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Mark Donne

London based writer and film maker

Mark Donne is a London based writer and film maker. He has written regularly for The Guardian and The Independent newspapers and also made short films for the latter. His debut feature length documentary film "The Rime of the Modern Mariner" was released last year to international critical acclaim.

Don't Bash the Banks - Abandon Them

Bob Diamond seems like a discerning man. If anyone knows his Maldives from his Margate and his gastronomy from his Greggs the Baker, Bob is our man. So I feel quite relaxed, even pacified that when as expected this Friday he receives his millions in bonuses, he'll know how to spend them tastefully, but also with panache.
06/02/2012 23:47 GMT

What Do You Get if You Cross China or Thames Water?

A short sequence of my feature documentary <em>The Rime of the Modern Mariner</em> rests on a tiny park in East London from where the British Empire and the world - via the high seas - discovered one another and an early incarnation of globalisation was born and berthed.
27/01/2012 11:04 GMT

Topshop Boycott: A Sister Act That is Well Overdue

It would seem to me, that if one could say that an endemic culture of utter disregard for fairness exists within the highest echelons of Topshop, and that women at home and abroad are disproportionately harmed by this endemic disregard, then women who care should vote with their purses and boycott Topshop with immediate effect.
08/01/2012 23:40 GMT

Pick & Mix Morality? No Thanks Mr Cameron

So there we are. The jingoism of the bulldog in Brussels last week gives way to religious supremacy and moral hectoring in Oxford this. Our prime minister - even by his own high standards - is on a roll of outlandish arrogance and spectacular hypocrisy.
17/12/2011 17:38 GMT

Who Changed the World in 2011? That's Easy

Channel 4 News and its savant, cherished anchor Jon Snow threw out a seasonal challenge <a href="http://twitter.com/#!/jonsnowC4" target="_hplink">yesterday:</a> who changed the world in 2011?
29/11/2011 12:40 GMT

If the 99% are Evicted, it Will be by the 1%

It is not too late for the those all-powerful vested interests to do what they do best; act in their own interests, but this time in a counter intuitive way. The occupation is totally peaceful, safe and overwhelmingly supported by the public; a public that may be slower to forgive wealthy forces punishing young people for highlighting injustice.
27/10/2011 12:45 BST

Noam Chomsky Exclusive: Riots, Financial Disaster and UK Media

As we arrive into the autumn of a socially, politically and economically tumultuous year, who better to take the temperature of where we are than Father of Modern Linguistics, geopolitical guru and intellectual/philosophical titan Professor Noam Chomsky?
11/10/2011 23:47 BST

Trite Riot: An Open Letter to the NME

Just over a week ago in the immediate aftermath of major rioting, NME Editor Krissi Murison produced an article for The Observer, lamenting a lack of political content/youth representation in contemporary music.
22/08/2011 14:47 BST

From Westminster to the World: Farewell to Voodoo Economics?

In these times of pinching pennies, monetary McCarthyism in the public sector and the savage exposure of any "drain" on public finance, it was interesting to see one rather faceless block of tax payers' money hit the stream recently, without very much of a splash.
02/08/2011 11:21 BST

Protester Sentences are Disproportionate and Politicised

I can recall with unpleasant alacrity the first time I was kettled, indeed the first time the tactic was deployed in the UK. On an emotional night in 2001 I looked around Oxford Circus at 3,000 other criminalised individuals, including petrified shoppers and Japanese tourists with no idea what an anti-globalisation demonstration was
16/07/2011 10:58 BST

Hunt's Glass Slipper is Filling with Toxic Toes

In an age of austerity how will the arts be paid for if BP won't? Last night's Trafalgar Square performance was free after all? Those I'm afraid who it really did appear can afford opera tickets should pay for them; the cost of greasing BP's continued abuse of global resources is far, far more expensive. To us all.
13/07/2011 19:51 BST