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The Hillsborough Shirt Arrest is Depressing on Every Possible Level

The Hillsborough Shirt Arrest is Depressing on Every Possible Level

Thomas Walker May 31, 2016 2

Yesterday, a man was arrested for wearing a shirt in a pub. There are parts of the world where that occurrence wouldn’t seem out of place. In some countries, arresting citizens for speech is commonplace,

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Who Is Milton?

Who Is Milton?

Backbencher March 31, 2013 1

You know his smile and asinine wit, but who is the face behind The Backbencher? Milton Archibald Freeman was born to a debutant and successful city broker. He grew up with his time split

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Free Trade, as bad as immigration

Free Trade, as bad as immigration

Olly Neville March 5, 2013 10

  Imagine a factory pumping out widgets to be bought by British consumers. Now imagine that of all the workers, none of them are British. Scandalous, right? These immigrants have taken the jobs of

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Deep pockets and financial losses: How long can football maintain bad business?

Deep pockets and financial losses: How long can football maintain bad business?

Backbencher January 7, 2013 6

  Tristan Kitchin, On the 31st December Wigan Athletic reported a net profit of £4.3m for the year ending 31st May, their first profit in six years. What made this report interesting is that

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Think about this: Every 21 minutes a rape occurs in India.

Think about this: Every 21 minutes a rape occurs in India.

Margot Parker January 7, 2013 3

  The tragic attack on a 23 year old woman who was savagely beaten and raped by a group of men on a Delhi bus, on December 16th last year, has filled many with justified revulsion.

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Playing Politics with Pensions… and other assorted nonsense

Playing Politics with Pensions… and other assorted nonsense

Backbencher January 7, 2013 2

Stephen Morris,   Whilst it may be difficult to get excited about pension relief reform, the story behind the rather tepid topic of Ed Ball’s latest economic debacle makes for some fairly amusing reading.  The rebirth of old

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Sugary Cereal? Not on Labour’s Watch

Sugary Cereal? Not on Labour’s Watch

James Snell January 7, 2013 3

With the degree of patronising assurance only managed by Labour ministers and minor novelists, Andy Burnham has decided to lead a righteous crusade against the forces of Mr. Kellogg’s and Nestle who have been

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The Rationale Of Prostitution

The Rationale Of Prostitution

Backbencher January 3, 2013 12

I’m not going to give you the raft of sensible reasons behind it; I won’t be speaking about how it’s safer for the women in question to be working in a clean, regulated brothel

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The Pope: Embracing Communism in 2013?

The Pope: Embracing Communism in 2013?

Victoria Monro January 2, 2013 17

  Christmas and New Year speeches: some, like the Queen’s message are worth taking a few minutes from your day to enjoy, but this year’s message from the Vatican was not one such speech.

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A reflection on 2012, an insight into 2013.

A reflection on 2012, an insight into 2013.

James Snell January 1, 2013 1

With a triumphant array of flaming beauty over the Thames to a soundtrack of a woefully short medley; continuing the proud tradition, started at the Olymipic opening ceremony, of only allowing two bars of

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