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This Week in History: End of the British General Strike, 13 May 1926

It is 91 years to the day since Britain came as close as it ever has to a proletarian revolution. From the 3-13 May 1926, the general strike called by the Trade Union Congress (TUC) in sympathy with striking miners saw the open confrontation of class interests, with de facto dual power operating across much […]

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Wealth disparity can only be solved with radical action

The word ‘equality’ has for many of the most vocal political movements, particularly those associated with students, recently become something of a reverse-Shibboleth. To pronounce it, to demand it, to invoke the proud legacy of this sublime idea, is to reveal your ignorance. What must instead be demanded is equity; equality is not, it would […]

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Could class liberation officers tackle discrimination at university?

Indignities abound at  Russell Group universities for those of us with the misfortune of having been born into a family with no inherited wealth, those of us whose background is decidedly C2DE in the NRS Social Grade – the crude system used by government apparatchiks and ruthless marketers to classify the population socioeconomically. We face […]

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How much of a threat are opaque trade deals?

After a rousing speech to the parliament of the Belgian federal region of Wallonia, in which he declared his opposition to the comprehensive economic and trade agreement (CETA) between the EU and Canada, Paul Magnette was fêted across Europe as a valiant democrat. Leading his region into opposition to the treaty earned Wallonia countless international […]

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Ignoring Russian voices is an obstacle to peace in Syria

Although much satirised and reviled, The Guardian’s Opinion section last week trumped itself by gaining the curious accolade of playing host to a defence of war. The publication’s decision to publish an article by Russia’s Ambassador to the UK, Alexander Yakovenko, in which he defended Russia’s intervention in Syria, was almost immediately lambasted by commentator […]

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We must not turn a blind eye to the homelessness crisis

In these tempestuous days of political friction, with an indignant and bellicose Scotland never far from UK newscasters’ agendas, it is all too easy to buy in to the SNP’s slickly marketed image of the country. Like all effective myths, the notion that Scotland is a nation more open, tolerant, and progressive than its neighbours […]

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Cleese reverts to offensive, classist and fawlty stereotypes

Another day goes by and another death knell sounds for the increasingly fragile unionist cause. This time it comes in the form of John Cleese’s response to Fraser Nelson’s appointment as editor of The Spectator. Despite the most recognisably Scottish thing about Nelson being his first name, he is still, according to John Cleese, “a […]

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Man Booker Prize Shortlist: Eileen

Born off the back of a desire to rake in the dollar, as Moshfegh candidly admits in an interview with The Guardian, Eileen tells the tale of a lovelorn misfit trapped in suburban New England, imprisoned by the demands of an increasingly erratic and alcoholic father. The sense of suffocation this breeds is compounded by […]