Towards a Northern Economic Justice campaign?

The North of England, defined as the Yorkshire and the Humber, North East and North West regions, have a lot to complain about. Unlike Wales and Scotland, with whom they share many grievances, they lack any real coherent voice in doing so. Isn’t it time such a voice was developed? (more…)

Wednesday, 26th February 2014 at 19:23 UTC Leave a comment

Pandas, Giraffes and Flooding (oh my?!)

You might wonder what possible link the three parts of my title have. Its pretty simple really: three examples of situations where people – perhaps specifically Westerners – just can’t get their heads around a simple facts of nature. Its time we confronted this head-on, or we’re all going the way of the dinosaurs.

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Sunday, 16th February 2014 at 14:47 UTC 2 comments

Anglicans have some very problematic politics

It’s probably a surprise to no one that members of the Church of England, as a generalised group, tend towards some pretty problematic politics. Whilst official views on LGBT people and Women as potential church leaders are well documented, perhaps our positions on economics is much less well known (update: the Guardian just helpfully published this on Anglican views on benefits).

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Tuesday, 11th February 2014 at 6:00 UTC Leave a comment

Olympic Protests 101

I thought seeing as everyone is getting into the Olympic Protest Spirit, I might do a quick history post. You’d almost think that Sochi was especially protested as Olympiad’s go. So here’s a run down of recent (and not so recent) Olympic Protests.

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Sunday, 9th February 2014 at 12:25 UTC Leave a comment

Voter ID: more chipping away at UK democracy

Whilst looking for details of candidates in the forthcoming European Elections, an article on the Electoral Commission website caught my eye. Its not good news. Anyone who follows American news closely knows that Voter ID laws have proven ruthlessly effective at preventing minority voters from exercising their democratic rights, and it looks like they’re headed for Britain, too.

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Monday, 3rd February 2014 at 6:00 UTC 1 comment

We must ask "Who’s recovery is it?"

Amidst a sea of opportunities, one big danger stands out for the anti-austerity movement: recovery. The media, particularly those close the Tories, will want to shout this word louder and louder as we approach the 2015 General Election. No one can deny the hopefulness in the word – but for most, it is simply a contortion of the truth that will have no effect on them.

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Thursday, 30th January 2014 at 17:58 UTC Leave a comment

The Tower of Babel today

A Scottish Nationalist MSP caused a minor stir lately for writing about the biblical story of the Tower of Babel in a piece about the Scottish Independence debate. Sure, at surface level, its a bizarre connection to make, but perhaps there is a thread of truth somewhere in this connection.

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Friday, 10th January 2014 at 19:57 UTC 1 comment

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