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Sam Chipman
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The poppy has become nothing but a fake conformity & political symbol "This year, for the first time, I will not wear a poppy. It has lost its meaning, it has become nothing but a fake conformity and a political symbol. It is used to sanitise and glorify war, not remember the victims of senseless murder and mass bloodshed."

This year, for the first time, I will not wear a poppy. It has lost its meaning, it has become nothing but a fake conformity and a political symbol. It is used to sanitise and glorify war, not remember the victims of senseless murder and mass bloodshed. I…
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MP's bowing to Big Ben shows how shamefully out of touch they are "As war, famine, and greed destroy lives across the world, as we live in a country of vast inequality, division and suffering - the thing a number of our Members of Parliament seem to get most upset about is the fact that a big clock will stop chiming for a few years. It is a clear nod to the contempt they hold for the rest of us in this country, and how out of touch and isolated from reality many politicians are."

Big Ben’s chimes rang out over the capital for the last time in four years today, as essential maintenance begins on the iconic structure at the heart of the capital. The Elizabeth Tower, completed in 1859, is showing its age and needs vital restoration…
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Financial Crisis, 10 years on: the austerity con that shaped a decade "Those that insist that the markets are always right, and that the state just gets in the way of progress, can no longer be taken seriously. Austerity is a con, nothing but an excuse for further transferral of wealth, and we've all been played. We need a change in how we organise our society for the sake of our very lives, and the future of our society."

A great deal of the population was strung along with the idea that austerity was a necessity on a countrywide basis – why would the government be putting us through all this if it didn’t have to? But 10 years on from the financial crash of 2007-2008 the…
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Tony Blair has no right to lecture about ‘imperfect knowledge’

Former Prime Minister Tony Blair has launched a campaign to try to persuade the British people to change their minds about leaving the European Union. In a speech in London, he said that he respected the will of the people, but voters hadn’t been given…
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US Muslim Ban - history can't be allowed to repeat itself "History proves that time only repeats itself if lessons are not learnt. The Holocaust is what happens when institutionalised hatred goes unchallenged, it tells us of the human capacity for evil, and what can happen when we turn a blind eye. This time we must make our voices heard - we can all hold ourselves collectively responsible if we simply stand by and do nothing."

It almost feels like we are living through a chapter of history that we’d left behind. A minority is blamed and targeted, and most stand by and do nothing. Sound familiar? On International Holocaust Remembrance Day American president, Donald Trump signed…
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Capitalist inequality paved the way for Brexit and Trump "The world is bitterly divided at the moment, perhaps more so than in a long time - we must retreat from our own echo chambers and listen, challenge ideas instead of blindly dismissing them, and most importantly come together for the sake of humanity."

2016 was certainly a year of political upheaval, with major events on both sides of the Atlantic and an apparent changing of the tide in continental Europe too: not the year that many would or could have predicted. 2016 paved the way for a new kind of…
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