Monthly Archives: January 2014

You And Whose Army?

There is currently a petition doing the rounds on the internet supporting three Spurs supporters who are due in court, apparently accused of using the word “yid” in the terraces. The petition calls on all “true yiddos and yidettes” and indeed all

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Still Looking For The Dribble-Down Effect

Transfer time again and we get the chance to hear about the lucrative contracts of top flight footballers. This carnival of greed feeds on the clubs’ desperation to stay in the top division as inequality in the distribution of footballing

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Health & Safety Gone Mad!

We often hear about “health and safety gone mad”. Whether it’s politicians looking for an excuse not to do something, newspapers seeking a shock headline or comedians looking for a cheap laugh, health and safety is an easy target. I

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Sale Of NHS Data: Invasion Of Privacy & Conflict Of Interests

From March 2014 drug companies, insurance companies and god-knows who else will be able to buy patient information gathered by the NHS, including mental health conditions and diseases such as cancer, as well as smoking and drinking habits. Obviously private

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Another Example Of Transferable Capital

Oxfam report that richest 85 people own as much as the poorest 3.5 billion combined! Click here for the full story.  

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Fuck My Old Boots: Swearing, Censorship and Control

Like many working class people I swear quite a lot. A linguist might say that it has become part of my idiolect. The same could be said of my family and friends (or some of them at least). I don’t

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Rationality Vs Religion

On the question of rationality versus religion, I am unequivocally on the side of rationality – but not the faux rationality that denies the experience of being human, reduces us to machines and mocks all it does not understand, just

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A Growing And Living Culture

Recently there’s been a lot of talk about English culture and how it needs to be defended. There are many things I love about the country of my birth – and just as many that I’d like to change. That’s

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I stole this…

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Medical Research: More Concerns Over Conflicts Of Interest

It seems that concern over conflicts of interest in medical research is now spilling over to MPs and the BMJ. “The fact that the majority of clinical trials are funded by the people that make and sell the drugs is

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