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Striking is good for you

  • June 26, 2011
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I’ve never been particularly impressed by Ed Miliband, and the only satisfaction I took from his election as Labour leader was seeing his appallingly arrogant brother deprived of what he clearly regarded as a fait accompli.   But Miliband versus Miliband did not suggest the widest range of democratic choices, and Ed’s  ongoing  ‘listening’ exercise hasn’t inclined me to change my mind. Virtually everything he says and does reeks of political cowardice and opportunism.

Most of the time he talks in vacuous soundbites and slogans, and appears devoid of ideals and ideas....

Stop Rania Deportation!

  • June 10, 2011
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As Britain Sees a Needy Child
By Matt Carr


Rania Abdechakour

Credit:Bolton News Picture Agency

BOLTON, Jun 10, 2011 (IPS) – The British Home Office has ruled that a severely disabled five-year-old girl should be returned to Algeria. The ruling demonstrates just how tough some European governments are getting on immigration…

My piece for IPS News...

The Gilded Age

  • May 19, 2011
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Corruption is a phenomenon that the British often prefer to associate with less civilised countries and Latin American ‘banana republics’ rather than the cradle of parliamentary democracy.

We prefer to use more polite and genteel terms such as ‘potential conflict of interest ‘ and ‘revolving doors’ to describe the incestuous relationship between politicians and the private...

Something Dark at Nottingham University

  • May 05, 2011
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In July 2008 Rizwaan Sabir, a masters student at Nottingham University and Hicham Yezza, a former student who was working as a junior university administrator in the university’s School of Modern Languages, were arrested under the 2000 Terrorism Act for downloading terrorist materials.   The material in question included the so-called ‘Al Qaeda Training Manual’,...

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...

Cameron Lets the Dogs Out

  • April 15, 2011
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Put yourself in David Cameron’s shoes.   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 confidence vote...

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