From the daily archives:

Monday, April 2, 2012

#433: 1981, The Human League, Don’t You Want Me

April 2, 2012

I’ve been watching footage of the Falklands War. The names and images, even the sounds are so eerily clear in my memory – Goose Green, Col. H Jones, Brian Hanrahan counting them all back again, Thatcher sending off the troops and people massed on the docks at Southampton and Portsmouth welcoming them back. It seems […]

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Austerity Is Putting Criminals On The Streets (has anyone told the Daily Mail?)

April 2, 2012

It’s true. As a direct consequence of the cuts to the Ministry of Justice budget, prisons are being forced to release prisoners who otherwise would be remanded into custody. Let me elaborate – if someone is accused of committing a criminal offence and pleads not guilty, their case will usually be adjourned pending trial. If […]

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The Snoopers’ Charter: Paging Nick Clegg

April 2, 2012

One of the worst aspects of the Blair/Brown Labour governments was its casual disregard of the most basic civil liberties.   It was perhaps the only area of policy in which there seemed to be some reason for optimism that the formation of the Coalition government would result in an improvement on what went before. The […]

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Mr East Goes To The Movies: The Kid With A Bike

April 2, 2012

In 1959 one of the key films of the French New Wave, Le Quatre Cents Coups, was released. Francois Truffaut’s debut film told the story of a young boy, Antoine Doinel, who neglected by his parents drifts into petty crime.   It is a film which combines a portrait of a de-glamourised Paris of seedy flats […]

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