Is Question Time’s audience producer really a fascist?


A freak Twitter storm engulfed Question Time’s audience producer last week. Alison Fuller Pedley, who picks the BBC panel show’s audience, received a hail of attacks and condemnations. By Tuesday, she had removed her Facebook profile and deleted both Twitter accounts. Continue reading


Boris Johnson wrote three Telegraph columns praising EU freedom of movement


Boris Johnson wrote three Telegraph columns praising EU freedom of movement – calling it a “noble” idea, a “good thing” and one of Europe’s “benefits”.

The articles, published between 2003 and 2005, show that the Foreign Secretary has long championed the EU’s founding “four freedoms” – of people, services, goods and capital. Continue reading

State-sponsored terror: British arms to Mexico increase 6,000% in nine months


Britain has stepped up arms exports to one of the worst human rights abusers on the American continent, figures reveal.

Since 2006, Mexico has engaged in a brutal “dirty war” against its people, killing 120,000, disappearing over 23,000, and displacing as many as 1.6 million. Yet in 2015, British arms sales to the country skyrocketed.
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“Unprecedented yes, unpredictable no”: Friends of the Earth’s Guy Shrubsole on floods, austerity and climate change

As London prepares for particularly intense climate change, councils elsewhere no longer even have to produce adaptation plans. As Friends of the Earth’s leading floods campaigner Guy Shrubsole puts it, we seem to be “gold-plating our defences here and allowing the rest of the country to effectively just go swim.” And that’s only the beginning. Guy recently wrote for openDemocracy on what’s gone wrong with government policy on flood defences, and what needs to change. On Wednesday, I joined him in FoE’s offices to hear more.

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Kill The Bill! Housing protesters on why they’re taking to the streets

The Government’s Housing and Planning Bill, now passing through Parliament, will exacerbate the UK’s housing crisis – forcing tenants out of homes, raising rents, undermining security of tenure and devastating what remains of social housing. Earlier today (Tuesday 5 January 2016), I joined demonstrators outside the House of Commons for Kill The Housing Bill, to hear what they had to say.

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On the immense popularity of Tony Blair


There’s a lot to criticise in Tony Blair’s defence of Blairism earlier this month. But let’s take just one claim: that, as Blair puts it,

“the essential position we occupied in British politics retained appeal which is why we not only won a third term in 2005, we were never in any real danger of not getting it.”

True? You can probably guess the answer: it’s completely untrue. Continue reading

#YouAintNoMuslimBruv? It’s just not true, says David Cameron

After Leytonstone’s horrific attacks, it wasn’t long before the hashtag #YouAintNoMuslimBruv began trending on Twitter. A witness had shouted these words at the attacker.

Nor was it long before David Cameron jumped on the bandwagon.

The PM gushed:

“Let me also pay credit to the person – can’t quite see who it is from the film – who made that brilliant statement about “you ain’t no Muslim”. I think – some of us have dedicated speeches and media appearances and soundbites and everything to this subject, but “you ain’t no Muslim, bruv” said it all much better than I ever could, and thank you, because that will be applauded all around the country.”

So which “speeches and media appearances and soundbites” were these, then? Continue reading