James Appleton

Why the Tories’ education policy is backwards

So the Tories have announced their education policy which is, by their own admission, “brazenly elitist”. It seems that criticising the Conservatives is almost all I do these days, but this one is particularly worth it. Since when has elitism been praiseworthy? Well, I suppose that depends. Wiktionary – the...
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Posted Feb. 2, 2010

Remember, kids: KaZaA ruins lives

“Once in a while maybe you will feel the urge/ To break international copyright law/ By downloading MP3s from file-sharing sites,” sings Weird Al Yankovic. However, he warns, “the guilt would drive you mad/ And the shame would leave a permanent scar/ ‘Cause you start out stealing songs and then...
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Posted Jun. 22, 2009

Lifting the lid on America’s torture culture

As US President Barack Obama continues to clear up the mess left to him by his predecessor, more revelations are coming to light by the week. The latest one is the publication by the president’s administration of memos from the Bush-era Justice Department that offered legal justification for what were...
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Posted Apr. 20, 2009

Senate says ‘bye bye Blago’

He’s more than just a long surname and a silly haircut. The removal from office of Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich has spelled the end of a hugely unpopular political career.
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Posted Feb. 10, 2009

Joe – America’s top plumber since Mario

Guess who’s got a new job as a correspondent to the Gaza strip. Of course, it makes sense - this is a man who embodies everything that Palestinians love about America: Christian conservatism, an affiliation with the ardently pro-Israeli Republican Party and sheer ignorance.
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Posted Jan. 27, 2009

Foot soldier

Different people will have different opinions of who has been the star of this holiday period: if you’re pro-reality TV you might feel that it is Alexandra Burke; if you are anti then you might have a newfound respect for the late Jeff Buckley. For me, though, the star of...
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Posted Jan. 6, 2009