mail journalist’s revelations that Medhi Hassan once applied for work […]

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David Rovics On the US government shutdown

Here’s David Rovics’ rather awesome response to the US government shutdown. Why don’t they shutdown the military too?! To contact Reuben email reuben@thethirdestate.net

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Our response to Conservative benefit-baiting must be far more than a defence of welfare

If it was not associated with so much human misery, the Tory Party’s approach to the question of unemployment would be pretty amusing. This is the organisation that never misses the opportunity to tell the unemployed that they need to get off their arse. And yet, by any objective measure, it is also the party […]

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The crackdown on spurs fans shouting “Yid” is just the latest idiotic attempt to sanitize the public sphere.

It is not often that I find myself agreeing with Jewish Chronicle editor Stephen Pollard, let alone the Prime Minister, but the attempt by the Football Association to crack down on Tottenham fans yelling “Yid Army” – with threats of criminalisation – really is worthy of derision and opposition. As various commentators have explained in […]

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This is a historic democratic victory for those who marched against the Iraq war

Tonight was a victory, not just for peace but for democracy in Britain. Not only does war against Syria appear to have been averted. But Parliament has finally asserted its right to prevent the government from going to war. For many centuries, the power to go to war has been a royal prerogative, which the […]

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Why widescreen TVs tell us nothing about a family’s food budget – a few basic sums for Jamie Oliver

It would seem that many a think-tank has been wasting its time, now that St Jamie of Oliver has discovered a new, and speedy, method for measuring poverty. He finds it hard, he says, to “talk about modern day poverty”, before reminding us of a family on one of his shows “with the mum and […]

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“Hardworking migrants vs. the stupid, lazy poor” – Jamie Oliver is on familiar liberal-left territory

So Jamie Oliver isn’t keen on the British work ethic. Apparently he considers 48 hours to be just half a working week, and is upset that some Brits would consider such hours to be hard work – unlike their “stronger, tougher” British counterparts. This comes the day after he effectively claimed that there was no […]

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