Still Waiting: Orgreave Justice 30 Years On

By Dr Katy Shaw  The Battle of Orgreave was one of the most violent and iconic moments of the 1984-5 UK miners’ strike. On 18 June 1984, a sunny summer’s day in Yorkshire, around 4000 miners clashed with around 8000 police outside a British Steel coking plant. Official police video accounts of the day show miners being directed into a field on site, before a violent confrontation ensued. Images of police officers on horse-back attacking miners on foot have since...

(Re) Writing the 1984-5 UK Miners’ Strike: Poetry and Politics 1985-2015

By Dr Katy Shaw This week marks the 30th anniversary of the end of the 1984-5 UK miner's strike. The strike was the defining industrial conflict of the post-war years in the UK. It began as a dual battle of revenge and replication as both factions, fueled by memories of their 1972/4 struggles, sought to rectify or revive past results. The ascension to power of the Left in the NUM signalled by the election of National Union of Miners (NUM)...

Radicalizing Jihadi John

By Michael Duffy In the aftermath of the unveiling of Islamic State (IS) spokesman and executioner dubbed ‘Jihadi John’ as Kuwaiti-born Londoner Mohammed Emwazi, it became apparent that he had been on the radar of the intelligence services for some time, and that harassment by these services could have fuelled his descent into extremism. The man in question whom made these allegations is Asim Qureshi, a research director at CAGE an independent advocacy organisation which focuses on the war on...

Parliamentary sketch 25th Feb – Miliband McFlys into Cameron

By Joe Mellor, Deputy Editor Ed was dashing, daring and decisive, I expected him to pull his face mask off and reveal his brother. But no, this was all Ed, he reminded me of (if you are not a Robert Zemeckis fan, see you in the next paragraph/article) George McFly in Back to the Future, who somehow manages to turn from weakling to hero, knocking out his bullying nemesis Biff Tannen. Today, Miliband used every question to get the PM...

Is it ok to use your Instagram Feed as a Day-to-Day Food Diary?

By Jonathan Hatchman Since its launch back in 2010 the photo-sharing social network Instagram has increasingly become a hub for users to share streams of food related posts, for better or for worse, sparking plenty of debate both in favour and against the culinary takeover. It’s clear to see that the app has become a utopia for “foodies” and hipsters from across the globe to show off their eating habits for the whole World to see, with a stream that hosts millions...

Improvement Needed to Protect Victims of Domestic Violence

By Siobhan Weare, Expert on domestic violence from Lancaster University’s Law School Measures to protect victims of domestic abuse have featured prominently in the news recently, and any steps taken to address the issue and offer increased legal protection for victims are welcome. But, there still needs to be improvements in both the police and the criminal justice system’s responses to domestic abuse and increased investment in the support services which are so valuable to victims. A recent report by...

Putin Turns towards Korea

By Oliver Ward Since Kim Jong-un came to power in the final days of 2011 he hasn´t left North Korea, however there are strong indications he may be preparing to leave the peninsula at the start of May. Russian Foreign Minister, Sergey Lavrov has suggested there are "positive signs" that he will attend a ceremony in Russia commemorating the end of WWII  on May 8th. This is the latest in a string of moves dubbed "Putin´s Pivot" which has seen...

Grexit or no Grexit, Greece must tackle its tax evasion problem

By David Binder Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you won’t have failed to notice the sudden rise of the radical left in Southern Europe and the social, political and economic shockwaves this has sent across the continent. As voters across the Mediterranean have reacted against severe austerity measures, parties previously seen on the fringe of national parties have seen an unprecedented surge in support. In Greece, this has been manifested through Syriza, which has grabbed headlines for its incredible...

Social Value – you can’t measure what you don’t have

 By Dan Ebanks The ‘transformative’ Social Value Act came into force in January 2013. Two years on and the evidence suggests not a huge amount has changed. Of approximately 480 English councils surveyed by the Social Value Portal, only 15 per cent said they were developing a council-wide approach to Social Value Act. Why hasn’t the Act been taken up more widely, especially as its potential benefits would be of great succour to resource starved community based organisations and small...

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