Supersize prison profits

Article published: Wednesday, April 24th 2013

“Supersize” Titan prisons are back on the agenda despite being scrapped four years ago due to widespread opposition.

Reclaiming whose city?

Article published: Wednesday, April 4th 2012

A fortnight ago, MULE reported on the arrest of six people who had squatted the disused Kro2 bar on Oxford Road against plans to turn the site into a Tesco – and more broadly against the steady “corporate takeover” of the city centre. How do incoming proposals to criminalise squatting in residential properties relate to Manchester’s shifting character? And what are the underlying forces behind these changes?

“Why are we here again?” The riots eight months on

Article published: Monday, March 19th 2012

Upon his return from holiday last August, David Cameron denounced the riots as “criminality pure and simple”. Arguably little else has emerged from his government in response.

By repeating baseless attacks on students, MEN is the GMP’s enabler

Article published: Friday, January 28th 2011

Yesterday the Manchester Evening News published a stern warning from a Greater Manchester Police (GMP) senior officer to those attending Saturday’s protest to behave themselves – a somewhat strange intervention considering that in last year’s protests most disturbances seemed to be committed by the police. In doing this is the MEN reporting on real ‘news’ […]

For a generation excluded, lawful dissent is redundant

Article published: Tuesday, December 14th 2010

Among the predictable stream of condemnation for the ‘violent’ protestors on the December 9 demonstration against tuition fees, it was pleasing to hear David Cameron say that it was time to stop talking about them as a “small minority.” “There were,” he said, “quite a lot of people who were hell bent on violence and […]

Fictional Crime Drama: Chris Grayling's warped view of Moss Side

Article published: Thursday, August 27th 2009

Epsom in Surrey, an affluent commuter town on the chalk downs of Surrey that Location, Location, Location named the ‘Best place to Live in the UK’ in 2005. It’s just the kind of place you might expect to find a man like Chris Grayling, the Shadow Home Secretary. Grayling is an Oxbridge graduate, and before […]