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Mooney, the Mail and Me

(4) Comments | Posted February 6, 2012 | 8:59 AM

As hard as it may be to envisage, it is possible that some of you may have missed my appearance on BBC Radio Four's Broadcasting House programme over the weekend. Thanks to the wonders of BBC iPlayer you can catch up here. Typically, I forgot half of what...

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Sticking Up for the Tabloids - Someone Has To

(5) Comments | Posted January 24, 2012 | 6:00 PM

When David Cameron announced, in July last year, that there would be an investigation into media ethics and phone hacking you just knew it would not take long before certain circles began labelling the British tabloids as "The Scum Of All Newspapers."

Publications such as the Guardian have...

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Where Has My Labour Party Gone?

(4) Comments | Posted January 19, 2012 | 6:15 AM

I almost hesitate before typing, but I must openly confess to something that is increasingly becoming a hard thing to articulate, let alone admit: I am, and shall likely remain, a Labour Party supporter. There, I have said it. The reason for this sudden rush of dread and embarrassment is...

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When Will the Endless Military Defenders Confess to Their Stupidity?

(0) Comments | Posted January 12, 2012 | 10:26 AM

Another day, another military controversy. This time - for I have lost count of the exact number of criminal/illegal/immoral (select adjective at will) episodes involving NATO armed forces - American marines have, seemingly, recorded themselves on film urinating over Afghan corpses; laughing and mocking for good measure. Who...

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The Real Villain of the GOP Race is the President Himself (Part Two)

(0) Comments | Posted January 11, 2012 | 6:02 AM

Continued from Part One...

Hard to imagine any sane individual voting for this guy, right? Wrong. It is now public knowledge that President Obama embraced Uzbekistan's tyrannical president, Islam Karimov, in return for the opening of crucial supply lines into Afghanistan. Obama has since rewarded the central Asian...

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The Real Villain of the GOP Race is the President Himself (Part One)

(0) Comments | Posted January 6, 2012 | 10:49 AM

In the somewhat irrelevant, mundane and over-long run-up to November's presidential election much of the media spotlight has been on the talents - or rather, lack of - within the GOP ranks.
Frontrunner Mitt Romney is suffering from what I shall refer to as a sinister and weird...

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Militarisation of Britain Should Trouble Us All

(21) Comments | Posted January 2, 2012 | 3:22 AM

As I flicked through the Guardian prior to my long overdue Christmas break I stumbled upon a fascinating piece by George Chesterton that spoke beautifully of Britain's unconditional love towards all things military related: "Britain has been drawn into a deep sleep about war", warns the author. And he happens...

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Will it be a Happy New Year for Ed Miliband?

(0) Comments | Posted December 19, 2011 | 4:04 PM

To answer my own question, it should be. But, what is becoming increasingly more apparent, it won't be. Never has a Labour leader had it so good; a rampant Tory government, a divided Lib Dem horde that would fail to overcome Harold Shipman in a popularity contest and a sinking...

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Party Funding is a Serious Issue, Regardless of Which Side You're on

(1) Comments | Posted December 11, 2011 | 10:56 AM

"There can no longer be large donations to political parties" said Lord Levy, Labour's chief fundraiser under Tony Blair, earlier this year. Levy was making his comments to the committee on standards in public life in January; a committee set up to look at possible reform of the...

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Slaying Three Tory Lies

(0) Comments | Posted December 5, 2011 | 7:08 AM

It has been a long 19 months. Merciless austerity and widening inequality has been the name of the game. Cameron's supposedly 'compassionate conservatism' has resulted in the biggest squeeze on living standards since the 1920s, leaving communities polarised, divided and belligerent.

We have witnessed riots and protests, in-house quarrelling...

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Old Hunters Lodge, Whipsnade

(0) Comments | Posted December 2, 2011 | 7:48 AM

Purely from an aesthetic perspective, this charming and alluring building just shouts at you from the roadside to come in and enjoy a quick adjournment from your trip. It oozes class and refinement; giving you, the passer-by, an assurance that you will have a good time and not leave wishing...

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Is Britain Losing its Morality?

(0) Comments | Posted November 29, 2011 | 12:00 PM

As ever, I start my mornings scrolling through the daily news online. To accompany my intake I switch on the television and flick on Sky News.

Now, I understand that we are in tough times at the moment - Arab Awakening, Eurozone crisis, domestic spending cuts etc - but...

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Where the Leveson Inquiry Falls Short

(2) Comments | Posted November 27, 2011 | 5:00 PM

It is fairly safe to say that the vast majority of us have been immersed in the ongoing Leveson inquiry over the last few days.

All of last week, Sky News and BBC News were showing continuous coverage from the Royal Courts of Justice as events unfolded, meaning that...

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Tories! Putting the 'N' in Cuts!

(4) Comments | Posted November 22, 2011 | 5:00 PM

As we loom ever nearer to that momentous day, when approximately 750,000 public-sector employees will walk out in protest over proposed pension reforms, it is essential that an enlightening, yet concise, case is made in favour of strike action. For months now, tabloid stories denouncing public-sector workers and their pay...

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The Left's Problem with Warfare

(0) Comments | Posted November 17, 2011 | 3:38 PM

Let me start by categorically stating that I firmly consider myself to be left-wing; a Trotskyist in fact. I have consistently supported left-wing causes and continue to do so. However, as in all cases, it is crucial that you look analytically, not just at your opponents, but at yourself. Whilst...

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Blaming the Collective

(0) Comments | Posted November 14, 2011 | 8:17 AM

Some naively claim that racism no longer exists. Others say that racism is tolerable now because it is nowhere near as bad as it used to be. In other words, 'they' should stop moaning because at least 'they' can sit at the front of the bus now.

Of course,...

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The Great Poppy Fiasco

(89) Comments | Posted November 10, 2011 | 5:00 PM

How patriotic are you? If you are unsure, now is the perfect time to make a self-analysis.

Will you be wearing a poppy this year to remember "our boys" who lost their lives serving their country in the numerous wars that have been fought around the globe?

Will...

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The Fallacy of Fear

(0) Comments | Posted October 31, 2011 | 10:07 AM

As outlined at freedictionary.com, fallacy is an "incorrect or misleading notion based on inaccurate facts or invalid reasoning"; in other words, a false representation. In Understanding Power, Noam Chomsky accurately asserts, with regards to fear, that: "Artificial fears are created with a dual purpose...partly to get...

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This Tory Leopard Will Never Change its Spots

(0) Comments | Posted October 25, 2011 | 12:34 PM

Modernisation! Modernisation! Modernisation! This has been the Conservative Party byline since David Cameron won the party's leadership election in 2005. Back in 2007, the Independent's Sophie Goodchild gushed that Cameron had undergone a transformation from "traditional Tory to modernising liberal". Even ConservativeHome, the blogosphere's HQ for all things...

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Is Miliband to be Another Kinnock?

(0) Comments | Posted October 23, 2011 | 7:00 PM

Right from the off, even Ed Miliband's own supporters were referring to him as the "nasal policy wonk". Once in power, he was seen as the guy who coldly defeated his brother David by gaining the influential endorsement of the unions; many hardened Blairites would have preferred his...

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