Jonny Mulligan
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Jonny Mulligan is an observer of politics, social innovation and issues. The views published are his own thoughts on social and political issues of the day.

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HAIL:Joseph Arthur, Americas Culturematic Pioneer

(0) Comments | Posted June 16, 2013 | 1:13 PM

Apples Tim Cook should be 'Pledging" support for this pirate genius

Apple executives have long fancied themselves as disrupters. Heres a chance for them to prove the point and support the creation of new music. Apple recently launched a series of products and operating systems, which could be game changers....

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Thatcher's Legacy Is the Biggest Threat to a Labour 2015 Election Win

(41) Comments | Posted April 10, 2013 | 7:00 PM

I have walked past Margaret Thatcher's home in Belgravia every Saturday morning for the last two years. The only way the public would know it was her home was the solitary policeman with a big gun. On many an occasion it has made me think of who was inside. Her...

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Lord Newton and Lord Tebbitt Could Teach the Conservatives About Their illusions of Justice and Society

(1) Comments | Posted March 5, 2013 | 9:25 AM

We should not be shocked by withdrawal from EU court of human rights, attacks on immigrants and secret courts. This is a very right wing conservative party who have no respect for the rule of law or access the justice. Facilitated by some liberal democrats they have strengthened the power...

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Would You Join the Ken Loach Movement for Progressives?

(5) Comments | Posted March 1, 2013 | 6:01 AM

How refreshing it was to have Ken Loach straight talking social honesty on Question Time? How depressing that with three comments he demolished the collective wisdom of our three political parties. Despite the patronising 'National Treasure' comment of the embarrassing Claire Perry MP, he was the...

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The Italian Election Is a Game Changer for Governments of the Left and Right

(0) Comments | Posted February 26, 2013 | 10:08 AM

Panic is on the way. The headline of the FT screamed "Italians Deliver Austerity Warning". Such was the reaction to the successful election of two comedians. A real one Bebbe Grillo will control the parliament. An old one Silvio Berlusconi will control the senate. Exit polls in this...

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Could Leveson Provide a Quality Future and Strong Brand for UK Print Journalism?

(0) Comments | Posted December 14, 2012 | 6:45 AM

Maria Miller has overshadowed the Leveson debate and has become the 'news' story. This conveniently takes the focus off Oliver Letwin and the group of editors. The news that  Miller' s special adviser had been threatening a journalist from the  Daily  Telegraph prompted Dr. Evan Harris, Associate Director,of Hacked off,...

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How Do You Make Pensions Sexy?

(1) Comments | Posted November 27, 2012 | 6:49 PM

Jam today -- Jam tomorrow -- or no jam at all.

In 1996, Oasis, who were supported by The Charlatans, Kula Shaker, Manic Street Preachers, The Bootleg Beatles, The Chemical Brothers, Ocean Colour Scene and The Prodigy, played two shows with an audience of 150,000 per night. Over 2.6...

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Tax Scams Thrash Your Brand and The Economy

(0) Comments | Posted October 17, 2012 | 12:35 PM

This week I learnt that several of the big US brands in the UK that I use every day are having their cake and eating it. Apple, Google, MacDonalds, Amazon have a combined turnover between 2008 and 2011 of £116.4bn. They declared total profits before tax of £5bn - and...

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The Horrible Irony of the Liberal Dems and Legal Aid

(1) Comments | Posted March 9, 2012 | 12:19 PM

In 1942 William Beveridge, an economist, published the 'Beveridge report which identified five "Giant Evils" in society: squalor, ignorance, want, idleness and disease, and went on to propose widespread reform to the system of social welfare to address these. While the Liberal Party and the Conservative Party quickly adopted Beveridge's...

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Ken: Tory and Cross-Bench Peers are Leading Legal Aid Revolt, Not Labour

(0) Comments | Posted March 8, 2012 | 9:26 AM

This week, after the eight defeat on the legal aid bill in the house of lords a source close to Ken Clarkes responded by saying: "It's yet another example of Labour peers behaving like they're in the Greek parliament, not the House of Lords." This is wrong and...

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Will Peers Vote to Cut Legal Aid for 645,000 Women, Children and Families?

(6) Comments | Posted March 6, 2012 | 6:18 PM

Today peers will vote on amendments that will decide the future of the legal aid budget for over 645,000 women, children, families, pensioners and citizens in England and Wales. Sound off for Justice and the partner organisations campaigning against the bill all recognise that we must save the...

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The Deceptions of Ken Clarke, Cuts in Legal Aid, and the Time bomb Waiting for the Taxpayer

(5) Comments | Posted March 4, 2012 | 6:00 PM

The minister for justice Ken Clarke should not make promises he can't keep. Clarke is desperately trying to hide the black hole in the middle of the Ministry of Justice accounts that will see him and his ministers thrown out of the 'Star Chamber' for cuts. The truth is if...

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Clarke and Djanogly's Derisory Offer to Children is Simply Misleading and Must be Challenged

(0) Comments | Posted February 3, 2012 | 7:50 AM

Ken Clarke, the justice secretary, has published proposals to give divorced and separated fathers stronger rights to see their children as part of an overhaul of the family justice system.

On the surface this sounds great. Having a family member who has had to fight to get access to...

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Legal Aid: If the Cuts Proceed We Will See a Boom in Crime and the Filling Up of Prisons

(0) Comments | Posted January 24, 2012 | 5:13 AM

Last week the true impact of the government's cuts became very clear. It is women, children, the elderly and the homeless that are going to get hit the worst. If this bill is pushed through parliament it is the MPs, peers and members of the coalition that must take responsibility...

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