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The Zone of Precarity

  • July 19, 2011
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Last night a friend of mine told me that his 20-year-old son has just been sacked from his job at PC World, where he had been working for the last two years. His son had been working variable 12-hour shifts, and the weekly shift schedule was not announced till the last minute, making a ‘social life impossible’ as my friend put it.

It came as no surprise to hear that trade unions were not allowed by the company.   The inability to know when you will be working from one week to the next is...

Now is the Summer of our Discontent

  • June 27, 2011
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It’s only three days before Thursday’s mass strike action, and anyone looking at the British media would be forgiven for believing that the world was about to end,or that the armies of the undead were about to lay waste to the nation’s cities.   What we actually contemplating is the prospect of public sector trade...

Striking is good for you

  • June 26, 2011
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I’ve never been particularly impressed by Ed Miliband, and the only satisfaction I took from his election as Labour leader was seeing his appallingly arrogant brother deprived of what he clearly regarded as a fait accompli.   But Miliband versus Miliband did not suggest the widest range of democratic choices, and Ed’s  ongoing...

Los Indignados

  • May 21, 2011
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Astonishing events are unfolding in Spain, where anti-austerity protests have been taking place across the country  on the eve of regional and local elections. 20,000 people have turned the Puerta del Sol in Madrid into a mini Tahrir Square.

Last week there were protests in more than fifty cities, in what appears to be a spontaneous...

Will Hutton on the European Far-Right

  • May 15, 2011
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I’ve hardly ever bought the Observer since it supported the Iraq war,  but I made the mistake of reading it today and I wasn’t inclined to start buying it again.

First there was a soft three-page profile of Pamela Geller, a bigoted anti-Muslim harridan who surely doesn’t deserve any more attention than she has already received...

Don’t Call an Ambulance

Don’t Call an Ambulance

  • April 13, 2011
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So the London Ambulance Service will now have to lose 560 frontline jobs, 20 percent of the total.   So, according to Unison’s regional organiser, Phil Thompson, “These cuts are so deep they may not heal. If allowed to be carried out they will put at risk the many Londoners who rely on the LAS...

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