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Gagging order passed and the heavy cost to democracy

Gagging order passed and the heavy cost to democracy

The ‘Transparency in Lobbying, Non-Party Campaigning, and Trade Union Administration Bill’, or – as it is commonly known known – ‘the gagging bill’, was passed into law last week. It contains three major provisions regulating trade unions, lobbying and non-party campaigning in the run up to elections, and is supposedly…

Clapton: Frontline of class cleansing in the East End

Clapton: Frontline of class cleansing in the East End

Formerly known as ”murder mile”, Clapton was infamous for its gun and drug-related crime rather than its crêperies and coffee houses. Now, dubbed the frontline of Hackney’s gentrification, Clapton has undergone dramatic change. Absorbing the overspill from its increasingly gentrified neighbours, Dalston and Stoke Newington, E5 has been dramatically “yummified”.…

Domestic violence: Why are we still Counting Dead Women?

Domestic violence: Why are we still Counting Dead Women?

I can still recall what it felt like when my ex raised his arm, fist clenched, hovering momentarily, threatening to punch me. His eyes were bulging and his face was sick with rage. I felt terror, defeat but also defiance. Just enough to get out of the relationship – eventually.…

A “Bulls**t Free Zone”? The Hypocrisy of Startup Culture

A “Bulls**t Free Zone”? The Hypocrisy of Startup Culture

As if Internet acronyms weren’t already so difficult to decipher—ROFL, LMFAO, YOLO—the workplace now produces its very own. GSD, or Get Shit Done, is, according to the Evening Standard, ‘the new buzz acronym of the start-up world.’ Google ‘Get Shit Done’, and you’re lead to the curiously named Startup Vitamins,…

The voice of a generation?: If ‘Girls’ was set in Lewisham

The voice of a generation?: If ‘Girls’ was set in Lewisham

Every mention of Lena Dunham, creator of TV sensation “Girls”, seems to be accompanied by the unshakable assumption that she is “the voice of a generation”with a finger on the pulse of  “the real-life problems of modern twenty-somethings” in the grip of painful duties such as paying bills, trying to…

A nation of late-movers: why more young people than ever are living at home

A nation of late-movers: why more young people than ever are living at home

My boiler broke today. In perfect timing for the end of the blessed Indian summer and the return of good old freezing winter. Great! As the independent young woman that I am, having lived on my own since age 18, I obviously knew what to do. Call Dad. Five minutes…

Support the strike: why ELL backs university staff in industrial action

Support the strike: why ELL backs university staff in industrial action

  Student journalists who produce Eastlondonlines are backing today’s national strike action by university staff in support of an increased pay offer. We believe that if we do not, universities will become undesirable places to work, some of the country’s most skilled and knowledgeable professionals will pursue careers away from…

Why UCU members are balloting for action

Why UCU members are balloting for action

The University and College Union (UCU) are currently balloting its members to decide whether or not to take industrial action over a “miserly” 1 per cent pay offer. Des Freedman, the Secretary of Goldsmiths, University of London’s UCU branch told EastLondonLines why he believes that industrial action is the answer.…

“Blood Stained Headlines– the Woolwich Murder

“Blood Stained Headlines– the Woolwich Murder

“Blood Stained Headlines– the Woolwich Murder and Multicultural Life” by Professor Les Back, Goldsmiths The deafening frequency of the sirens on Wednesday night was reminiscent of London after the 7th July bombings as the police cars and vans hurtled down the New Cross Road towards Woolwich. It is the soundtrack…

Where does your tip go – to the boss or the staff?

Where does your tip go – to the boss or the staff?

Heather Saul on how serving staff are deprived of the tips paid for their work. A bar tender drops a cocktail at work. She has worked there for many years, and – unusually – has never dropped one before. The full asking price of this cocktail (not the cost price)…