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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

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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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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The Welfare State?

The State wishes it to be known that although it clearly couldn’t give a monkeys about working class kids being abused, it will launch a man-hunt should loving parents disagree with medical opinion. At a time when many of those

Posted in Health, Knowledge, Power

Of Gove and Gramsci: A Battle for Hearts and Minds

Of Gove and Gramsci: A Battle for Hearts and Minds. An excellent article from the Norwich Radical.

Posted in Class, Culture, Knowledge, Politics, Power

D-Day – And Every Day

In the 1930s and 40s our fathers and grandfathers fought fascism on the streets of London – and then went off to fight it overseas. Most of them didn’t like to talk about it much. They wanted the country to

Posted in Nationalism, Politics, Power, Remembrance

In Praise Of Health & Safety

As far as I’m concerned we should ban umbrellas for anyone who can’t carry them higher than 6ft from the ground! Yeah, you might not want to get wet – but I don’t want to lose an eye. It’s not just the

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