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James is a political blogger at jfgelliott.com and contributes to Huffington Post. James has also written for Left Foot Forward and the US magazine CounterPunch. You can follow him on Twitter @JFG_Elliott

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Selling Off the Loan Book Would Be the Government's Most Outrageous Attack on Students, So Why Aren't the NUS More Concerned?

(0) Comments | Posted 12 November 2013 | (11:17)

What could be more outrageous than the undemocratic trebling of tuition fees, or the fundamentally anti-working class policy of scrapping EMA, denying thousands of poorer students their chance at further and higher education? After the attacks on FEs, raising fees for adult learners and axing half a million places, where...

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The Tories Have Long Been a Toxic Brand, and Attempts to Move Them Leftwards Are Signs of a Labour Consensus-Building Victory

(0) Comments | Posted 1 October 2013 | (16:13)

What's hugely unpopular among voters, mostly funded by City banks, and hasn't won an election in twenty-one years? It's the Tories of course, and no amount of polishing the proverbial excrement that is the Conservative party will prevent millions of Britons from seeing them that way. After all, 42% of...

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Why a US Attack on Syria Would Have Little to Do With Chemical Weapons or Saving Lives

(1) Comments | Posted 19 September 2013 | (18:07)

"I am strongly in favour of using poisoned gas against uncivilised tribes to spread a lively terror." History does not care to tell us whether or not Winston Churchill got his wish and gassed the Kurds, advocating the use of chemical weapons against civilians almost a hundred years...

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Moralising Instead of Analysing in the Debate on Britain's Imperial Relics Could Increase Colonialism in the Present

(1) Comments | Posted 14 August 2013 | (13:23)

Last week when riots broke out over a republican parade in Northern Ireland, the oldest and closest relic of Britain's empire, historically-based analysis descended into cheap moralising over violence. Loyalist protestors injured 56 police officers, and Northern Ireland's Chief Constable denounced it as 'mindless anarchy' whilst Northern Ireland Secretary Theresa...

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Paying £25 to See Your Doctor Is Cruel, But It's a Definite Possibility Under a Tory-Liberal Government Determined to Undermine Public Services

(4) Comments | Posted 28 July 2013 | (15:45)

Nye Bevan has been rolling in his grave so much this year I doubt he can remember whether he's facing up or down. After NHS privatisation was finally sealed in April, the principal of free and publicly accountable universal healthcare is being further undermined by talk of GPs...

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The 'Arms for Dictators' Scandal Isn't New - It Is Cross-Party, Well-Established and Has Been Going on for Too Long

(0) Comments | Posted 17 July 2013 | (21:36)

The fringe issue of arms export criteria became headline news today, with the Independent's splash on an 'arms for dictators' scandal. A parliamentary report by the Committees on Arms Export Controls raised a few eyebrows, but the embarrassment of the government approving arms sales to 25 out of...

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Why Is Liam Byrne So Keen to Out-Do the Tories' Social Security Cuts That Already Target the Disabled the Hardest?

(3) Comments | Posted 17 July 2013 | (13:39)

It is well known these cuts have been savage, unfair, and that they seriously affect the disabled. But what if they actually targeted the disabled, hitting them the hardest, piling all the harshest cuts on the services that are actually the most vital?

Many will have seen Amnesty International's condemnation...

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Dying for a Pair of Jeans

(1) Comments | Posted 16 July 2013 | (18:28)

Originally posted on New Left Project: http://www.newleftproject.org

What are you wearing right now? Is it a pair of blue jeans? If it is, then it's more than likely they were made in the Guangdong province of China, where over half the world's denim is produced. If they're sandblasted, then someone...

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As Syrian Intervention Looms, Can We Trust David Cameron on Foreign Policy?

(0) Comments | Posted 27 June 2013 | (18:58)

The members of the 'Euston Left', journalists such as Nick Cohen and David Aaronovitch, the French philosopher Bernard Henri Levy and the ubiquitous neoconservative and former deputy to Donald Rumsfeld, Paul Wolfowitz, have vociferously made the case in the last few months for a 'Western intervention' in the Syrian civil...

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Even If Cameron Loses the Next Election - The Tories Have Served Their Class Well

(0) Comments | Posted 23 June 2013 | (10:40)

A check of the British opinion polls this week showed Labour nine points ahead of the Conservatives, still on course to win a 96 seat majority in 2015 and bring the Tory-Lib Dem coalition, and its plethora of savage austerity cuts, to a timely end.

Although prime minister David...

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Harman's Move on Murdoch Looks Like Partisanship - But it's a Democratic Necessity

(1) Comments | Posted 14 June 2013 | (16:22)

If there is one phrase likely to startle even the most passive of armchair commentators on the liberal-left, it's 'media reform'. 'What do you mean, intervene in our free press?' they all cry.

Just take the reactions to the Leveson report. Accepted, the recommendations were heavy-handed and the legislation...

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Some Eyes Swivel to the Left

(2) Comments | Posted 1 June 2013 | (15:15)

The Conservative party looks ready to split. The modernising 'Cameroons' and Europhiles have been drifting apart from the Europhobic and traditionalist right of the party for some time. This backbench rump has now earned itself a name: 'Swivel-eyed loons'. Since Lord Feldman's comments debate has engulfed the Tories on whether...

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Cameron's Mask of Anarchy Is Slipping, But Can the Men and Women of England Reclaim Their Lost Liberty?

(4) Comments | Posted 22 May 2013 | (13:34)

"Men of England, wherefore plough / For the lords who lay ye low? / Wherefore weave with toil and care / The rich robes your tyrants wear?" In the year 1819 When Percy Bysshe Shelley wrote 'Song to the Men of England' just 5% of the population had the vote...

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Ukip Are the British Tea Party: Comical Reactionaries Who Mask the Real Public Danger That Comes From 'Liberal' Conservatism.

(1) Comments | Posted 15 May 2013 | (21:18)

The recent debate around Ukip has been about whether they are a party of 'clowns', a serious threat to the Tories, or both. This misses the real issue: Ukip are a British Tea Party that sanitise the right-wing government already running the country.

Ever since Lehmann Brothers collapsed in 2008...

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Ignoring the Torture of Our Own Citizens Demonstrates How Far Britain Is Willing to Go to Preserve Its Cost Relationship With Brutal Gulf Dictatorships

(0) Comments | Posted 2 May 2013 | (20:04)

The British government recently sat down with torturers and did business. Sound familiar? Of course it does. Yet this time, the tortured victims of Sheikh Khalifa's dictatorship in the United Arab Emirates were not political dissidents,

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Formula for Disaster

(0) Comments | Posted 1 May 2013 | (19:01)

'What human rights? - I don't know what they are.' Bernie Ecclestone could hardly have made a worse case for himself, but those were the words he chose to defend his decision to hold the Formula 1 in Bahrain this Sunday, flying in the face of trenchant criticism...

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