Matt Zarb-Cousin
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Matt Zarb-Cousin writes for Political Scrapbook and is a researcher for the Labour Party. He recently graduated from the University of Birmingham after having his dissertation published in the Lobster Journal. He has also contributed to Progress Magazine.

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Life After Facebook: I've Gone Cold Turkey

Posted 29 August 2011 | 13:51:21 (EST)

Tomorrow it will have been exactly two weeks since I gave up smoking. Since the age of eighteen, I'd smoked at least ten cigarettes a day. I had tried quitting on three separate occasions in the past, and had used patches, gum and even inhalators, but I was kidding myself...

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First Came the Riots, Then the Looting. How our Media Coverage is Distorting the Motives of Protesters

Posted 9 August 2011 | 12:45:53 (EST)

It astonished me yesterday how so little time was dedicated to determining what sparked round two of rioting in London, riots that spread to Birmingham and Bristol. A basic outline of the narrative I was afforded by a number of people was that police tried to stop and search a...

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David Cameron's Rhetoric Will put the Safety of Burglary Victims at Risk

Posted 6 July 2011 | 00:58:22 (EST)

Last week, Ken Clarke outlined the government's intention to "clarify" the existing legal right to use "reasonable force" against intruders. David Cameron also pledged that the new Justice Bill would "put beyond doubt that homeowners and shopkeepers who use reasonable force will not be prosecuted."

It was an...

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