Michael Moore in TrumpLand (video)


“Michael Moore in TrumpLand”, Moore’s tenth feature-length film, was put together in 11 days in order to get it out to audiences before the election. “You get the feeling that Moore was quite spooked by the Brexit vote; he brings … Continue reading

Brexit: what does the US think of what we have done? (video)


Being British means that, for most of my life, I have been able to share in that certain level of condescension that we have when it comes to our American cousins. You know the one. The one that sneered at … Continue reading

Seth Myers on Trump’s racism and attacks on press freedom (video)


“Just when you thought Donald Trump couldn’t possibly get worse, he did. The RNC reportedly told Trump to give condolences and then shut up, but that was clearly ignored. Now, Republicans are quickly understanding that anything would have been better than … Continue reading

Stephen Colbert decodes the riddle of Trump and the words “radical Islam” (video)


“Stephen Colbert criticized Donald Trump’s response to the Orlando nightclub shooting and mocked the candidate’s insinuation that “there’s something going on” with President Obama when it comes to the debate over the term “radical Islam.” Colbert first addressed Trump’s tweets … Continue reading

Trevor Noah explains the real truth about gun rights and terrorism (video)


“Daily Show” host Trevor Noah last night gave an impassioned analysis of the weekend’s deadly mass shooting at a gay nightclub in Orlando. “This is a clearly complicated incident with elements of terrorism, homophobia, mental health,” Noah said. “But it … Continue reading

Stanford sexual assault: how social media gave a voice to the victim (The Conversation) (video)


The internet has erupted in fury after the sentencing of Brock Turner, a star athlete for the Stanford University swim team, who was convicted of three sexual offences, and more specifically of assaulting an unconscious, intoxicated 23-year-old woman behind a … Continue reading

John Oliver on racist Trump and his fake university (video)


Last Week Tonight host John Oliver devoted the opening segment of his show to the widening scandal over Donald Trump’s fraudulent Trump University — and his commentary rivaled his Drumpf episode. After touching upon Trump’s racist comments about Judge Gonzalo … Continue reading

Bill Maher feels the Bern and dumps on Trump (video)


Here’s the weird thing about this process, four hundred super delegates came out publicly for Hillary Clinton before the first ballot was cast…These delegates, even if they have supported Clinton from day one, they’re gonna have to take a hard … Continue reading

Why James O’Brien’s very, very wrong about the extent of UK corruption (video)


David Cameron’s recent “Corruption Summit” garnered a great deal of publicity for his alleged battle against international corruption and ‘war’ on aggressive tax avoidance. However, as well as the positive headlines, more astute commentators were at pains to point out … Continue reading

Think tanks, dead cats and the ‘Merchants of Doubt’ (video)


What do you think of when you hear the words “think tank”? For those who have only a passing interest in the world of politics, which is most of us, the words are likely to indicate a gathering of highly intelligent … Continue reading

Government and ‘independent expertise’: think tanks represent a blind spot for critical analysis


Drawing on recent research about UK think tanks, austerity and social policy, Hartwig Pautz and Elke Heins examine the relationship between government and the world of ‘independent expertise’. Focusing on one example, the Centre for Social Justice’s influence over Conservative ministers’ social policies, they … Continue reading

Andrew Marr’s interview frames Jeremy Corbyn as a 1980s throwback (video)


Andrew Marr‘s interview with Labour party leader, Jeremy Corbyn, on his eponymously named show this morning was a masterclass in how to frame an interview to reflect the personal bias of the interviewer rather than to impartially elicit newsworthy information … Continue reading

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


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

What has Goldman Sachs got in common with the new version of Monopoly? (video)


Goldman Sachs has been accused, yet again, of running a criminal financial markets scam. This time by controlling the distribution of aluminium (from warehouses that it owns) to affect the market price in a way to favour its own market positions … Continue reading