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The Bonfire of the Libraries

  • January 15, 2012
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Libraries are special places.  Jorge Luis Borges once imagined that Paradise would look like a ‘kind of library’.   ‘When I got my library card, that’s when my life began,‘    wrote the American writer Rita Mae Brown.  The tennis player Arthur Ashe once described libraries as ‘the courts of last resort’...

Austerity: Coming to Your Country Soon

  • October 20, 2011
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The Greeks aren’t ready to lay their heads on the IMF/EU block just yet.  The Guardian has described yesterday’s anti-cuts package demo  in Athens as ‘one of the biggest  in modern times’.  I really like the following excellent quote from  Giorgos Kamkeris, a municipal employee who took part: ‘The men and women whom we elected...

Austerity: Greece Continues to Fight

  • October 06, 2011
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The political/economic discourse of ‘austerity’ and ‘austerity packages’ tends to present these processes as if they were entirely reasonable, inevitable and a matter of plain common sense.  It’s like going on a diet.   Just ‘tighten your belts’ and reduce your ‘bloated public sector’ (how come no one ever talks about a ‘bloated private sector’...

Tough Decisions

  • September 26, 2011
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It’s always bracing when politicians talk about the need for ‘tough decisions’, as though they’re struggling to repress some inherent sense of decency for the greater good.   Maybe less so with George Osborne. His toughness is the kind one might have expected from some dissolute rake from the Hellfire Club,  pausing to evict starving farm...

Don’t Call an Ambulance

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 LAS...

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