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Mass Workfare Begins Next Monday ... Or Does It?

With less than one week to go until the launch date of the DWP’s woefully misnamed ‘Help To Work’ and details of the programme are still shrouded in secrecy. 490 more words


UKIP Just Isn't Racist

When the Tea Party emerged in the US, it posed a threat to the political establishment. Not because it stood a ‘whelk’s chance in a supernova’ of winning control the White House, despite the partiality of much of the American public to underfunded public services and rabid social conservatism, but because it could damage the authority and standing of the existing parties. 793 more words

Obama Lauds Garcia Marquez, But Shares Little of His Worldview

“The world has lost one of its greatest visionary writers—and one of my favorites from the time I was young. A representative voice for the people of the Americas.” – Barack H. 685 more words

International News

The illusion of Britishness (18 November 2006)

article I wrote seven years ago about Jack Straw shitstirring around cultural identity. much of it still relevant though migraphobiaantipolitcs and the war on protest… 1,840 more words


Professionalisation of Politics - Labour sign Axelrod

Labour have engaged Bill Clinton’s old political consultant David Axelrod on a six figure salary to be their strategic adviser. Good grief! Just what they need. 1,273 more words


Article: Reducing the Difference between Citizens and Consumers

Here’s an early article (from 2007) on Ofcom’s and New Labour’s strategic use of discourse in media regulation: ‘Reducing the Difference between Citizens and Consumers: A Critical Discourse Analysis of the Communications White Paper 2000′, … 140 more words

Media Regulation

Why Falling Unemployment Can Be Bad News For Everyone

More people are in work than ever before claim the DWP triumphantly as the unemployment figures show another huge rise in self-employment.  Whether these people are making any money, or whether they are pensioners with an ebay hobby, does not seem to matter as the Tories attempt to spin that Iain Duncan Smith’s welfare reforms are working. 544 more words

Welfare Reform