How I Got My Tenancy Fees Back

Euan Kidston explains how he followed the EPTAG guide to getting your illegal tenancy charges back, and won! On the 22nd of February this year, I wrote a letter to my letting agency and sent it by recorded delivery. It had come to my attention that it was illegal for letting agencies to charge anything [...]

Edinburgh stores occupied to oppose workfare schemes

Demonstrators in Edinburgh took direct action on the 31st March Britain-wide day of action against workfare.    Protestors occupied British Heart Foundation for an hour then invaded Poundstretcher – both heavily involved in the government’s compulsory “work-for-your-benefits” schemes. Marching into the British Heart Foundation’s large furniture store in Leith, demonstrators set up camp within the shop, displaying giant banners denouncing [...]

1892 And All That

This week, the exclusive Kate Kennedy Club at St Andrews University have announced that from next year they will be accepting membership applications from women. Until now, the Club’s membership has comprised of 35 young men, mainly from very privileged backgrounds, who organise an annual procession, and a ball at the start and end of [...]

Fortnum and Mason trial C – Not Guilty

What a wonderful final scene of the first act of this farce. When the CPS chose to prosecute only 30 of the 145 people arrested in Fortnum and Mason’s on the 26th of June, we laughed at the arbitrary criteria on which we were chosen. The judge then recognised that we couldn’t all fit into [...]

Hundreds join UK Uncut’s Downing Street Dole Queue to tell George Osborne that ‘Austerity Isn’t Working’

Nearly 400 UK Uncut protestors gathered to form a ‘dole queue‘ outside Downing St today to highlight soaring unemployment under the government’s austerity programme. Unemployed people from across London came together with members of the anti-austerity direct action group UK Uncut to recreate the Tories’ iconic 1979 election poster featuring a queue of jobseekers snaking [...]

UK Uncut to form ‘dole queue’ outside Downing Street to highlight soaring unemployment

Hundreds of people will gather to form a ‘dole queue’ outside Downing St at 11am on Budget Day, Wed 21st March to highlight soaring unemployment under the government’s austerity programme. The jobless total is at a 17-year high of 2.67m, with female unemployment at a 25 year high. Youth unemployment stands at 1.04m, a rate [...]

Fortnum and Mason trial B: the farce rolls on

Westminster Magistrates Court, 12 March, 2012: Fortnum and Mason trial B. You can read my write up of ‘trial A’ from November. By the time I arrived at the Westminster Magistrates Court this morning, the judge had finally worked out what the charge before him was. Which helps move things along, I suppose. I am [...]

Starmer Drama: DPP’s Today programme announcement shows that the CPS are not even following their bizarre new guidelines

By one of the Fortnum & Mason arrestees These days, I’m all too used to being woken up by the sound of my own voice shouting at the radio. This particular Tuesday morning, I discovered that my semi-conscious yells were being directed at Keir Starmer, the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP), on the Today Programme [...]

The real silent majority

NUS conference is coming up. Motions are being; drafted, circulated, proposed and seconded all the across the country. However, soon many of these excellent motions will fall foul of the loud cries of the representatives of the “silent majority”. Any successful articulation and clear win in a debate by the left in The NUS and [...]

Not Guilty: Bauer bridge protest case collapses

The case against Edd Bauer, Simon Furse, and Daniel Lindley – the student activists accused of traffic offenses after a banner drop – collapsed in court today. Bauer had spent more than a week on remand in Birmingham prison after being arrested for hanging a banner off a bridge during the Liberal Democrat conference in [...]

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