The “criminal courts charge” is criminalising poverty but where’s the justice?

John Oliver municipal violations

It’s not only the monstrous and still widening wealth inequality gap that is now the same as in 19th century Britain; it’s also our debtors’ prisons. Introduced by stealth towards the final days of the coalition government by Tory imbecile … Continue reading

It’s expensive, kills the innocent and doesn’t deter crime – it’s time to end the capital punishment debate (video)

John Oliver death Penalty

The announcement earlier this year that a 78-year-old man was to be paroled after serving 48 years of a 30-year sentence caused an outcry – most loudly and unedifyingly from the knee-jerk ridden right-wing media.  As the man in question … Continue reading

Stephen Colbert on Benghazi and the new McCarthyism

colbert mccarthy

Last month’s race to be the next Speaker of the US Congress, brought forth some interesting candidates. None more so than Republican congressman Kevin McCarthy. Stephen Colbert was quick to highlight a number of issues with McCarthy’s candidacy including his comments … Continue reading

The Channel programme: helping vulnerable people or nudging them towards radicalisation? (The Conversation) (video)


Stephanie Petrie, University of Liverpool Referrals to the British government’s deradicalisation programme Channel are on the rise, it has been reported. The Channel programme was imposed on all local authorities in England and Wales as part of the 2015 Counter-Terrorism … Continue reading

Donald Trump: the best African president America will never have (video)

African president trump

“For me, as an African, there’s just something familiar about Trump that makes me feel at home” – the new Daily Show host, Trevor Noah thinks that “The Donald” has the makings of a great African dictator. Watch the video … Continue reading

Q&A: Can Corbyn revolutionise the financial sector and the Bank of England? (video)

Bank Of england on note

Anastasia Nesvetailova, City University London Labour party leader Jeremy Corbyn this week unveiled his new team of economic advisers. He hopes they will help build a set of policies capable of countering the narrative of belt-tightening austerity which delivered David … Continue reading

John Oliver does piggate (video)

Bitten piggate cartoon

OK, so we all know that “piggate” almost certainly isn’t true, but that doesn’t mean we can’t still have a little snigger about it! To watch the clip use the password: imincorrigible Video © HBO Related posts: John Oliver on … Continue reading

John Oliver on the EU’s (and the media’s) racist and inhumane treatment of migrants and refugees (video)

John Oliver migrants and refugees

If you’re a regular reader of this blog (yes, there are a few of you) I owe you an apology. I have spent the last couple of months consumed with the media’s outrageously biased and frequently unethical treatment of the … Continue reading

Bernie Sanders and Jeremy Corbyn: Parallel lines (full length video)

Corbyn Sanders New statesmamn Cover-horz

Political discourse in the US & the UK has often been closely aligned, especially since the Reagan- Thatcher era set what we now know as the ‘neo-liberal’ consensus.  But it is the failure of so-called trickle down economics and the … Continue reading

Two real-life accounts of the effect of benefits sanctions (The Conversation) (Video)

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Peter Dwyer, University of York The Department for Work and Pensions has admitted that the quotes they presented from two benefit claimants extolling the virtues of sanctions were made up. Video is not part of the original article The DWP … Continue reading

The Beeb, the bias and the bashing (The Conversation)

BBC TV handout picture. Conservative Party leader David Cameron, left, is interviewed on the Andrew Marr Show.

By: Ivor Gaber, University of Sussex My entry for the prize for the most unsurprising allegation of 2015 was the uncannily similar complaints that emanated from a number of Conservative MPs who claimed that the BBC’s reporting of the general … Continue reading

What does sex education in American schools look like? (John Oliver) (video)

Sex Ed No Screwing around

If you thought that sex education in the UK was bad then, in the words of conservative Christian America’s greatest hero, Ronald Reagan, “you ain’t seen nothing yet”. Reagan’s ultra-conservative policy exacerbated the teenage pregnancy problem and led to an … Continue reading

Is Greville Janner faking dementia to avoid child rape prosecution? (audio)

Greville Janner Faking It

Director of Public Prosecutions, Alison Saunders, knew that her decision not to prosecute Greville Janner on multiple counts of child rape would be controversial, but even she must have been surprised at the tsunami of outrage that followed her 16 April … Continue reading

Jon Stewart’s moments of Zen from his final farewell to the Daily Show (video)

Colbert Stewart

“The eulogies have been delivered, the set disassembled and the echo of Jon Stewart’s parting “bullshit-is-everywhere” monologue is fading. What now? After 16 years as America’s leading comedy/political TV satirist, Stewart leaves no clear successor even as America enters a … Continue reading