A year ago we were watching parts of the same city which hosted the Olympics going up in flames and wondering which part would be devastated next.
Frankie Boyle is right on Ian Tomlinson case: “There was absolutely no evidence, apart from that film of him (Harwood) doing it”
Freddy Patel, the pathologist who conducted two post mortem examinations on Ian Tomlinson, the newspaper seller and father of nine who was killed in 2009 at the G20 protests in London after being pushed to the ground by a police officer, faces being struck off after a tribunal panel of medical professionals noticed a number of key errors in his work and found him to be ‘dishonest’.
Our work with young people, and in-depth research into last summer’s riots, shows that stop-and-search was a key causal factor in the violence that swept the country.
One year on from the biggest outbreak of civil unrest in England for 30 years, and a study has revealed that riots are likely to happen again unless action is taken to heal the divisions between teenagers and the authorities.
At some point during the last 10 years or so, the idea that everything that can be taken for free has become widely accepted. The most intriguing thing about the 2009 parliamentary expenses scandal was not the relaxed set of regulations governing the expenses process, but rather the widespread assumption by MPs that if it was possible to put in a claim for something it would be fit and proper to do so – the morality of the claim itself being a moot point.
The corruption and hypocrisy which has come to characterise politics and politicians, and in particular the police highlights the widening chasm between the political class and the electorate.
The expenses scandal, the Leveson Inquiry, and now the revelation that the anti corruption unit of the Met is being investigated for-wait for it- corruption, all reinforce this [...]
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“Everyone” is getting geared up for the summer of celebration, or at least so the Establishment tells us. But these are welcome diversions from more serious issues, says James Bloodworth.
Plan B has always positioned himself as a provocative artist. One who seeks change. Equally he is not scared of shying away from big, thorny issues. His new single iLL Manors has received great praise from both The Independent’s Tim Walker and The Guardian’s Dorian Lynskey. Fearful that the artist has overlooked those he is trying to represent, whilst wildly contradicting an editorial he wrote in The Sun in the wake of the riots, it’s worth listening to the track anew.
It is a year to the day since the infamous camel charge during the Egyptian uprising. That day, Ultras from al-Ahly and Zamalek football clubs, along with many other Egyptians, fought in the streets against the regime. It is being claimed that the atmosphere in Cairo today is very much like the day after that camel charge. Yesterday’s events in Port Said, in which over 70 football supporters died, is therefore not just ‘another football tragedy’, however terrible it was. Rather, the disaster takes place in a context of heightened political tension over the state of post-Mubarak Egypt, and concerns about security, order and the pace of democratisiation.
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