Activism

Letter to Theresa May re deporting Ugandan lesbian Brenda Namigadde

February 1, 2011

Dear Ms. May, I am writing to you with great concern regarding the pending deportation of Brenda Namigadde this week. Brenda came here in 2003 fleeing persecution as a lesbian. Even setting aside the horrors of a system that has left her in legal limbo for no less than eight years, it seems hard to […]

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On Aaron Porter and those anti-semitic comments

January 31, 2011

So, 4000 people marched in Manchester on Saturday against the cuts to education with the TUC, the NUS, EAN, NCAF, Manchester Against Cuts and Fees, and I’m sure a whole bunch of other organisations as well that felt like telling people to go march on the 29th of January. Instead of covering that, or the […]

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A response to a former student regarding student demonstrations

December 15, 2010

I regularly get messages through the contact form on my website in reference to my blog posts. This morning, I got an email from someone who had read this article and decided that I was spending too much time drinking and not enough time studying on the basis that I had spent much of the […]

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No Confidencing Aaron Porter

December 14, 2010

Following the fun and games of the vote in the House of Commons on the proposed tripling of tuition fees on the 9th December, 2010, Sean Rillo Raczka has very kindly written a model motion to put through your union general meeting/council/executive to bring about a motion of no confidence in Aaron Porter, NUS President. […]

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In defence of Johann Hari: A Response to a Conservative

December 7, 2010

Last week, I posted the video above to my Facebook, and in response had a lovely chap I can always rely on to disagree about everything denounce Johann Hari as a liar. A liar? Interesting. I asked for more. I got four articles in response (well, five, but the fifth was about an article Hari […]

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Response from the Arndale centre re Vodafone

December 2, 2010

As you may remember, the Vodafone protest on the 30th October went well except for the security guard who was incredibly rude and unprofessional to myself and a colleague. When we emailed the Arndale centre, the General Manager gave us a prompt reply saying he would investigate the matter. Four weeks, one reminder email and […]

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We marched on Wednesday, we strike on Tuesday!

November 29, 2010

Last Wednesday 100,000 students marched in protest all over the country with absolutely no encouragement from the NUS or any of the usual “student leaders”. That’s AMAZING. I helped to organise the Manchester demo, and we printed out leaflets for 800 – 5000 people turned up to march from every university and college in Manchester […]

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The Negative Narrative: A Response to a Liberal Democrat

November 22, 2010

The Liberal Democrat blog Jazz Hands Serious Business recently published a fun article called “The Negative Narrative”, in which the author argued that the Liberal Democrats are currently being unfairly attacked. It seems that he and all his fellow Lib Dems who have kept the faith keep getting attacked by pretty much everyone they know, […]

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Some perspective on Millbank, the NUS, and its aftermath

November 16, 2010

I’ve been a bit mean about the NUS and its hypocritical, lying, self-serving excuses for “leaders” lately, and I wanted to clarify some things. To coin a standard slimy politician phrase, let me be absolutely clear: we need a national co-ordinated student movement to campaign on behalf of students, to advocate for students, and to […]

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Violence at the NUS/UCU National Demonstration

November 11, 2010

I am writing this after 20 hours of travel and protest but I wanted to get out some quick thoughts on the issue of violence at the demonstration yesterday. But take a look at the video above and tell me: does this look like a “tiny despicable minority ruining it for the others” to you? […]

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