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Who’s to be in Charge of South Yorkshire’s Disgraced Police?

Here in South Yorkshire, the election to choose a Police and Crime Commissioner is very poignant. Sure, the job title may sound as though they’re commissioning crime as well as police. And sure, such a commish may never have been … Continue reading

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U.S. Election: From the Archives…

Tonight’s the night. Barack Obama’s again the target of those who either don’t think he’s right-wing enough, or don’t think he’s left-wing enough – all the while the Republicans block and scupper his attempts at progressive policies, and the radicals … Continue reading

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What Ed Said: Vol. 9

Tracking the barely-noted progressive arguments put forward by Labour Party leader Ed Miliband. “There will be some people who say this is all too radical, let’s just carry on as we are. I say we can’t carry on as we … Continue reading

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Batman: Making a Killing (part two)

Read part one here. When Warners’ Batman brand was ready for reboot in 2005, things looked relatively promising: director Christopher Nolan was no slouch, and seemed to take the source material seriously enough, while he also brought in a host … Continue reading

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Batman: Making a Killing (part one)

What comic book character has been so enduringly popular as Batman for the last 70 years? After Superman, you’re hard pushed to think of one that comes even close – in almost every major ranking, Batman is right there, second … Continue reading

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All Nice and Rosy in the Olympic Garden

“The idea the world should arrive…and have these wonderful Olympic Games as though everything is nice and rosy in the garden is unthinkable.” Sport, of course, can be divisive. Yet it can also be great for unity. Despite all the … Continue reading

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What Ed Said: Vol. 8

Tracking the barely-noted progressive arguments put forward by Labour Party leader Ed Miliband. “A few years ago the Tories tried to say ‘we’re all in it together’. But now we know they never meant it. Because we have seen what … Continue reading

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Pissing in the Mainstream: The Break-In Project

Jane Watkinson and I have just launched the Break-In Project – a blog and podcast that discusses current political issues in an accessible, realistic, pragmatic way. This approach has never been so important at a time when – as with … Continue reading

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What Ed Said: Vol. 7

Tracking the barely-noted progressive arguments put forward by Labour Party leader Ed Miliband. “To have an effective immigration policy, we must also reform how our economy works so that it works for all working people in Britain, whoever they are … Continue reading

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The Blessing and the Curse: The Rise of Social Media

Noam Chomsky once said, a hammer can be used to help build a house, or smash someone’s skull – and, he suggested, the internet is a similar tool: it can be productive, or destructive. The emergence of various technologies have … Continue reading

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