Citizens not subjects (republicans party!)

I’m just back from the Not the Royal Wedding republican street party in Red Lion Square, located in central London’s well-heeled Bloomsbury district. Organised by the pro-democracy campaign group Republic, this lively but laid-back event, complete with sound system, Dixieland jazz band and stalls, and about as many journalists as punters, filled the square. There […]

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Republican pensioners arrested for taking the piss

Government of the Dead premier Chris Knight, his partner Camilla Power, and a chap named Patrick Macroidan dressed as an executioner, have been detained at Her Majesty’s pleasure for conspiracy to cause a public nuisance. Dozens of police officers swooped on Knight’s Brockley home early this morning, in advance of a street theatre event to […]

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A right royal coupling

For want of anything better to do on this dull April morning, here, for your delectation, is a short video interlude… Don’t they look absolutely wonderful together?

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What’s yours is mine, and what’s mine’s me own

Today is World Intellectual Property Day. Sadly, in this age of individual entitlement and corporate kleptarchy, few any longer seem to appreciate the concept of intellectual property. ‘What’s yours is mine, and what’s mine’s me own’, is now the prevailing philosophy. I blame the bloggers.

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In celebration of grubbiness

Bromley punkster Poly Styrene, born of a Scots-Irish legal secretary and a Somali pirate aristocrat, is no more, having succumbed yesterday to breast cancer at the tender age of 53. From X-Ray Spex’ “Germ Free Adolescents”… “Her phobia is infection She needs one to survive It’s her built-in protection Without fear she’d give up and […]

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Police to gag republicans on royal wedding day

A quote from Metropolitan Police assistant commissioner Christine Jones, heard out of the corner of my ear this afternoon on BBC Radio 4… "There are 364 other days of the year when people can come to London and demonstrate, and frankly it’s not appropriate on the day of the royal wedding for people to come […]

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Bashar al-Assad’s taste for blood

Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad – a weed of a man backed by the apparatus of an entrenched fascist state – is an ophthalmic surgeon who is said to have chosen this branch of medicine as the cutting up of eyeballs is relatively bloodless. However, recent events show that the young Ba’athist who inherited his kingdom […]

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Today is…

…St George’s Day, when that internationally-minded and culturally-diverse tribe of northern European sophisticates known as the Inglish celebrate the fantasy life of their favourite third century Palestinian. Beer and sausages will be consumed, Morris dancers mocked, bellies exposed and pale skins turned cherry red by a burning sun. Fun for all the family. Have a […]

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When not arguing with the spectre of death…

Christopher Hitchens may be battling for life, but note how his writing continues to be ‘out there’, and not fixated on himself and his own sorry condition… “It is our innate solidarity, and not some despotism of the sky, which is the source of our morality and our sense of decency.” “[T]he pattern and original […]

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Happy Birthday to Fag-ash Margaret

A little more popular at home than Britain’s Queen Brenda the Last, and with a family almost as dysfunctional as the Windsor-Saxe-Coburg-und-Gothas, Denmark’s Queen Margrethe II today celebrates her 71st birthday. Tillykke med dagen, Majestæt! Unlike her English third cousin twice removed, Margrethe Alexandrine Þórhildur Ingrid works for a living, sort of (she illustrates children’s […]

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