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Springtime in Plutocracy

  • May 22, 2013
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It’s fair to say that this week won’t go down as a highpoint in Lord Snooty’s waning   prime ministerial career.     It wasn’t just that he was forced to appeal to Labour to get his gay marriage bill passed – an issue that has pushed   the ongoing ‘ civil war in conservatism’ to open insurrection.   Or Norman Tebbit warning of the threat of a Lesbian Queen (you at the back –   stop sniggering now!) and the even more alarming possibility that he might marry his own son.

Nor was it...

Ukip: pretty straight racist guys

  • May 20, 2013
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Two days ago, all 16 Ukip councillors in Lincoln refused to reaffirm an anti-racism pledge, originally put forward by Labour six years ago, which asserts that Lincolnshire County Council will serve all people in the county equally.

Why wouldn’t they sign it?     Because Chris Pain, the leader of the county council’s Ukip group says...

The Real Queen’s Speech

  • May 08, 2013
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My Lords and Members of Parliament,   my government’s legislative programme will focus more than ever before on the victimization of migrants, as a useful distraction from the immense damage it has inflicted on British society since 2010.

In order to stop hordes of Bulgarian and Rumanian criminals and parasites from overwhelming our green and pleasant...

The UK’s Hunger Games

  • May 06, 2013
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The social consequences of austerity economics have been most visible in Europe”s southern periphery. In the UK, the coalition government has brought in sharp cutbacks in welfare state provision in the name of dealing with the financial crisis. Their impact is becoming increasingly visible.

A survey by the Netmums website found that one in five mothers...

Nigel Farage’s grin

  • May 05, 2013
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I don’t know about you, but I was already sick of seeing Nigel Farage’s horsey grin even before last week’s elections, and I’m now beginning to think that I may have to start wearing a blindfold, because this is one face we are going to be looking at for some time.

That is a great pity...

Hunger Games

  • May 02, 2013
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I’ve been working hard on a new book this week, but I did find time to vote today (Labour – we have a very good local candidate in my humble town).     I also went to the nearby town of Clay Cross to research an article on foodbanks in the UK.

I wanted to do...

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