Letter regarding Arndale security staff bullying at the Vodafone demo

November 2, 2010

Sent to the Head of Security at the Arndale Centre. “Dear Sir/Madam, We are writing to you with regard to the conduct of one of your security staff members at the Vodafone demonstration on Saturday the 20th October. As she was not wearing a name badge, we cannot say what her name was, but we […]

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Pay your taxes! Vodafone shop shut down in Manchester town centre

November 1, 2010

I do enjoy going to protests that go right. And shutting down a Vodafone store last Saturday went very well. In the same week that George Osborne announced to great applause from his back-benches the removal of £7 billion from benefits and the destruction of the welfare state, HMRC quietly dropped its attempts to force […]

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Letter regarding my resignation from the Liberal Democrats

October 21, 2010

Sent to the DELGA (the LGBT Liberal Democrat group) mailing list in response to an appalling email from a current member of the Executive following the principled resignation of a colleague. I will make no claim that this is well-written or well-referenced. Dear all, I was waiting it out with regard to the Comprehensive Spending […]

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What is the Purpose of Drug Policy? Some Data (and Some Analysis!)

October 20, 2010

Last week, I was at Lancaster University to help give a talk on drug policy to a group of third year criminology students taught by Fiona Measham. One of the things that we did was to hand out pieces of paper and ask the lecture theatre if they could define the purpose of drug policy. […]

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Some Thoughts on the Browne Review: Free Education is Still Possible, You Know.

October 12, 2010

The Browne review on Higher Education, which was published today and you can read a summary of here, has generated some very gloomy headlines. Not from the Sun, who haven’t covered the Browne review at all, and have chosen to go with a expose on the working conditions of lap-dancers at Stringfellows, but most other […]

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An Introduction to Broke: an Economic Abuse Awareness Group

July 16, 2010

I met Helen Wallworth at a different group and social set entirely, but her heroic efforts to deal with domestic abuse know no bounds, and I hope that her new group Broke, which aims to raise awareness of economic abuse will rapidly establish itself as a success. Economic abuse, or using money and/or financial resources […]

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UMSU Students for Sensible Drug Policy – Chair’s Report 09-10

June 23, 2010

Manchester Students for Sensible Drug Policy’s second year has been hard work, but enjoyable. We have gained members, developed leaflets, posters, and other materials, and held events, training sessions, stalls, and socials. We have succeeded in holding some kind of meeting or event almost every week of term, with varying degrees of success. Our greatest […]

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A 10 Point Guide to House Searches by the Police

May 25, 2010

As some of you may be aware, my flatmate went off and got herself arrested at Manchester Airport yesterday protesting about climate change. And as some of you may be aware, the police have a habit of searching the houses of people who go locking themselves to aeroplanes. :) I had a vague hunch that […]

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Letter from Justine Hall, Green Party candidate for Manchester Gorton

April 26, 2010

Last month I wrote a letter (republished here) to all the Manchester Gorton Constituency candidates regarding civil liberties and more specifically the recently passed Digital Economy Bill. To date, only Justine Hall of the Green Party has replied, although the Press Officer of the Pirate Party has been in touch offering to have Tim Dobson […]

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NUS Conference 2010 Report

April 17, 2010

Well, NUS 2010 was fun. Manchester delegation all enjoyed themselves, I think, although we unsurprisingly differed on many issues and the delegation split off in our little factions reasonably early on. Commiserations to Siobhan Brown, who was ill, congratulations to me cos I got a single room as a result, and a raised eyebrow to […]

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