The Petition on Hanging shows how the Right’s Willingness to Fail allows it to Succeed

I read with some delight that the petition lodged by scurrilous hate-monger Paul Staines to have a debate in Parliament to ‘bring back hanging’ is set to be struck off. That’s obviously good news. Even in the blood-thirsty USA the death penalty is becoming less popular by the year. You may remember that this petition [...]

Time to move your money

Clare Coatman Many or most of us make choices based on ethical concerns every day – whether it’s avoiding brands linked to sweat shops or opting for fairtrade coffee; but we don’t always apply this principle to where we bank and therefore what our money is used for. A new campaign is launching today: Move [...]

Occupy Belfast create ‘The People’s Bank’

Royal Avenue, Belfast’s main city centre thoroughfare, mixes classic architecture with more obviously new arrivals. On the corner of Royal Avenue and North Street lies a grand, art deco building that used to house a branch of the Bank of Ireland and the (long-gone) Belfast Stock Exchange. Having laid silent and bare for over a [...]

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo – review

Warning contains spoilers Steig Larsson’s Millennium Trilogy raised the bar for crime writers the world over. Part thriller, part noir and highly political, it gave us two enduring characters who stepped away from the page and became almost three dimensional. The first is Larsson’s alter ego Michael Blomkvist. Larsson was a left-wing activist, journalist, the [...]

News: Disabled people block Oxford Circus to protest

Oxford Circus was completely blocked today as a group of people from Disabled People Against Cuts, Disabled People’s Direct Action Network and UK Uncut came together to protest against the government’s Welfare Reform Bill. At 12 o’clock, a group of 15 wheelchair users chained themselves together in the middle of Regent Street using handcuffs, causing [...]

Colombia, fuck yeah!

Pictures from an embedded photographer on the frontline of the war on drugs show just how futile it is.

Time to take Britain out of our greatness

This guest post from Anthony Barnett was first on Our Kingdom Alex Salmond’s Hugo Young lecture, delivered yesterday evening in King’s Place, the Guardian’s headquarters, was an enjoyable affair. It was also, thanks to Tory policy and IPPR’s research, a potentially important moment – a turning point, even, in what can legitimately be called ‘this [...]

Is there for honest poverty? – happy Burns’ night

- Sheena Wellington sings at the reconvening of the Scottish Parliament in 1999. “The Scottish Parliament, which adjourned on March 25, 1707, is hereby reconvened” Is there for honest Poverty That hings his head, an’ a’ that; The coward slave-we pass him by, We dare be poor for a’ that! For a’ that, an’ a’ [...]

Scottish Independence: the no campaign and how to deal with it

It is becoming clear what the strategy of the ‘no’ to independence campaign will be: confusion. So far, we’ve had a few opening shots: lines which the UK nationalists presumably hope will ricochet down the next couple of years: what will currency be? What about the Scottish army? Even, ‘who will own Rockall‘? OK, maybe [...]

The bill is gone but the fight is on

We need to step up our game on the White Paper; the government is no longer going to do the work of defeating it for us. They were about to put its proposed regressive changes to higher education into the cold light of day where it stood a fair chance of withering and dying. We [...]

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