Laurie Penny

Laurie Penny is a columnist for The Independent

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Laurie Penny: Don't listen to what G4S say. Look at what they do

The security company will be patrolling the London Olympics with more than 10,000 agents

Laurie Penny: Shame has become our stick for beating the poor

Single mother Shanene Thorpe was squeezed by the BBC into a caricature: shameless scrounger

Laurie Penny: It's not good enough just to want to be in power

Many cling to a sense that if we only wait long enough, fairness and equality will eventually come about

Laurie Penny: Why do so many men
harass women on the streets?

For many women, being wolf-whistled is as hurtful as being

groped, slapped or flashed. So why do men do it?

Protesters clash with mounted police during a march through Chicago before the Nato summit

Laurie Penny: In the age of camera phones the message is that protesters are watching police too

Eyewitness: There are droves of old-school peace activists and war veterans, but many of the younger attendees have a broader economic agenda

Environmental activists lie in the street during an anti-Nato rally outside the Canadian consulate in Chicago

‘All we want to do is work, to be able to support ourselves. But thanks to the rich being greedy, we can’t even have that’

Laurie Penny joins the hordes of alienated young Americans descending on Chicago for a showdown with politicians they blame for the financial crisis

Mona Eltahawy is recovering the use of her hands in New York

Mona Eltahawy: Egypt's angry young woman

Sexually assaulted in Tahrir Square, she fought back by denouncing Arab men's attitudes to women – and starting a storm. Laurie Penny meets her

Money can buy the best teachers and the smallest classes

Laurie Penny: Yes, Mr Gove, I enjoyed an expensive education, but I'm still not on your team

At Westminster School, the 500-year-old institution opposite Parliament where a huge proportion of British thinkers, academics, artists, actors, politicians and military leaders were educated, there is a tradition called the Greaze.

Laurie Penny: Gay marriage is one thing the Tories really don't get

For most Conservative policy-makers, gay rights are a matter of political expediency, not principle

Laurie Penny: A papier-mâché puppet and a badly tuned guitar... how to go on strike when you haven't got a job

Whatever happens on 1 May, it is doubtful that capitalism will fall

Day In a Page

Some are reformed drug addicts. Some are single mums. All are on benefits. But now these so-called 'scroungers’ are fighting back

The 'scroungers’ fight back

The welfare claimants battling to alter stereotypes
Amazing video shows Nasa 'flame extinguishment experiment' in action

Fireballs in space

Amazing video shows Nasa's 'flame extinguishment experiment' in action
A Bible for billionaires

A Bible for billionaires

Find out why America's richest men are reading John Brookes
Paranoid parenting is on the rise - and our children are suffering because of it

Paranoid parenting is on the rise

And our children are suffering because of it
For sale: Island where the Magna Carta was sealed

Magna Carta Island goes on sale

Yours for a cool £4m
Phone hacking scandal special report: The slide into crime at the 'News of the World'

The hacker's tale: the slide into crime at the 'News of the World'

Glenn Mulcaire was jailed for six months for intercepting phone messages. James Hanning tells his story in a new book. This is an extract
We flinch, but there are degrees of paedophilia

We flinch, but there are degrees of paedophilia

Child abusers are not all the same, yet the idea of treating them differently in relation to the severity of their crimes has somehow become controversial
The truth about conspiracy theories is that some require considering

The truth about conspiracy theories is that some require considering

For instance, did Isis kill the Israeli teenagers to trigger a war, asks Patrick Cockburn
Alistair Carmichael: 'The UK as a whole is greater than the sum of its parts'

Alistair Carmichael: 'The UK as a whole is greater than the sum of its parts'

Meet the man who doesn't want to go down in history as the country's last Scottish Secretary
Legoland Windsor's master model-makers reveal the tricks of their trade (including how to stop the kids wrecking your Eiffel Tower)

Meet the people who play with Lego for a living

They are the master builders: Lego's crack team of model-makers, who have just glued down the last of 650,000 bricks as they recreate Paris in Windsor. Susie Mesure goes behind the scenes
The 20 best days out for the summer holidays: From Spitfires to summer ferry sailings

20 best days out for the summer holidays

From summer ferry sailings in Tyne and Wear and adventure days at Bear Grylls Survival Academy to Spitfires at the Imperial War Museum Duxford and bog-snorkelling at the World Alternative Games...
Open-air theatres: If all the world is a stage, then everyone gets in on the act

All the wood’s a stage

Open-air productions are the cue for better box-office receipts, new audiences, more interesting artistic challenges – and a picnic
Rand Paul is a Republican with an eye on the world

Rupert Cornwell: A Republican with an eye on the world

Rand Paul is laying out his presidential stall by taking on his party's disastrous record on foreign policy
Self-preservation society: Pickles are moving from the side of your plate to become the star dish

Self-preservation society

Pickles are moving from the side of your plate to become the star dish
Generation gap opens a career sinkhole

Britons live ever longer, but still society persists in glorifying youth

We are living longer but considered 'past it' younger, the reshuffle suggests. There may be trouble ahead, says DJ Taylor