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Johnson’s litany of failures

December saw the conclusion of Richard Ratcliffe’s 21-day hunger strike, camped outside Parliament to protest the continued detention of his wife, Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe, in Iran. A barely disguised hostage situation which the British government has done pathetically little to resolve, especially given that the current Prime Minister is largely responsible for her continuing imprisonment. A […]

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Online work is the future: let’s follow Portugal’s example

Earlier this month, the Portuguese Parliament approved a law creating new protections for remote workers. Companies can now face fines if they contact employees outside of normal working hours, and they cannot monitor their employees while they work from home. In addition, companies must contribute to expenses incurred by the switch to remote work, including […]

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Recycling doesn’t work – so says Johnson

Recycling doesn’t work, according to Boris Johnson. Well, at least not the recycling of plastic. And to be honest, with every day that passes, I understand our Prime Minister less and less.  Johnson has called recycling a “red herring”, claiming that it does nothing as you can only recycle plastic twice. At least part of […]

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The Cummings interview: an intro to bullshit

The Cumming’s interview was going to be like the next marvel superhero blockbuster but for boring people. Think less ‘Captain America beating up nazis’ and more ‘sad creepy old man whines for an hour’. Much like any highly anticipated release it turned out to be significantly underwhelming. It was simply Cummings giving us a clearly […]

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No justice, no peace process

Carol Ann Kelly was murdered forty years ago in Northern Ireland. But she wasn’t killed by a paramilitary gunman from either side of the aisle, unionist or republican. She was instead killed by an arm of the British state when, at twelve years old, she was pelted in the back of the head with rubber […]

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England’s lockdown to be eased on 12 April as planned

The Prime Minister has tonight set out the government’s latest Covid-19 update.  Despite announcing that lockdown restrictions in England are to ease further from the 12 April, the Prime Minister cautioned the UK population not to “be complacent” – a message that remains at the heart of the government briefings.  England will be entering step […]

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Our media has shown a gross dereliction of duty

Our media is broken. The thing in society that is supposed to hold those in power to account, now needs to be held to account itself. The High Court recently found that Matt Hancock acted unlawfully by deliberately covering up lucrative COVID contracts for his associates without the necessary credentials. But the media gave this […]

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Scottish Independence looms: Rather than dither and delay, Johnson must radically change his approach.

Oliver Lewis quitting from the ‘Union Unit’ over a week ago with less than two weeks in the job is frankly the least of Boris Johnson’s difficulties. Johnson is perhaps too keenly aware of the wider issue at hand: more than twice as many Britons think Scotland will be independent in 10 years than think […]