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Labour: We’ll Take the Low Road…to Nowhere

  • August 13, 2013
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It’s beginning to look as though we will be stuck with another four years of Lord Snooty and His Pals.   Just a few months ago this prospect looked unlikely, even inconceivable; now it is beginning to assume a horrible inevitability.

This is partly because, aided and assisted by three quarters of the British press, large sections of the British public have accepted the Coalition’s pseudo-remedies, and now believe that the narratives of turning-the-corner, light-at-the-end of the tunnel are not fictional and that we’re all going to live happily ever after.

In Britain all you...

Illegal Immigrants: Theresa May is Watching You

  • August 02, 2013
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Perhaps moved by the display of patriotic fervor that accompanied the successful Royal breeding last week,   the government is engaging in a new and unprecedented display of toughness and control in order to address the ‘concerns’ of the British public about the porosity of ‘our’ borders.

Following the Home Office’s ‘go home’ illegal immigration van,...

Vampire Capitalism

  • July 24, 2013
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Following the piece I posted earlier this week on the Coalition government’s plans to sell off the UK’s plasma supplies to a private US company, a reader has sent me a link to a really shocking story that I wasn’t aware of before, about a similar phenomenon in the United States which deserves wider attention.


All Hail to the Creature

  • July 23, 2013
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After nine months of breathless anticipation, the breeding machine that it is Kate Middleton has served her purpose.       A prince is   born, and Lord Snooty and his generally down-in-the-mouth sidekick Clegg are smiling dreamily as they invite the nation to smile with them and celebrate the Creature’s arrival.

Journalists and royal correspondents...

Mitt Romney wants your blood

  • July 19, 2013
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As we all know, Lord Snooty and his Pals are deeply committed to our national security and the nation’s health.     Yet their latest whizzo scheme has raised eyebrows in some quarters.       It turns out that the Department of Health has decided to sell the state owned NHS plasma supplier Plasma...

Who killed Jimmy Mubenga?

  • July 13, 2013
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Last week’s verdict of unlawful killing at the inquest into the death of the 46-year-old Angolan deportee Jimmy Mubenga in October 2010 is a huge victory for his family, and a blow to the institutional indifference that had previously threatened to cast this horrendous episode into legal and historical oblivion.

Mubenga died on the runway at...

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