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Revolting principles

January 6, 2012 by


Senator Rick Santorum is a disgusting man. His statements on same-sex relationships and abortion are morally repugnant, but that’s not the entirety of his revoltingness. Santorum’s rhetoric is designed to disgust. When he compares gay sex to incest and bestiality, he’s tugging at your sense of taboo so he can elicit the same revulsion that […]

The political womb

January 4, 2012 by


In an environment where every uterus in America is politicised territory, why should the candidates’ wives get a free pass? Aspiring Republican nominee Rick Santorum is very strongly anti-abortion – he opposes medical termination of pregnancy in almost all circumstances, including conceptions resulting from rape or incest. So the possibility that his wife received an […]

Labour gives up fighting giants

January 1, 2012 by


The Labour party doesn’t hate the welfare state like the nasty Tory party. No, no. The Labour party just hates what the welfare state has become. If only it hadn’t strayed from the first principles of the 1942 Beveridge report, we’d be free from the dread perils of “scroungers” and “benefit dependency”, which the Labour […]

Pinkos and the brain

December 5, 2011 by


Unfairness is hard to accept, and hard to correct, but luckily for your peace of mind, the human brain has a work-around. It’s called the “just world hypothesis”: a tendency to build retrospective narratives that justify inequality. As Oliver Burkeman explains, “The just world hypothesis sees suffering and concludes that people who suffer must be […]

Industrial etiquette

December 2, 2011 by


Here’s a confession: I don’t really know what to do in a strike. When my children’s teachers walked out earlier this year, their classes closed, so I kept them at home and told the teachers I backed them. Easy. But this Wednesday, the school stayed open, so I took them in, and then worried all day […]

Private lives

October 9, 2011 by

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I feel ancient. I remember when a Tory vice girl story was a thing of joy and wonder, a hose full of snigger juice soused across the news. “Aha!” you could chortle back in the days of section 28 and Back To Basics, “They love to govern our bedrooms, but they’re not so straight themselves!” […]

The political myth kitty

October 7, 2011 by

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Criticising the media gets boring. Even Chris Morris – who did it better than anyone with The Day Today and Brass Eye – found that he couldn’t bear to do it anymore when he came to work out his response to the war on terror: “I did formalise some ideas,” he told the Guardian, “but […]


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