Louise Mensch, take a lesson on privilege from the internet | Laurie Penny

No wonder Mensch finds privilege-checking uncomfortable – the Tory conception of ‘reality’ has never been inclusiveLouise Mensch is confused. The erstwhile MP and professional gadfly has published a blogpost decrying “privilege checking”, and longing to return to a species of “reality-based” feminism where everyone would stop bothering her about class, race and money. That’s the […]
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Letters: Myths and reality of union power and the winter of discontent

Letters (22 April) invoking the bogey of “union power” to justify Thatcherite scorched-earth policies, derive from highly selective social memories, largely created by tendentious histories and media depictions. Academic research has shown there was no monolithic union power that inflicted the “winter of discontent” on a victimised British population. The industrial actions were largely initiated […]
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New union body will challenge executive pay and all-male boardrooms

Trade Union Share Owners group aims to use its share ownership to ‘inject a dose of reality’ into British boardroomsOverpaid chief executives and all-male boardrooms will be challenged by a new grouping of influential shareholders controlled by the TUC, Unison and Unite unions.The Trade Union Share Owners group, which controls £1bn worth of staff pension […]
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New union body will challenge executive pay and all-male boardrooms

Trade Union Share Owners group aims to use its share ownership to ‘inject a dose of reality’ into British boardroomsOverpaid chief executives and all-male boardrooms will be challenged by a new grouping of influential shareholders controlled by the TUC, Unison and Unite unions.The Trade Union Share Owners group, which controls £1bn worth of staff pension […]
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Osborne is dreaming if he thinks young people share his aspirations | Suzanne Moore

The chancellor, with his fantasy of economic growth, is as deluded as the 14-year-old girl who can’t sing but wants to be the next RihannaWhat some would call aspirations, I would call dreams, but I don’t suppose even Gideon is deluded enough to tell us we are building a Dream Nation. That’s a bit ravey, and […]
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Animal testing: it’s time the British public saw the reality for themselves | Victoria Martindale

British law cloaks animal experimentation in secrecy despite supposed freedom of information. This inconsistency should stopAs the United States opens its doors to allow public access to all federally funded scientific research, including increasingly controversial experiments on animals, similar transparency should be upheld on this side of the Atlantic.When the Freedom of Information Act came […]
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