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Rioting in the Material World

  • March 28, 2012
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The final report from the Riots Communities and Victims Panel established by the government to investigate the causes of last August’s riots  and their possible policy responses has just been published.  In addition to ‘poor parenting’, failing schools and social deprivation, the report describes commercialism and materialism as significant driving forces behind the riots, which it describes as

…characterised by  opportunistic looting, very much targeted at  brands 50 per cent of recorded offences in  the riots were acquisitive in nature….the Panel was told that the majority of shops  targeted stocked high value consumer  products clothes,...

Money, it’s what I want

  • March 27, 2012
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It’s good – and in fact quite salutary – to see that the Coalition have dropped down in the polls at last and that the voters have concluded that the Tories are ‘the party of the rich‘.    Not the most startling revelation perhaps, but I was beginning to think that the electorate...

UKBA: protecting our borders once again

  • March 26, 2012
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This Wednesday at 00.10 hours, a chartered deportation flight of refused Afghan asylum seekers is due to fly from London to Kabul, escorted by guards from the private security firm Reliance Secure Task Management, which took over responsibility for escorting such flights in May last year, following the death of the Angolan asylum seeker Jimmy...

David and Barack trip the light fantastic

  • March 15, 2012
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It’s over, but only the hardest hearts could have remained unmoved at the sight of  the president of the world’s only superpower romancing our Tory PM.   Like Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers, Camerobama only had eyes for each other as they skipped lightly across the diplomatic dancefloor in  the greatest piece of...

Cameron and Obama: the lords of mayhem

  • March 14, 2012
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State visits by British prime ministers to the United States are never a particularly edifying experience.  On this side of the Atlantic, they tend to perpetuate unhealthy delusions of imperial grandeur that stem essentially from Britain’s willingness to hover in the slipstream of American military power.

This vassal-like status is often obscured by nostalgic memories...

The Coalition’s brave new Britain

  • March 05, 2012
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On 13 April 2010, David Cameron launched the Tory manifesto with a promise to promote ‘people power’ and ‘change Britain for the better’.    Cameron promised that the Conservatives would ‘ make things better without spending more money‘ and announced radical plans to ‘help the poorest, protect the NHS, help people find work...

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