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Syriza: Crucible Or Cul-De-Sac

24-03-2013 23:28

There have been many calls for a 'party of the people' in the last couple of years. A speech by Alexis Tsipras in London March 15 2013, outlined what policies Syriza as ‘a party of the people’ would implement if it gained power. This article questions whether in the current crisis, such parties and policies are rational proposals or just the result of nostalgic and idealistic longings.

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Shock in Poundland

24-03-2013 22:55


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Bristol bookfair after-party fundraiser info

24-03-2013 21:22

Bristol Anarchist Bookfair Collective brings you a night of radical music to wind down to after the 2013 Bookfair - kick back and dance yer boots off!
This is a split fundraiser for us and Bristol Defendant Solidarity. Any funds raised that we do not need will be shared out to other groups locally, as usual.

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Greek Anarchist Prisoner & Squat Benefit - Nottingham

24-03-2013 15:35

"Let's not give free reign to our jailers, strike the tiger's heart every day, in every way, according to our differences, against the sadness and solitude of our cells of confinement." - Os Cangaceiros

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Suggest blogs for Bristol Indymedia

24-03-2013 12:55

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Richard William Littlejohn

24-03-2013 12:40

Homophobe, transphobe and general hate mongering, far right sniveling weasel.

Lives here.....

4 Greenoak Place, Cockfosters Road, EN4 0JB

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From growing greens to Fukushima

24-03-2013 00:36

Expert urban gardening tips from John Kohler, host of popular "Growing Your Greens" channel on You tube. Then speech by Dr. Helen Caldicott March 12, 2013 on medical and ecological consequences of the Fukushima nuclear disaster in Japan.

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Combat the Bedroom Tax in Liverpool - Sat, 30th March 2013

23-03-2013 21:25

Combat the Bedroom Tax

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Leeds Queer Film Festival

23-03-2013 20:33

Leeds Queer Film Festival warmly welcomes you to enjoy a showcase of queer cinema with a focus on independent and diy films.

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Boycott Workfare Glasgow 23rd March Photos

23-03-2013 17:14

The Poundland stores on Argyle Street and Union Street were picketed. Switch Off Poundland.

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Albany lettings paid what they owed!

23-03-2013 10:55

Kerstin’s account of how, with the help of EPTAG, she got Albany Lettings to pay what they owe! 

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Housing benefit pilot increases arrears and paves the way for the Bedroom Tax

23-03-2013 10:55

Rent arrears among tenants on a government pilot project that pays housing benefit directly to recipients have seen a bi

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Activists head to Swedish embassy to demand guarantee of no further extradition

23-03-2013 09:48

Activists head to Swedish embassy to demand guarantee of no further extradition of Assange to U.S.

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Notts bedroom tax protest

22-03-2013 16:55

The first bedroom tax protest in Nottingham. 

Last Saturday (The 16th) saw Nottinghams first Bedroom Tax Protest in concordance with the National Campaign which had 55 cities across the UK out at the same time.  The miserable weather didn't seem to dampen the atmosphere or indeed turnout with around 300 people at its height and not really dipping below 250 throughout. A good number were from assorted parties and campaigns like the Greens or the Nottingham Pensioners Action Group (NPAG) but the majority were no more political than most people but are going to be hit hard by the proposed bedroom tax with around 5 and a half thousand liable to be hit in Nottingham (according to the Evening Post). We were graced by the 'human' face of the City Council: Graham Chapman.  Skulking round the edges of the protest he was confronted on several occasions by members of the public interested in their councils position. He informed us that (I'm paraphrasing here) 'the council was seeking to minimalise the numbers of people who could be at risk of eviction by helping measure and when possible reassigning a room from that of a bedroom to a boxroom'. When he pressed on whether the council would make a commitment to not evict those unable to pay as Brighton Council has pledged. Chapman said it was unlikely and that he hoped it wouldn't have to go so far. The possibility of a judicial review was also mentioned but given our councils record on standing up to central government when it counts I have little hope on that score. 

Therewere some enthusiastic speakers from the TUC and the Nottinghamshire Anti-Bedroom Taax Campaign, amongst others, who were met with riotous applause and cheers whilst distributing useful information. A public meeting was hosted by the TUC the following Tuesday with attendance at around 50-60. Nothing of substance was decided unfortunately but hopefully the follow-up meeting this Wednesday (The 27th) will yield some actual action. 

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