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How can they go on?

If this post by John Wight doesn’t mark the rotten dead end of the Socialist Unity blog, I’m not sure what will. Update (from Sarah AB) John Wight has indicated he posted this in a satirical spirit.

Is it real or Photoshopped?

Here’s a quick guide. Real: Photoshopped (see here):

:-) turns 30

According to today’s highlights in history: On Sept. 19, 1982, the smiley emoticon was invented as Carnegie Mellon University professor Scott E. Fahlman proposed punctuating humorously intended computer messages by employing a colon followed by a hyphen and a parenthesis as a horizontal “smiley face.” :-) It’s my personal belief that this particular emoticon is […]

Nicki Minaj, ‘Akbar’ and valet keys

There seems to be a twitter storm in a tea-cup regarding a mix-tape by the hip-hop artist Nicki Minaj. Minaj is a successful music artist. Her recent album, Roman Reloaded, sold over 1 million copies. In a mix tape titled ‘Beam me up Scotty’, Minaj makes a reference to ‘Akbar’ and the traditional Arab greeting […]

Dress Down Friday comes early on Socialist Unity.

There were mixed responses to Andy Newman’s choice of illustration for his post on sex working and unionisation. (You won’t be able to follow the link so here is the URL – Organising Sex Workers Sheffielder got in first with: I thought i had accidentally clicked on one of my other favourite sites for a […]

An exciting opportunity to – write for Socialist Unity.

In an ecumenical spirit, I am forwarding a request for guest posts from Tony Collins: There are a few ground rules. 1) We have our red lines. This site is absolutely, unwaveringly anti-imperialist and anti-Islamophobia. Please don’t write saying we need to defeat “terror” or whatever the propaganda word of the month is. And don’t […]

Ten things they hate about you?

Here Bob from Brockley links to some self-deprecating ‘what they say about me’ quotes on histomatist’s blog. – and adds a few of his own, some good, some bad.  Are there any choice descriptions of themselves HP readers would like to share?  Approving ones if you like – although insulting ones will probably be more […]

The Power of Twitter

A few hours ago I posed a simple question on Twitter: Who originally coined the phrase, “Beer and sandwiches at number 10”? I added that “I would appreciate a reliable source reference.” This was picked up by @citizen_sane and @JohnRentoul. The latter found researching the question interesting and proceeded to write a blog post on the […]


An observation on another thread that the comments on Harry’s Place seemed more ‘personal’ than those on Liberal Conspiracy has prompted me to think about the effects that the blogging – and particularly the commenting – physical interface can have on the tone of the discussions. The front page of Lib Con is quite busy […]

Tom MacMaster and the Two-Faced Bloggers

by Joseph W The Tom MacMaster debacle has sparked a debate about online identity, which the BBC has picked up on. It has been revealed this week, that not only Tom MacMaster was faking a blog identity as the pretend-lesbian “Amina Arraf”, but also that “Paula Brooks” was actually Bill Graber – another straight American white man. In […]