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The Uses of Fear

The Uses of Fear

  • July 27, 2015
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The 21st century is a frightening place, so frightening in fact, that many of us would be forgiven if we just cowered under the blankets all day and never went anywhere.   Ebola, SARS, swine flu and bird flu, terrorism, ISIS,  people traffickers, migrants, financial implosion and the collapse of the eurozone – whatever face...

A march against austerity does you good

  • June 21, 2015
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There is a certain breed of cynic on the left who will tell you there’s no point in demonstrations, that marches, protests etc are managed spectacles through which an authoritarian political system projects an illusion of democratic participation and offers a safety valve to release potentially dangerous and destabilising pressures.   Such pessimism is not...

In the Kingdom of TINA

  • January 26, 2015
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One of the most depressing things about the grotesque and brutal fraud known as ‘austerity’ has been the ability of its proponents to convince so many people to accept its basic assumptions.     Once you begin to believe in There Is No Alternative (TINA), so many things that might otherwise have seemed cruel, immoral,...

Rich and Getting Richer

Rich and Getting Richer

  • May 19, 2014
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For the last five years we have heard a great detail of rhetoric from British politicians about the ‘tough choices’ that the financial crisis has imposed upon the nation.   Again and again we heard that this crisis affected everyone equally, and that all of us were rowing together, like it says in the Eton...

Whatever Happened to the Future?

Whatever Happened to the Future?

  • April 17, 2014
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There was a time when the future seemed like something you could rely on, at least if you were lucky enough to live in the ‘developed’ world; when you could look at your life twenty or thirty years down the line and know that you would have a job, and that if you worked for...

Miliband: Death by Triangulation

  • April 08, 2014
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Reading or listening to Ed Miliband’s speeches has never been good for my health.     Invariably they tend to produce the same responses; first a feeling of instant suffocation accompanied by a spreading numbness through my vital parts as the platitudes mount and words like ‘vision’ and ‘conviction’ and ‘I believe’ echo pointlessly round...

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