From the daily archives:

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Why David Cameron Is Wrong On Knives

May 13, 2014

On Sunday Jackie South wrote a post supporting David Cameron’s position on sentencing on knife crime: that a second conviction for an offence involving knives should automatically result in a prison sentence  This post puts the alternative case. Nick Clegg has publicly opposed the proposal and bragged about how he has used his veto in […]

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#896: 1954, Elvis Presley, Good Rockin’ Tonight

May 13, 2014

About time for something from the King, I think.    Good Rockin’ Tonight, his second single for Sun Records, is I think the moment that Presley announced himself musically on the world as something far more exciting than anything that had gone before, even if it would take his major label debut (and Songs To Learn […]

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John Smith and The Death of Social Democracy

May 13, 2014

Yesterday marked the 20th anniversary of the tragic death of John Smith, the last Labour leader to be unequivocally committed to a society based on social democratic principles rather that those of marketisation and neo-liberalism. Like the Supreme Court’s decision in Bush v Gore in 2000, it is one of those great contingent moments of […]

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Cine-East Film Club Presents #46: 1936, Sabotage (Alfred Hitchcock)

May 13, 2014

When I first came to live in London in the late 1980s, the threat of terrorism was ever present.   The IRA campaign remained active and it seemed barely a week went past without mainline train stations in London being closed because of bomb scares.   Occasionally in the late 1980s and early 1990s there were actual […]

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12 Months to the General Election: The State of the Parties #1 Labour

May 13, 2014

It is, as I mentioned in a recent post, only 12 months before we will have a general election and over the next week or so, I’m going to be having a look at the state of the parties a year before that date, and assess what they might have to do to improve their […]

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