Category Archives: The media

Dangerous talk: things I’ve learned from the media in the last few weeks

Things I’ve learnt from the media recently: If a specialist professional commentator – a journalist, academic, or someone like that – wants to say something, then that’s free speech and debate, and everyone should pay attention to their opinion. If … Continue reading

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Have you heard the one about the politician and the tea lady?

As a general rule, for a “political” blogger, I don’t really write that much about what politicians say or do. I usually find it’s simplest to just start off assuming that whoever’s in power is going to try and screw … Continue reading

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#NoVoteNoVoice? No thanks.

The Mirror are launching a new campaign, #NoVoteNoVoice, hoping to persuade a million people to vote in next year’s general election. Supporters include the pro-establishment anti-fascists of Hope Not Hate, as well as the National Union of Teachers and Unite … Continue reading

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For Michael Gove

Now that the likes of Harry Patch are no longer around to remind us, as we head into a year of commemorations of “the bravery of men and women who fought for, and believed in, Britain’s special tradition of liberty”, … Continue reading

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Vampires aren’t actually real, though. Class is: a reply to Mark Fisher’s castle of bollocks

2019 update: five years down the line, I still don’t think that the article I was replying to here was a very good one, but I think that I let myself be provoked into responding in a way that mirrored … Continue reading

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Julie Burchill: a class act

By now, a lot’s been said about Julie Burchill’s bigotry. As a general rule, I don’t really think it’s worth spending much time on the likes of Burchill, Clarkson and Littlejohn with their outrageous politically incorrect opinions that they have … Continue reading

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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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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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Electoral realism – a reply to Mark Fisher

Mark Fisher is one of the most prominent anti-capitalist thinkers around in the UK at the moment, and his book Capitalist Realism is a well-respected and widely-cited text. Personally, I have to admit that I’ve not got around to reading … Continue reading

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“One less pig; perfect justice” – grieving father jailed for t-shirt

The story of Barry Thew, the Manchester man jailed for wearing an anti-police t-shirt on the day two officers got shot, has attracted quite a lot of attention in the press. But two facts about the case have been kept … Continue reading

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