It looks as if the curtain is finally closing in on the Occupy London protest outside of St. Pauls, as the deadline of 17 November to pack up and move on was delivered by the high court.
As students continued to demonstrate last week against the Coalition government’s education reforms which began a year ago, commentators on all sides sat tight and asked ‘will they or won’t they?’
The only thing greater than the intensity of the UK riots was the confusion with which they were later dissected. In the absence of any one clear cause, many if not most commentators sought comfort in familiar refrains. Only a few – like The Daily Telegraph’s Mary Riddell or the poet Robert Auton – rose above the uncertainty with analyses of rare nuance. And, in the midst of all this, few writers actually sought the opinion of young people themselves.
The riots affected many places that have been the focus for urban regeneration and neighbourhood renewal. It’s a bitter pill for those of us in the business to swallow, but our efforts may have contributed to the problem rather than helped create the solution.
Led by the likes of Danish teens Ice Age, 80s and 90s-style hardcore punk appears to be having a major resurgence at the moment. The revival isn’t limited to Europe however, with bands such as Sacramento’s Trash Talk releasing as stream brutal tracks such as the one featured here. ‘Burn Alive’ clocks in at less [...]
Reviewing and reflecting on the various debates in the media from political pundits and commentators there is now a growing trend over the last ten years which I would describe as ‘retro racism’: where Victorian-style moral panic debates are used to describe, in particular, the black communities’ life style, cultural reference points and historical relationships with wider society as mad, bad and dangerous.
David Cameron is in danger of missing the mood, which is curious for a leader so well attuned to the “musicality” of politics, as one of his back benchers put it to me. He writes about responsibility in the Mail on Sunday today (scroll down), but notably fails to mention the responsibilities of the rich [...]
Following the recent riots, you would think the last thing Mancunians want right now is to see their city centre turned into a playground for reckless thrill seekers – but that’s exactly what they’ll be welcoming this weekend.
Why do dads leave their kids? There are two obvious answers…
Now that David U-Turn has conceded that opportunistic FIPI* for which Ed Miliband was calling, I can reveal the findings of its report, right.
*Full and independent public inquiry, except that this is, of course, not a FIPI but a ICVP, an “independent communities and victims panel“. As if that is supposed to be better.
This is an early Matt [...]
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