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Oi, You Pretty Things!

Watching the full 15 minutes that the death of David Bowie was accorded on BBC’s News At Ten it occurred to me that while we all might get our 15 minutes of fame, very few of us will get our

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Dressing To The Right (Again)

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Rubens Has Been Shot (Again)!

I love history – and I love historical monuments. I love the feeling of walking in the footsteps of people hundreds and thousands of years past and the feeling of connection and continuity you get. But the outcry over the

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Posted in Culture, Knowledge, Politics, Power, Religion, Wealth

You’ve Been Framed

I did not watch the video of ISIS burning Moaz al-Kasasbeh alive. It was unnecessary. I’ve got an imagination. I’ve got a sense of empathy. It would not add anything to my understanding of the situation. It would serve nothing but

Posted in Politics, Religion

Liberty, Equality, Fraternity, Hypocrisy

We should all unequivocally condemn the Charlie Hebdo killings as crimes of fascism. That’s what muslim fundamentalists are. That is their ideology. It is visible in their strategy. They should not be placated or made allowances for – ever. But

Posted in Nationalism, Politics, Power, Religion

The Only Church That Illuminates…

For many years it seems us secularists have been too timid in our defence of our liberties. Despite people of no religious views now forming the second largest religious classification in the UK (after the largely nominal followers of the

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Sneaky Old Nigel

Posted in Politics

The Medicalisation Of Resistance

With the bandwagon jumping skills that have got him where he is today, Nick Clegg has used conjunction of the Lib-Dem Conference and World Mental Health Day to announce that the coalition will spend the princely sum of £120 million

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Posted in Health, Inequality, Knowledge, Politics, Power

Will We Ever End This Cycle Of Brutality?

No-one can look at the pictures of David Haines with his baby daughter or at the picture of him grim-faced and kneeling in his orange boiler suit, knowing he will never see his daughter again, never be there to comfort

Posted in Nationalism, Politics, Power, Religion

Will You Salute The Curtains Or The Tablecloth?

While Scottish Independence is largely a matter for the Scottish people that’s not to say I don’t have a view – even if it is one of considered indifference. While Conservatives are at once both horrified at the break up of

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Posted in Class, Nationalism, Politics, Power