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Ainsworth's army

Bob Ainsworth reminds me of something, but I'm not sure what. Maybe it's the recruiting sergeant in Richard Attenborough's film of Joan Littlewood's Oh what a lovely war.

  • Written by Lindsey German
  • Category: Opinion

The last respectable racism

Those who oppose immigration usually use the argument that the country is too overcrowded. It's nothing to do with racism, they say, we just can't cope with all these people.

  • Written by Lindsey German
  • Category: Opinion

Green Dragons?

The Dragons' Den is slickly produced, intelligently formatted and usually watchable. And just occasionally it offers profound insight into the failures of capitalism.

  • Written by Brendan Montague
  • Category: Arts Review

The Observer: worth fighting for?

The Observer is reportedly in crisis, even threatened with closure. I bought it for the first time in a while today and, at a costly £2, it's easy to see why it is struggling.

  • Written by Luna17
  • Category: Opinion

Afghanistan: 40 more years of this: are they mad?

The worse it gets in, the more the politicians and generals say they are winning. The latest is General Sir David Richards, who is about to take over as chief of the British army. The war is "winnable", he says, but adds that the UK could be in Afghanistan for up to 40 years.

  • Written by Robin Beste, Stop the War Coalition
  • Category: Opinion

Yes Men

Andy Bichlbaum and Mike Bonanno hoaxed the BBC into running a live interview in which the Yes Men claimed to represent the Dow Chemicals company offering compensation to the victims of the worst industrial accident the world had seen, Bhopal. Immediately $2 billion was wiped off the company's share price.

  • Written by Brendan Montague
  • Category: Arts Review

Time to bring them home

CNN's latest poll shows a clear majority of the US public opposed to the occupation of Afghanistan. It shows a shift in the last three months, with the popular mood moving against the occupation - 54% say they are opposed, with only 41% in favour.

  • Written by Luna17
  • Category: Opinion

Women's liberation lite

Where would the newspapers be in August without Harriet Harman? She is not only standing in for the prime minister in the Labour government that they love to hate but she's a woman and a feminist.

  • Written by Lindsey German
  • Category: Opinion

Don't let them jaw jaw us into war war

I was sorry to miss the great meeting at Conway Hall last night where the courageous Afghan woman MP, Malalai Joya, spoke about her experiences opposing the warlords and the occupation.

  • Written by Lindsey German
  • Category: Opinion

The value of protest

Could you really credit the new guidelines for citizenship? You get points for canvassing for a political party (no conflict of interest there!) but you can be penalised for demonstrating against British troops.

  • Written by Lindsey German
  • Category: Opinion

Occupations - what's going on?

A few thoughts about the current occupations - most significantly Vestas, but also the Thomas Cook occupations in Dublin and the south London care home.

  • Written by Luna17
  • Category: Opinion

Nationalise the energy sector to combat climate change

It would be difficult to find a politician who would openly disagree with the idea of green jobs, but the workers’ occupation of the Vestas wind turbine factory in the Isle of Wight is a demonstration of the gap between theoretical support and practice.

  • Written by Elaine Graham-Leigh
  • Category: Opinion