Jack Farmer

Putting Socialism back on the agenda

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Estelle Cooch and Jack Farmer spoke to Owen Jones, a left wing member of the Labour Party and author of Chavs, about New Labour, capitalism and the demonisation of the working class

What was it that first motivated you to write Chavs?

Above all it was to put class on the agenda. I wanted to challenge this idea that we're all middle class now and that all that remains of the working class is a feckless rump. The point is that if you don't have class, then you don't have class politics and if you don't have class politics, then you don't have a left.

The NHS bill: a briefing

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The government's Health and Social Care Bill will spell the end of the NHS as we know it

The National Health Service has a constitution which sets out the framework of principles within which healthcare is provided in England. The government's Health and Social Care Bill, which is currently being considered in the House of Lords, has caused widespread alarm among health workers, patients and the public. The perception is that this bill forces the NHS to privatise - and this perception is correct.

When compared with the principles set out in the constitution, it becomes clear that the bill is intended to destroy the NHS as we know it.
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The legacy of September 11

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The 11 September terror attacks were used to justify the West's "war on terror". But what is the legacy of 9/11 today?

On the face of it, 9/11 appears to be the defining moment of the last decade. The attacks in New York provided a provocation against which the US, with Britain as a key ally, could prosecute what became known as the "war on terror". In reality, this was to be the execution of a strategy that had been discussed in Washington years before.

Daylight Robbery

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In the face of last month's rioting, David Cameron responded with all the eloquence of a Daily Express columnist after a double espresso.

"For too long we've taken a too soft attitude towards people that loot and pillage their own community. If you do that you should lose your right to the sort of housing that you've had at subsidised rates."

An uncharitable listener might have pointed out that council housing isn't subsidised at all. In fact, council house tenants subsidise the Treasury to the tune of about £1.8 billion a year taken from their rents. No wonder the campaign group Defend Council Housing calls it daylight robbery.

Life in a Day

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Director: Kevin Macdonald

Life in a Day starts with a simple premise, which results in a simple film. The producers put out a call for people across the world to film themselves for one day, 24 July 2010. Many responded, documenting their lives and uploading the resulting video to YouTube. This provided the filmmakers with some 1,500 hours of footage, from which they have made a feature length film.

Making a stand with Iran's Green Movement

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In 2009 a mass movement was born in the streets of Iran, mobilising millions in opposition to the disputed re-election of President Ahmadinejad. Jack Farmer and Peyman Jafari spoke to author Hamid Dabashi about being an opponent of both the Iranian regime and Western imperialism


You have described the Green Movement in Iran that emerged after the 2009 presidential elections as a civil rights movement, rather than an attempt to overthrow the whole political order. Do you think the Green Movement will eventually have to pose a fundamental political challenge to the regime?

The contours of class

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The huge TUC organised demonstration in March has shown that the working class is still a force to be reckoned with. Mark L Thomas looks at the reality of class in Britain today, while Jack Farmer unpicks the debate within the Labour Party over how to relate to the cuts

After the huge TUC-organised anti-cuts demonstration at the end of March, one thing should be clear: the contours of British society remain profoundly shaped by class.

It wasn't just that the 26 March protest was huge, though it was. With at least 500,000 demonstrating - perhaps even as many as 750,000 - it was the second biggest demonstration in British history, after the February 2003 anti-war march.

Creating cities without imagination

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New Labour placed great emphasis on urban regeneration, but with deeply conflicting results. Owen Hatherley spoke to Alan Kenny and Jack Farmer about his new book and Britain's ruinous architecture.


Owen Hatherley

How did growing up in Southampton affect your view of architecture?

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