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Where Are Our British Contrarians?

Ali Miraj | Posted 23.11.2014 | UK Politics
Ali Miraj

Too many people in British public life are "shackled by ambition". But there are the few who seek more than short-term career advancement. These are the people of ideas, that challenge, probe, and agitate for change. They are in the business of shaping the future, not of enjoying the comforts of a ministerial Jaguar.

#SpringIsComing: The Evictions of Occupy London Show the Authorities are Scared

Adam Jung | Posted 30.04.2012 | UK Politics
Adam Jung

The City of London police have carried out illegal evictions before in a futile attempt to stem the Occupy movement, but the sinister pre-dawn demolition of the school building shows the government getting more desperate to end the extra-parliamentary movements against forced austerity.

Former St Paul's Official On 'Terrible' Sight As Protesters Evicted From Steps

Huffington Post UK / PA | Posted 28.04.2012 | UK

A former senior figure at St Paul's has attacked the eviction of anti-capitalist protesters from the steps of the cathedral as a "terrible" sight and ...

Occupy Pays Tribute To 'Extraordinary' Protesters After Late-Night Eviction

Huffington Post UK | Michael Rundle | Posted 28.04.2012 | UK

Occupy London's organisers have paid tribute to the evicted protesters at St Paul's Cathedral who "peacefully resisted to the last". The camp which...

'An Embarassment To Atheism': Dawkins Tripped Up By A Priest

Huffington Post UK | Dina Rickman | Posted 14.02.2012 | UK

Richard Dawkins has been labelled an "embarrassment to atheism" after clashing with a priest in a debate on BBC Radio 4. The author of the God Del...

Occupy London: St Paul's Withdraws Threat Of Legal Action, Will 'Re-engage' With Protests

Huffington Post UK | Michael Rundle | Posted 01.01.2012 | UK

St Paul's Cathedral has suspended legal action against the Occupy London Stock Exchange protest camp on its doorstep. In a statement the chapter of...

How the Occupy London Protesters Shook the Church

Jessica Abrahams | Posted 31.12.2011 | UK Politics
Jessica Abrahams

Conor's words reflect a general feeling in the Occupy London camp outside St Paul's cathedral that this is a Church that has lost its way. The protest was never aimed at Christianity; it was intended to challenge the corporate greed of big business but, say the protesters, the cathedral's reaction has highlighted just how pervasive the problem is in our society.

Turbulent Priests and Turbulent News Cycles

Reverend Peter Ould | Posted 27.12.2011 | UK Politics
Reverend Peter Ould

How did we get to this point, where up and down the country people are once again moaning at the mention of the Church of England? What lessons can be learnt from the series of PR gaffes which most people are now acknowledging have been committed by St Paul's and others?

Occupy London: Chancellor Of St Paul's Resigns Over Handling Of Protest

Huffington Post UK | Posted 26.12.2011 | UK

The Cannon Chancellor of St Paul's Cathedral has announced his resignation via Twitter following differences with his colleagues over the handling of ...

Occupy London Stock Exchange Begins, Where will it end?

Jason Reed | Posted 17.12.2011 | UK
Jason Reed

The global Occupy protests are an organic democratic procedure that has been born out of pure frustration for the current political, media and economic climate. It's more than possible that we are in uncharted territory with history giving us no lessons on how this global movement will conclude.

Fairness for all, in an Unfair (Tory) World

Lutfur Rahman | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Politics
Lutfur Rahman

The implications of austerity for residents in boroughs like Tower Hamlets is literally to turn back time. Our youth are the first generation to be poorer than their parents. No longer can families have the expectation of increasing living standards. The welfare state compact that has defined the post war period is being rewritten, and not for the better. The consequences will be greater inequality, with all its accompanying ills.