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Moving on from Blair: British Labour selects new leader

Posted September 27, 2010 | 07:28:56 (EST)

By Anthony Painter
The British Labour party has ditched Tony Blair and his legacy. That is the simple message from Saturday's victory of Ed Miliband in the gruesomely complex electoral college of labor unions, party members, and Members of Parliament that elects a Labour leader. The margin...

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In a multipolar world, the US needs influential allies

Posted December 30, 2009 | 13:39:35 (EST)

By Anthony Painter

"It is immensely moving when a mature man -- no matter whether old or young in years -- is aware of a responsibility for the consequences of his conduct and really feels such responsibility with heart and soul. He then acts by following an ethic...
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US health reformers must show how the public option will help provide better value for money

Posted December 14, 2009 | 06:49:41 (EST)

By David Kerr

Opponents of the public option in the Senate's draft healthcare bill argue variously that it is anti-competitive, will cost too much to implement and that it is the vanguard of a socialist takeover of the US healthcare system.

Let's be blunt; the public option is none...

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Can't stop the blog: what the internet has done for ideas

Posted October 20, 2009 | 13:20:20 (EST)

By Laurie Penny
The people of Britain understand the political potential of the internet like nobody else in the West. We have a ferocious craving for democratic involvement, in part because we have been denied it for so long within our democracy, and electronic engagement offers us a...

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Life, Liberty and Happiness: If This is Socialized Healthcare, Sign Me Up!

Posted August 13, 2009 | 12:57:43 (EST)

By Laurie Penny

My partner suffers from a joint disorder which requires regular operations, paid for by the British NHS. His most recent procedure was performed without anaesthetic by a drunken surgeon wielding a rusty hacksaw. As I forced a mouldy rag between his teeth to stop him...

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Gary McKinnon: A Disabled, Frightened Asperger's Sufferer and the Fate of UK-US Relations

Posted August 1, 2009 | 12:26:17 (EST)

By Anthony Painter

Asperger's Syndrome is characterized in part by obsessive and compulsive behavior and the failure of the sufferer to empathize with others' emotions, including distress. Much has been written about Gary McKinnon -- the UFO-fanatical British hacker who allegedly caused $500,000 worth of damage to Pentagon and...

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France Tells Women What Not to Wear

Posted June 27, 2009 | 07:22:21 (EST)

By Laurie Penny

One of the few things that nearly all nations have in common is ideological control over women's bodies as political territory. The French government this week reasserted that control, mounting the latest in its string of socio-sartorial sallies against Muslim female dress, as André Gerin, backed...

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In Case You Hadn't Noticed: Britain's Got Fascists

Posted June 19, 2009 | 13:57:44 (EST)

By Laurie Penny

While the rest of the world has been distracted by Susan Boyle, the people of Britain have just sent two representatives of a far-right, white supremacist party to the European Parliament. Yep, you read that right. Almost a million excuses for my fellow countrymen just voted...

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Socialized Healthcare: Lessons from the UK

Posted June 11, 2009 | 09:21:08 (EST)

By Rowenna Davis

A few months ago a best friend of mine turned up on my doorstep with a bundle of suitcases. She and her husband had been forced to leave their New York home after he was diagnosed with degenerative arthritis. The drugs he needed to keep him...

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Out of Date, Out of Touch: British Politics in Turmoil

Posted June 10, 2009 | 15:57:32 (EST)

By Anthony Painter

The British can be pretty slow on the uptake. Never have we been the slower than on the fundamental need to detonate and then rebuild our democracy. The simple fact is that our parliamentary system is a relic; it was out of date the minute the...

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