There has been some hoo-har today over Paris Brown, the 17 year old Youth Police and Crime Commissioner for Kent. This morning the Mail on Sunday revealed that, as a teenager she had beamed out some pretty controversial tweets. The liberal press have focused upon the references to “fags” and “pikeys” – in tweets dating [...]
I awoke today to the news that Royal Marines had been mustered to protect a particular inter-university sports day, commonly known as the “Oxford Cambridge Boat Race”. Such news further entrenched my feeling that the disrupter of last year’s race might have been on to something. For me, the most enjoyable outcome of Trenton’s action [...]
Lord Ahmed blamed the “jews”, because “Urdu has no word for Zionists”. This tells us a lot, and not just about Lord Ahmed.
There is something rather telling about the interview between Medhi Hassan and Lord Ahmed, published today in the Huffington Post. Ahmed took the opportunity to offer an unreserved apology for an appearance on Pakistani television wherein he blamed a conspiracy of Jews – particularly Jewish media owners – for the prison sentence that he received some years [...]
The struggle against sexism does not justify this bosses’ clampdown on infantile toilet humour (which is fundamentally awesome and win).
The annual conference of Python software developers does not usually make news beyond the world of computer geekery. This year’s conference, however has has given rise to a snowballing controversy surrounding female tech-professional and conference attendee Adria Richards. Depending on who you read, Richards is either a tenacious advocate of women’s empowerment in a male-dominated [...]
Since the crisis in the Cypriot banking system became apparent, the position of the German government has been clear: those who have deposited money into the Cypriot banking system – mainly Cypriots and Russians – must be prepared to meet the cost of bailing it out. “Anyone having their money in Cypriot banks must contribute [...]
Neither progressive taxation, nor an end to austerity, will be enough to build a stronger, fairer economy
Under the coalition, budget day has become quite a ritual. The precise details of Osborne’s budget are yet to be revealed. Nonetheless, it is already easy to predict what budget day will sound like. The telegraphistas will complain that the Cameroons are not cutting fast enough. The Tory leadership, for their part, will say something about Labour’s [...]
Click here to donate to the Firebox Kickstarter Campaign. Back in the summer of 2012 I got involved with launching Firebox, a progressive cafe and events space in South Camden. In the months since Tony Benn cut the ribbon at the official launch, Firebox has evolved into something quite significant, as a place in which [...]
Ever since our imperial possessions broke away from us, we Brits have been coming up with different ideological coping mechanisms to deal with our historic butthurt. The latest delivery of prozac came today, with the unveiling of the commonwealth charter. In short the queen stood up in her palace to explain how the 53 other [...]
Theresa May’s proposal for an “immigrant cash bond” will bring an indentured labour force to Britain
Since coming second to UKIP in Eastleigh, the Tories have come out with a raft of proposals aimed at demonstrating that they can still be the Nasty Party to immigrants. Today the Home Secretary, Theresa May, has begun to push the idea of an “immigrant cash bond”. Immigrants who are otherwise legally entitled to enter [...]
That the United States and the Venezuelan business class were desperate to bring down Chavez was a consequence of all that was inspiring about his premiership. The Revolution Will Not be Televised contains fantastic footage of the US backed coup against Chavez, and the civil-military uprising that restored him to power 48 hours later. It [...]