Monthly Archives: December 2012

2012 in review: Notes on the year the world didn’t end

As is traditional at this time of year, I thought I’d take a brief look at some of the year’s major developments. Compared to the year before, the past 12 months have been a bit bleak: from the West Coast … Continue reading

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Thoughts on Fighting For Ourselves

It’s probably fair to say that the Solidarity Federation’s new pamphlet/book, Fighting for Ourselves, is one of the most impressive pieces of writing to come out of the UK anarchist movement for a while. In fact, it might be the … Continue reading

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Maddy Pfeiffer jailed for silence

The latest news from the US state’s ongoing campaign against activists is that Maddy Pfeiffer has now been jailed for their refusal to co-operate. Together with Matt Duran and Katherine Olejnik, this means that three anarchist comrades are now being … Continue reading

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Jobmatch: the latest news, and a few thoughts on where next.

Today, Iain Duncan Smith confirmed that Jobmatch is going to become compulsory in the New Year. Channel 4 News, the Independent and the Telegraph all have good critical articles on the story – the Telegraph’s coverage is particularly notable, as … Continue reading

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Jobmatch, Blacklisting, Grand Jury Resistance: Mid-December round-up

A few quick updates on ongoing situations that I’ve been covering: on the Jobmatch front, there’s not much news at the moment, but a commenter on this blog claims that they’ve been told Jobseekers’ Agreements will be changed in January, … Continue reading

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Workfare and Jobmatch – the omnishambles continues

The government’s welfare reform plans are looking increasingly shaky. On the workfare front, Scope are pulling out of Mandatory Work Activity, making them the fourth charity to pull out of the workfare scheme in the last five weeks, after the … Continue reading

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Towards effective resistance: Newcastle, Birmingham, Jobmatch

It’s been a grim year, overall. There’s been a few positive developments, but only a few: for the most part, attacks on our lives have come thick and fast, and opposition has mainly stayed at the level of polite complaining, … Continue reading

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