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
15 February 2012
In this week's New Statesman cover story, the former chief UN weapons inspector and ex-head of the International Atomic...
The Staggers
15 February 2012
Anyone who's ever come home from a night out with an empty wallet will groan at the thought, but David Cameron is to...
The Staggers
14 February 2012
If you're struggling to let that special someone know how you feel this Valentine's Day, look no further than these...
The Staggers
14 February 2012
 Hat-tip: Guido Fawkes
The Staggers
13 February 2012
Tony Blair is back. After a long break from domestic politics, the former prime minister has met with Labour MPs to...
Star Spangled Staggers
10 February 2012
 When Maureen Walsh, Republican Representative for Walla Walla, gave a heartfelt speech in favour of legalising...
The Staggers
10 February 2012
It has been a bad week for Andrew Lansley. David Cameron may have said this week that the Health Secretary has his...
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...

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