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Rejoice and tug the forelock

  • April 29, 2011
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The great day has dawned and a patriotic mist has already descended on the nation’s collective brain.   Towns and cities across the UK, including my own, are draped in Union Jacks and the cross of St George,  as millions celebrate the accession of Kate Middleton from the status of ‘commoner’ to a world of inherited privilege – without even pausing for a millisecond to consider the utterly reactionary assumptions that such divisions embody.

According to our ex-Etonian PM,  the wedding will bring ‘happiness and joy and light relief after some difficult...

Cameron lets the dogs out

  • April 15, 2011
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Put yourself in David Cameron’s position.   May council elections are just around the corner and your Coalition government is taking a relentless political kicking.   Your cuts agenda is not only looking cruel but also incompetent, and now even the Royal College of Nursing has taken the unprecedented step of a no...

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...

The lady doth protest too much

  • March 09, 2011
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The lady doth protest too much

Posted on  March 30, 2011 by  Matt

Laurie Penny has become the object of much self-righteous outrage for her  account of last Saturday”s march in London in the New Statesman. So far her article has generated 482 comments. These numbers are unusual for a Staggers piece, but the tone is not....

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