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Statues – the great debate

  “Statues are about the present, not the past: they are about the values we want to celebrate through the people we regard as having represented them”, wrote Richard Evans in a recent issue of the “New Statesman”. The same is true of the names of streets and other public places. They reflect the values … Continue reading

Linfield FC and the ‘silly season’

July and August used to be known as the ‘silly season’ as parliament wasn’t sitting and there weren’t a lot of really serious stories in the media. Then you could expect to read stories in the press about donkeys in Spain or the to-ings and fro-ings of celebrities you may not even have heard of. … Continue reading

Third Way back Police Federation calls for protest restrictions

Third Way is backing the call by ordinary police officers to place a blanket ban on protests during the pandemic. The Police Federation of England & Wales asked Home Secretary Priti Patel to take action after officers were injured by those demonstrating against what they saw as attacks on British identity and history on Saturday. … Continue reading

Demonstrators are given a free pass on Lockdown rules

Massive crowds in Trafalgar Square and along Whitehall during Black Lives Matter (BLM) demonstrations and zero enforcement of lockdown rules. Demonstrations around the country often without social distancing. Individuals have been harangued by the media and fined by the police for far more minor infringements. Double standards? A display of hypocrisy? It’s hard to escape … Continue reading

Anarchism in America (?) (1983)

This documentary from independent filmmakers Steven Fischler and Joel Sucher aims to identify the nature and role of anarchist thought in American history and whether or not it continues to have currency in the then present-day of the early 1980s. The opening titles illustrate the dilemma facing the producers. “Anarchism in America” is followed by … Continue reading

“Beer and sandwiches in Number 10”

Many people know the phrase “beer and sandwiches in Number 10”. The expression came into being during Harold Wilson’s first term as Prime Minister of the United Kingdom. Whenever Wilson had any negotiating to do with trade union leaders, he would invite them to his official residence – Number 10 Downing Street, London – for … Continue reading

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