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Protest against the latest fiasco in the privatised rail industry

On Thursday of this week campaign group We Own It staged an action at King’s Cross station in London. The aim of the action was to draw attention to the costs to the public of subsidising the private companies who operate Britain’s rail services. In this case the operators of the East coast rail franchise […]


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Review: The Therapy Industry – Paul Maloney

This is a review of Paul Maloney’s book criticising the Therapy Industry. Maloney is a practising clinical psychologist. His criticisms of therapy are those of someone who is engaged in clinical practice in the NHS. This grounding makes for a different kind of criticism than the kind based on cultural analysis, for example, that of […]


Towards the Horizon – Emil Gataullin

This is a book of the photographs of Russian photographer Emil Gataullin. Emil Gataullin came to public attention after he won the Alfred Fried Awards competition in 2014 with a photograph of two boys upside down on a swing. This photograph is included in the book. Emil Gataullin is based in Moscow where he works as […]


Officious – Josie Appleton

For several years Appleton has been documenting the ever-increasing reach of petty bureaucracy in the UK. She has focussed on several areas including: ‘Safeguarding’ and the notorious ‘Criminal Records Checks’ (now re-branded as ‘DBS’ checks), excesses of local authority litter enforcement officers, the introduction of ‘Public Space Protection Orders’, controls on photography, and many other […]


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Propaganda in the Economist

There is an article in this week’s Economist magazine about Russian military power. The opening paragraph contains a phrase along the lines of “since Russia’s invasion of Eastern Ukraine in 2014”. No such invasion has taken place. Whoever wrote this (the article is not attributed) is insane or evil. – This is really the only question worth […]


Manipulating the public mood in relation to the poisoning of Sergei Skripal

A quick glance at the tabloids shows anti-Russia hysteria in full-swing. A careful bit of news management (MI5’s forte) has released into the public domain that Sergei Skripal was poisoned with a ‘nerve agent’. That’s enough to make everyone who thinks casually about these matters think ‘Russia’ and ‘state actor’. But not enough to enable […]


Misery Marketing

As a keen observer of social trends the New Observer watches for developments in marketing techniques. Because all these people (marketeers) are relentless copiers once a new technique emerges it soon becomes widespread. ‘Misery marketing’ is a new technique. This is quite a subtle one. It works with a little twist at the end. In […]

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