Unasked questions about Murdoch’s influence

The Labour Party got a lot of mileage from David Cameron’s refusal to give a straight answer in Parliament on Wednesday. Watching minister after minister ask him whether he had discussed the BSkyB during any of his meetings with representatives of News International, I was struck by the unasked question.

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My piece in the Guardian on News International and the NUJ

I’ve written a new piece for the Guardian, which you can read here: The NUJ could have saved the News of the World

I’ve also done a playlist of trade union songs if you want to listen to some radical tunes, which you can watch on Youtube.

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Reflections on the 26 March demo

Carrying the NUJ banner on 26 MarchI spent quite a few hours on Saturday, 26 March, walking the streets of London fairly slowly with approximately half a million other people. Some of the time I carried a flag, for a short while I help carry the national banner of my union, the National Union of Journalists. When I finally got to Hyde Park, some friends and I walked down towards Victoria Station to find a pub for a much needed drink, then my partner and I went and got some food and finally home, exhausted.

That was probably like the experience of most of the rest of the 500,000 marchers at the TUC’s long-awaited March for the Alternative. Amongst those who walked themselves to exhaustion and then went hope were probably quite a number of other anarchists like me.

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A day on the picket line

I got the train down to Brighton today to show solidarity with striking colleagues at the Argus who are fighting plans to move their subbing operation to Southampton.

After a quick diversion to pick up a box of Krispy Kreme doughnuts for the strikers, I hopped in a cab and headed to the Argus offices.

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Vice President of the NUJ – what I want to do.

I was elected unopposed as Vice President of the NUJ last week, so I didn’t need to print out my leaflet for the ADM. However, I think it’s worth getting out there, so here are the reasons I wanted to be elected.

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Rich Simcox for editor of the Journalist

Vote Rich!

No, that doesn’t mean support the Tories (“we are all in this together” my arse).

Ballot papers went out today to NUJ members asking them to chose the next editor of the Journalist. This very important post is responsible for the print magazine, but will increasingly be doing things online.

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