News & Current Affairs

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Gove: brasso-necked, pob-faced waste of carbon

It is something of a testament to how closely aligned Michael Gove is to the core of Conservative ideology that he’s still in his post. He exudes a repulsive combination of ineptitude and arrogance – the architypal blowhard know-nothing minister of his own self importance. In addition to the literny of previous complaints against his
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Yanukovych clings on by his fingernails

As the mood on the Kiev barricades reaches fever pitch, things are looking bleak for Victor Yanukovych. In a move that’s been taken as a sign of weakness by the opposition protesters, Yanukovych made an offer to appoint opposition figures to high government office – including a prime ministerial position for leading opponent Arseniy Yatsenyuk.
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A Return To Socialist Roots?

In my late teenage years 30 years ago – when I first became politically active, interested, and knowledgeable, and started reading books by people like Tony Benn and magazines like New Socialist, and rejected Thatcherism with a visceral hatred that remains with me to this day – I joined the Labour Party at a time
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Growth? You won’t see any of it

The present “growth” of minimal statistical significance is based largely on a dangerous return to house-price speculation in conjunction with individuals and families eating into savings to make vital purchases which can’t be deferred any longer. As much as George Osborne would like us to believe otherwise, this is not a victory for “Plan A”
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In-Depth Analysis

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Against Democracy and Morality

Recently I wrote a post where I experimented with a different style of writing. It was highly sarcastic and floated between satire and serious criticism. I am not convinced this experiment worked (but I confess having fun writing the piece and am grateful for the intelligent responses it elicited even if I was too embarrassed
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Contesting Common Sense: Stuart Hall’s Challenge to the Left

  The death of Stuart Hall (cultural theorist and political philosopher), much like his life and work, has got me thinking.We live in an age where to look beyond the appearance of things is to be Marxist… I have not written for sometime. I am busy with life and working and when not playing GTA5,
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Workplace Democracy: The Great Debate

“No matter who you are or how high you go, there’s always a wanker boss.” Tommy Butler – The Great Train Robbery: A Copper’s Tale That line will have resonated with a good number of people who caught the BBC’s two-part film about the great train robbery over Christmas. Jim Broadbent’s character (the rapidly-approaching-retirement chief
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Austerity isn’t working. A better way.

Borrowing at rates of interest currently well below the rate of inflation, in order to spend in areas that boost economic activity, and also act to reduce costs for people so that they can spend more of their own money – if it is done properly – actually makes economic sense. One of the most
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Opinion

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Speaking with Ghosts: Morality, Ideology, Politics

In the unfashionable world of theory it is fashionable to talk of ideology as that which structures our reality rather than that which masks ‘True’ reality. As we have broken from Marx and Marxism so we have broken with the notion of false consciousness. Marx taught us to look beyond the appearance of things and
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The NSA & Richard Branson

Why not abolish internet service providers, Facebook, Google, Yahoo etc and let the National Security Agency (NSA) run the internet?

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Is the Pope a Marxist?

Appalling news from the Vatican. An Argentinian Marxist has got control of the City State. Hardly a day goes by without “Pope” Francis attacking the super-rich.

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Housing: stripping the poor of money & power

Deploying the "stock transfer" technique to strip the poor of money and power: an account from the front line

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Working for a UK Supermarket

The reality of menial, low paid work in a UK supermarket: contracts, tax credits, overtime, sickness, changemeisters, arrogant customers & the horror of scanning targets

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Why Is There So Little Anger About All These Scroungers?

Britain’s right wing media have long been engaged in a sustained attack against the poor, vulnerable and excluded. Increasingly the logic of this attack focuses on how, supposedly, these groups are a drain on public funds. The argument often takes the form of: The good hard working majority pay taxes and receive nothing in return
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Control of Borders

A nation state consists of lines on a map defended by armed force. Pull the squaddies off the borders, as Major did at Maastricht, and you destroy the nation.

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Giving British Proles a Good Kick

The British working class has been kicked for 30 years. What will the future hold?

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Muslims, Beards, Finger-Pointing & Spooks

Is it really that difficult for Western security agencies to catch young alleged Muslims who decide to engage in a spot of mass-murder? The clue is in the finger...

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Margaret Thatcher ~ Genuine Enemy Within

Margaret Thatcher destroyed the Conservative Party — the party of Winston Churchill — as national political force. She was the genuine enemy within...

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George Osborne — Mockney Sparrow

Poshos slumming it with a fake working class accent... a uniquely English phenomenon?

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A “Poll Tax” Moment for the Coalition?

Deep cuts to Britain's welfare state lock in today. How angry are people likely to get?

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Stupid Daily Mail Readers

Daily Mail readers are such dim-witted ignoramuses they require CAPITAL LETTERS in headlines or they DON'T UNDERSTAND...

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Politicians hate us more than we hate them

Walk into any British pub and, before long, you'll hear someone express dislike, disgust, or downright hatred towards British politicians. The antagonism is so strong there's an emphasis on not even talking about them. Politicians are viewed as so beneath contempt that normal, decent people prefer not to sully their mouths by mentioning them...

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The UKIP Problem

UKIP is one hundred percent right: immigration must be talked about. Those who discuss it are not, by definition, racists. Those seeking to prevent or limit lawful discussion of immigration should be told to sling their hook. But it's not just North London social worker type lefties who wish to censor discussion of immigration...

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Honey, I Shrunk the Economy

Commentators claim George Osborne is confused, vacuous and out of his depth, as austerity economics drives Britain into an unprecedented depression. Not true...

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The Winter of Attrition

I am utterly fed up with winter. It’s bitterly cold, dark, wet and evocative of a general sense of misery and despair. Although the summer of 2012 didn’t set any weather records for hours of sunlight or high temperatures, it did provide our society with a big shot of endorphins to the national consciousness in
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Waste

We Simply Cannot Afford This Wasteful Government

There is a fascinating paradox at the heart of current government policy. That is that in the name of reducing government expenditure and waste the government are increasing government expenditure and waste! This is the paradox this article seeks to address.     The UK’s coalition government is spending a fortune and increasing the deficit
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What is Money?

Cash, dosh, folding stuff, boodle, wad.... what is it?

 
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