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The Wrong Type of News?

The Wrong Type of News?

Backbencher August 6, 2013 0

James Evans asks which news stories should be afforded the most attention. Britons are famous for enjoying a good grumble. This particular predilection was well-parodied back in the nineteenth century by Gilbert and Sullivan

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The Guidoisation of Politics

The Guidoisation of Politics

James Snell July 30, 2013 0

James Snell comments upon the continuing rise of the Guido Fawkes blog. Guy Fawkes is no longer dwelling in the cellar of Parliament (he got caught, remember). No, this time he is armed with

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The Merits of Political News

The Merits of Political News

Backbencher July 16, 2013 0

(Photo courtesy of NS Newsflash) Conor Hamilton inadvertently promotes The Backbencher by stressing the importance of political news. One of the things I am most often asked by school friends, and occasionally by my

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Porn, Objectification, and Standards

Porn, Objectification, and Standards

Backbencher July 5, 2013 2

Caitlin Logan discusses the inconsistencies between the objectification of women and concerns about excessive sexualisation What do the Victorians, “lads’ mags” and anti-porn feminists have in common? The short answer: all of them objectify

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Not Another Scandal at Westminster…

Backbencher June 10, 2013 0

By Jonathan Brown Britain was swept by a lobbying scandal recently which damaged the integrity of the British political system. The first to fall in this controversial investigative journalism swoop was the Tory MP

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The Spider’s Web: Britain’s Politico-Media Caste

The Spider’s Web: Britain’s Politico-Media Caste

Michael St George May 31, 2013 0

The Establishment has evolved into an interlinked politico-media ruling caste The professionalisation of politics in the last 30 years or so is undeniable. That, though, is decidedly not a compliment to the supposed professionalism

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Old Holborn: Behind The Mask

Old Holborn: Behind The Mask

Daniel Pryor May 22, 2013 26

(Photograph by Arfur Daley)   The Backbencher’s Daniel Pryor interviewed Old Holborn: the controversial libertarian blogger and activist who has attracted fresh controversy after being suspended from Twitter following his remarks concerning the Hillsborough

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Fixing The System, Or Just The BBC Fixing The Narrative?

Fixing The System, Or Just The BBC Fixing The Narrative?

Michael St George May 11, 2013 0

The BBC veil slips again as ‘the bankers’ are lazily blamed for everything yet again There’s an inevitable expectation, when awaiting a BBC documentary on Britain’s banking industry, that something of a one-sided and

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Race and Religion in the Media: A Look to Boston

Race and Religion in the Media: A Look to Boston

Backbencher April 24, 2013 1

Richard Elliott takes a closer look at a common false premise. At the time of writing, all charges for the acts of terrorism which occurred in Boston over the last week have been attributed

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Newspaper Paywalls: How does News make money online?

Backbencher April 3, 2013 8

Alex MacDonald and Tristan Kitchin,   The Daily Telegraph has added a paywall to its digital content. Readers will be given 20 free articles a month, after that, a fee of £1.99 a month

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