Paralympic ceremony performers join disabled activists and UK Uncut to target Atos HQ in London

Today Disabled People Against Cuts (DPAC) and UK Uncut will pile pressure on the controversial Paralympics sponsor Atos. Over 700 hundred protesters from across the UK are expected to descend on Atos’ headquarters in London to confront the company about their controversial Work Capability Assessments (WCA) which are destroying the lives of sick and disabled […]

When the government attacks London Met, you can’t ignore race

There are more black students at London Metropolitan University than at all of the Russell Group universities combined. In 2010, one in eight of UK born black students went to just two universities – one of them was London Met (the University of East London). I mention this because, this week, London Met has had […]

Are the strikes in South Africa good for platinum producers?

As the dispute continues in Marikana, and appears, if anything, to be spreading to both other platinum mines and to more and more workers at Lonmin, perhaps it’s worth taking a step back from the immediate actions and considering the broader economic effect of the strikes. Before we do, however, a brief overview of the […]

Success for Campaign Against Letting Agency Fees

The Scottish Government have announced that they will clarify the existing laws against letting agency fees, confirming that the fees which many tenants are forced to pay for referencing, credit checks, inventories, or unspecified admin costs, are in fact illegal. Although the Rents (Scotland) Act 1984 states that landlords and letting agents may not charge […]

Comprehending crime: understanding Utøya

“Society needs to condemn a little more and understand a little less.” So said John Major. It is possibly the best ever summary of the right’s intentionally ignorant approach to criminal justice. It is this burning desire not to get our heads round the actions of those we hate which ensures that they continue to […]

Treasury blames coalition tax cuts for deficit increase

Today the government announced that instead of reporting an expected £2.5bn budget surplus, it is instead facing a £557m budget deficit. This news won’t come as much of a surprise to anti-cuts campaigners and academics who have long argued that the governments’ austerity policies are massively counterproductive. What is surprising is that in their official […]

Innocent or guilty, if Assange’s rights aren’t upheld then neither are ours

Julian Assange’s accusers have the right to see their complaints of rape and sexual assault properly investigated. Meanwhile Assange has the right to a fair trial, and protection from the threat of an American military tribunal.

A truth that’s told with bad intent: Ecuador’s government quells dissent

Joe Cape is a web designer thanks largely to the Acción Creativa collective based in Quito. He has been telling people more than they think they wish to know about Ecuador since 2007. He can be tweeted at @mihuasi. Since Wikileaks founder Julian Assange claimed asylum in the Ecuadorian embassy in London in June, the […]

A Future for the Graduate without a Future

Luke Martell The ‘graduate without a future’i is part of a wider precariat, poorer and with less life chances than their parents. The affluence and welfare state that benefited cohorts post-1945 is being replaced by unemployment and the reduction and marketisation of public services. But in their involuntary free time some of the graduates make […]

Green leadership candidates breached election rules

The Returning Officer of the Green Party has ruled that two of the candidates for party leader, and two of the candidates for deputy, have breached election rules. The four candidates out of a total of eight candidates sent a joint mailing to party members. However, most of these leaflets failed to make clear that […]

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