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Don't Bash the Banks - Abandon Them

(4) Comments | Posted 6 February 2012 | (23:00)

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...

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

(0) Comments | Posted 26 January 2012 | (13:51)

A short sequence of my feature documentary The Rime of the Modern Mariner 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. You can...

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Topshop Boycott: A Sister Act That is Well Overdue

(23) Comments | Posted 8 January 2012 | (23:00)

Two years ago I conducted a film interview with Alexa Chung which I suspect is unique in the thousands she has given, in that every question related to current affairs. Neither Mulberry nor Miu Miu were mentioned.

Alexa was advised against participation by a PR assistant but resisted, broke away...

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Pick & Mix Morality? No Thanks Mr Cameron

(1) Comments | Posted 17 December 2011 | (15:39)

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.

His speech to...

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Who Changed the World in 2011? That's Easy

(1) Comments | Posted 28 November 2011 | (22:15)

Channel 4 News and its savant, cherished anchor Jon Snow threw out a seasonal challenge yesterday: who changed the world in 2011?

It is unclear how public responses - definitely a sprawling salad of the sublime, sentimental, serious and stupid - will be consolidated and presented, but...

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

(0) Comments | Posted 27 October 2011 | (11:45)

In 2011, London Is a metropolis of 60 babies to a pauper's grave , bloated bellies on malnourished, sick children and the greatest absolute and relative poverty of the entire UK and indeed much of Europe. It is also a city of gargantuan wealth,...

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Noam Chomsky Exclusive: Riots, Financial Disaster and UK Media

(5) Comments | Posted 12 October 2011 | (00:00)

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?

During a brief three day visit to Europe and overlooking his hard...

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Trite Riot: An Open Letter to the NME

(4) Comments | Posted 21 August 2011 | (23:24)

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. What follows is an open letter and appeal to Krissi, from a fellow journalist, music lover and NME...

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From Westminster to the World: Farewell to Voodoo Economics?

(0) Comments | Posted 1 August 2011 | (22:32)

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.

In July, an obscure...

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Protester Sentences are Disproportionate and Politicised

(12) Comments | Posted 16 July 2011 | (10:00)

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...

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Hunt's Glass Slipper is Filling with Toxic Toes

(1) Comments | Posted 13 July 2011 | (13:46)

Given the phone-hacking and "blagging" scandal engulfing his department, embattled Culture Secretary Jeremy Hunt might understandably be granted brief artistic respite; perhaps in the form of an elegant white swan gliding majestically across the screen - in an open air operatic performance of Massenet's Cinderella, presented by that...

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