Samira Shackle is a freelance journalist, who tweets @samirashackle. She was formerly a staff writer for the New Statesman.

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The Staggers
09 February 2012
Ignoring the ruling of the European Court of Human Rights would set a dangerous precedent. The furore over extremist...
The Staggers
08 February 2012
The Health and Social Care Bill has had anything but an easy ride. A year on from its introduction, the bill -- more...
The Staggers
07 February 2012
If there was ever an anti-climax, it was the Whole of Government Accounts (WGA). The publication of a report detailing...
The Staggers
06 February 2012
Another day, another Nazi jibe -- this time from Alex Salmond, who has described a senior BBC official as a "...
The Staggers
02 February 2012
 In a ruling on 31 January, the BBC Trust defended its decision to censor the word "Palestine" from a...
The Staggers
02 February 2012
 "This is not football, this is a war and people are dying in front of us. There is no movement and no...
The Staggers
31 January 2012
Sir Fred Goodwin, former head of the Royal Bank of Scotland and national hate figure, is to be stripped of his...
Star Spangled Staggers
31 January 2012
Newt Gingrich's victory in South Carolina looked as if it could reset the Republican primary race. But the day of the...
The Staggers
30 January 2012
When tuition fee increases were anounced last winter, angry students stormed Millbank. Now, in the first year after...
Books
30 January 2012
The best way to avoid getting offended, Salman Rushdie once advised, is "to shut a book". That, or banning...
The Staggers
29 January 2012
A referendum on Scottish independence, currently scheduled for autumn 2014, may still be a way off, but public opinion...
The Staggers
28 January 2012
George Osborne has said that Britain could provide more funds to the IMF if there is a "strong case" for an...
The Staggers
28 January 2012
Labour has continued it's bid for "economic credibility". The latest shadow cabinet member to throw himself...
Energy Security
27 January 2012
UK/EU energy policy.
The Staggers
27 January 2012
Stephen Hester, the head of the Royal Bank of Scotland, is to receive a bonus of £963,000. Predictably, this has...

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