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

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