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Alistair Campbell’s winners

  • March 02, 2015
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There is a story some years back, it might have been in one of Nick Cohen’s books, that   Peter Mandelson and various New Labour luminaries attended a politicians-meet-businessmen functions, where they were reportedly so wide-eyed and awestruck by   by the presence of Sky executives that one of the execs contemptuously dubbed them   them ‘starfuckers.’

The deference that New Labour showed towards the rich and powerful when it was in office demonstrated the truth of this observation many times over, and the post-political business careers of its leading politicians shown how much they...

Solidarity with Cage

  • February 28, 2015
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What do the British media and government do, when presented with the possibility that the transformation of a British Muslim into the latest ‘face of terror’ may have been partly due to his treatment at the hands of the security forces?     Essentially 4 things: a) Completely ignore any evidence that might support such...

Farage in Rotherham

  • February 07, 2015
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The Jay and Casey reports on the Rotherham sexual abuse scandal make grim and horrific reading.     They describe a vicious pattern of   rape, sexual abuse and blackmail of young white girls by men of mostly Pakistani origins; the manipulation of vulnerable and dysfunctional teenagers by corrupt sugar daddies without a trace of...

Jacques Peretti’s Gilded City

Jacques Peretti’s Gilded City

  • January 30, 2015
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It’s been a long time since I’ve seen a good documentary on the BBC, let alone an essential one.     But for those who haven’t seen it, I really recommend Jacques Peretti’s outstanding series on the super-rich, which you can still see on podcast here.     I watched the first of its two...

Why Does the Right Hate the NHS?

Why Does the Right Hate the NHS?

  • January 25, 2015
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When I was young I never paid much attention to the National Health Service.   This isn’t entirely surprising.   When you’re young, you don’t, unless you’re very unlucky, tend to have  much contact with doctors and hospitals.   In addition, the NHS has been around so long that it takes a degree of historical...

Try to be civil, Chilcot

  • January 22, 2015
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One of my favourite moments in Joseph Conrad’s Heart of Darkness occurs  when the narrator Marlow is interrupted by an irritated listener who tells him ‘Try to be civil Marlow.’ It’s a very English request, as Conrad well knew.   I mean here is Marlow, recounting a story of the horrific violence and cruelty, madness...

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