British journalists react to the crisis in Gaza

I see that my trade union, the National Union of Journalists, is supporting the TUC call to attend the demonstration planned for this Saturday outside the Israeli embassy in London. Some years ago, following an Israeli military action off the Gaza coast, a demonstration was held at the Israeli embassy in London. There I witnessed […]

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London air pollution – sophistry in service of a good cause

Zoe Williams, or at least her subeditor, describes London as “the most toxic town on the planet”. The article itself is sophistry in service of a good cause. Whilst writing now in a personal capacity, I should declare that I am part of the No to Silvertown Tunnel campaign: a community group opposed to plans […]

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Community speaks on use of Greenwich and Woolwich Foot Tunnels

The following is a press release distributed today on behalf of the Friends of Greenwich and Woolwich Foot Tunnels… More than 3,000 people pass through the Greenwich and Woolwich tunnels each day, with roughly 50% of tunnel users being cyclists, and the other half pedestrian only. As tunnel traffic grows, competition and conflict between cyclists, […]

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Safer lorries delay shows that EU power does not reside in Brussels

A brief report in the Evening Standard illustrates how political power within the European Union lies with member state governments, and not the unelected and supposedly unaccountable European Commission beloved of europhobic commentators, or the Parliament which is elected and open in its dealings, but at the same time largely unreported, at least in the […]

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Citizen science in London – local residents map air pollution and challenge roadbuilding plans

The following is a rough-and-ready amalgam of two press releases distributed this week by the No to Silvertown Tunnel campaign to various London and UK-wide media outlets… Across southeast and east London, people are living with air pollution at levels up to two-and-a-half times legal limits. According to local residents, the situation will worsen considerably […]

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An equalities mess at the heart of government

There will be many in the Fourth Estate who today rejoice at the removal from UK government of Maria Miller, whom prime minister David Cameron has finally seen fit to resign. However, in place of Miller as women’s minister we have Nicky Morgan, who is subservient to a man – Sajid ‘Fuck the Poor’ Javid […]

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NUJ conference imminent – Lord have mercy!

For my manifold sins I shall from Thursday to Sunday of this week be attending the biennial Delegate Meeting of the National Union of Journalists. The conference this year is being held in Eastbourne, the elephant graveyard of the English south coast. At the conference I will be a delegate for the London Freelance Branch […]

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Windy Miller running out of friends

What is it with culture secretary Maria Miller, whom I dub “Windy Miller” owing to her propensity for brain farts? She is fast running out of friends. Given Miller’s level of professional competence, it is difficult to understand why prime minister David Cameron and his cabinet are intent on quashing any further public discussion of […]

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