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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Friends group surveys public opinion on use of Greenwich and Woolwich Foot Tunnels

More than 3,000 people pass through the Greenwich and Woolwich tunnels each day, and that number appears to be growing quickly. Roughly 50% of the tunnel users are cyclists, with the other half pedestrian only. As tunnel traffic grows, competition and conflict between cyclists, skateboarders, rollerskaters and pedestrian-only users will likely increase. Reducing ill-will between […]

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Bob Crow passes into trade union legend

Rail, Maritime and Transport Workers general secretary Bob Crow was from my non-socialist, europhile perspective a political pain in the arse. He was also an outstanding trade union leader, and a rhetorical as well as physical giant among men. Bob’s bitterest enemies mourn the old tankie’s passing, with fond memories of the man who could […]

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Think of me, pleads phone hacking boss Rebekah Brooks

Former News of the World editor and alleged phone hacking conspirator Rebekah Brooks has in court had her lawyer read out messages of support from colleagues… “You remain the greatest editor and journalist I’ve ever known. I’ve always felt privileged to work alongside you, you’ve done absolutely nothing wrong. “It is totally alien to your […]

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