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Twilight in Brexitland

  • September 18, 2017
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Yesterday evening I shared a horrific post on Facebook about a tetraplegic woman whose disability benefits have just been cancelled, and has just been summoned to a job interview by her local job centre.  As shocking as it was, this dreadful decision was a fairly typical example of the cruelty and incompetence that has...

2016: The Year of Living Fearfully

  • December 28, 2016
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There was a time – it seems many years ago now – when governments in the Western world told their populations that things were getting better, and that they were helping them to get better.   In those days voters by and large believed them, and made their political choices from amongst a cluster...

The resistible rise of Katie Hopkins

  • April 19, 2015
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Ok, I know I shouldn’t write about Katie Hopkins.   I am aware that she is a self-seeking toxic sociopath who feeds on toxicity and says hateful things in order to get people to talk about her.     Her motives for doing this are so painfully transparent they hardly bear scrutiny: she wants to...

Jimmy Mubenga: A Shameful Verdict

  • December 17, 2014
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Yesterday a jury delivered one of the most astounding verdicts that the British justice system has produced in many years, when it found three former G4S guards not guilty of the manslaughter by gross negligence of   Jimmy Mubenga, the Angolan deportee who was asphyxiated while being forcibly held down in his seat during a...

British Racism: Out of the Mouths of Babes

  • January 08, 2014
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You need a lot of patience to be an ambassador from an Eastern European country to Britain these days – the kind of patience a police negotiator might need to talk down a drunken husband holed up with a shotgun or perhaps a potential suicide about to jump off a balcony.

Every other day, it seems,...

Ukip: pretty straight racist guys

  • May 20, 2013
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Two days ago, all 16 Ukip councillors in Lincoln refused to reaffirm an anti-racism pledge, originally put forward by Labour six years ago, which asserts that Lincolnshire County Council will serve all people in the county equally.

Why wouldn’t they sign it?     Because Chris Pain, the leader of the county council’s Ukip group says...

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