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Mark Perryman is the author of the newly published Why The Olympics Aren't Good For Us, And How They Can Be. He is a research fellow in sport and leisure culture at the Chelsea School, University of Brighton and co-founder of Philosophy Football.

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For Those Not in Favour

(0) Comments | Posted 19 March 2014 | (09:44)

When the Con-Dems ushered in the bright shiny new era of coalition politics with a tripling of student tuition fees the wave of anger this provoked seemed to suggest a popular opposition would be an enduring feature of this government's term in office. Prominent student leader Clare Solomon described...

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Did You Dig Deep in '84?

(0) Comments | Posted 27 February 2014 | (08:39)

Do you remember1984-85? Digging deeper for the miners. Frankie Goes to Hollywood at number one. Everton win the league championship. And a medium-sized t-shirt was ample big enough. For those whose principles have endured the test of time it all seems just like yesterday and Tony Blair only a bad...

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New Year Sport Revolutions

(0) Comments | Posted 29 December 2013 | (04:49)

One Understand London 2012 as a magnificent spectacle. With the same applying to all other mega-event sports, in 2014 we will have the Winter Olympics, World Cup and Commonwealth Games. Volume Two of the Handbook of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games provides the most authoritative account available...

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Presents Tense

(0) Comments | Posted 14 December 2013 | (05:56)

A guide for books to give the Lefty in your life this Christmas:

A superb read therefore over the 12 days of Christmas would be the poetry collection compiled by Carol Ann Duffy 1914 Poetry Remembers, moving and thought-provoking from the War Poets and today's verse-writers too. An equally...

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Books for a Season of Rain and Grey Skies

(0) Comments | Posted 26 November 2013 | (05:52)

It was three decades ago, in 1983, that Garry Whannel wrote the pioneering book Blowing the Whistle: The Politics of Sport. He summed up what was then a prevailing attitude and is still largely the same 30 years on today . " Sport is marked down as a natural, taken-for-granted...

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Books for an Autumn of Inspiration

(0) Comments | Posted 31 October 2013 | (18:02)

Looking out across the terrain of mainstream politics, here are some books to provide dreams of a better tomorrow.


The Village against the World by Dan Hancox is a primer for any vision of hope. Utopian? No, rather it is rooted in the lived experience of...

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Making the Case for a Progressive Common Sense

(0) Comments | Posted 27 September 2013 | (14:51)

As the Party Conference season draws to a close the disconnect between the politics of the Westminster bubble and the rest of us couldn't be more obvious. Persons in suits, mostly men, addressing other persons in suits, mostly men, given huge chunks of airtime while their party membership figures...

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Ten Books for a Second Summer of Sport

(0) Comments | Posted 20 August 2013 | (05:31)

Capitalism and Sport

Edited by Michael Lavalette Capitalism and Sport has an oppositional approach to the business of sport. The tone is angry yet never fails to be appreciative of the sports the authors clearly hugely enjoy despite their opposition to the economic structure that frames...

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Red Hot Top 10 Summer Political Reading

(1) Comments | Posted 12 August 2013 | (17:01)

The silly season? For the Westminster bubble it would be hard to identify a month in the year when 'silly' isn't too soft an epithet to describe what most MPs get up to, supposedly on our behalf. But with Parliament in recess the commentariat like to spread the idea that...

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Va-Va Froome

(0) Comments | Posted 22 July 2013 | (13:30)

A British encore in the Tour de France. Not even a sniff of winning the yellow jersey for 99 years, now we have two in quick succession.

A number of writers are already suggesting that alongside Murray, the Lions, Justin Rose and a 2-0 lead in the Ashes...

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All Our Sporting Summers Rolled Into One

(0) Comments | Posted 9 July 2013 | (08:51)

" The imagined community of millions seems more real as a team of eleven named people" Eric Hobsbawm

Eric Hobsbawm's acute observation concerning the impact of sport on national identity has been carted out so often that it is in danger of descending into becoming a cliché. Yet its...

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How Does 2012's Team GB Golden Glow Look One Year On?

(1) Comments | Posted 25 June 2013 | (10:21)

Many believe that London's 2005 bid to host the Olympics bid was given the edge over the favourite, Paris, by Seb Coe's passionate promotion of London as a multicultural city, a home to the world. As the bid presentation ended in Singapore Seb introduced on stage thirty youngsters " Each...

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The Democracy of Cycling

(0) Comments | Posted 19 June 2013 | (19:25)

"Every time I see an adult on a bicycle, I no longer despair for the future of the human race." HG Wells

My weekend early ride takes me up Sussex's Ditchling Beacon. Sad I know but kitted out in my London 2012 Team GB replica cycling jersey I am...

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The Spirit of '43

(0) Comments | Posted 14 May 2013 | (10:08)

Ken Loach's recent film Spirit of 45 brilliantly celebrates the triumphant mood that delivered a Labour Landslide election victory at the end of World War Two and the establishment of both the Welfare State and nationalised public utilities. What is made less obvious was the essential anti-fascist character...

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Kick, Run and Think Books

(0) Comments | Posted 23 April 2013 | (11:50)

In England there's no sportswriter quite like Dave Zirin. He writes about sport from the Left with such passion and style that readers will never spot the join. An American, the bias is unsurprisingly towards baseball, basketball and their own bastardised version of 'football', yet both the issues raised and...

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Spring Books Into Action

(1) Comments | Posted 20 April 2013 | (00:00)

As the Thatcher funeral hoopla fades away and the focus shifts to the likely rout of the Con-Dems in the 2 May local elections the political landscape outside the Westminster bubble in the next few months is likely to be further shaped by the deepening impact of the cuts.

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They Thought It Was All Over

(1) Comments | Posted 19 March 2013 | (09:42)

Never mind the debate over the dodgy third goal in '66, was it or wasn't it over the line. The most famous piece of commentary in English footballing history 'some people are on the pitch, they think it's all over, it is now' proves definitively England's fourth goal against Germany...

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England Should Play a Game of Low Expectations

(2) Comments | Posted 5 February 2013 | (07:29)

England vs Brazil, friendly or no friendly, is a tasty international fixture to mark the start of the Football Association's 150th birthday celebrations. However the other home opponents lined up so far, the Republic of Ireland last qualified for a World Cup in 2002, and at Euro 2012 failed to...

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Why Stalingrad Matters Today

(33) Comments | Posted 1 February 2013 | (23:00)

Seventy years ago (2 February 1943) is the date of the Red Army victory at Stalingrad. From the moment of near-certain defeat the previous year the siege of the city, Hitler's gateway to success on the Eastern Front, had been turned into an encirclement of the German forces and their...

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Books for New Year Revolutions

(0) Comments | Posted 24 January 2013 | (09:00)

I have an old lefty badge somewhere 'Books are Weapons'. Of course reading alone is never enough, did someone mention the point however is to change it? But we live in an era of unprecedented austerity, the urgent challenge that the threat of Climate Change should be posing almost all...

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