George Osborne suffered an embarrassing rebuff last night after peers threw out his plan for employees to sign away their legal rights in return for receiving shares in their companies worth as little as £2,000.
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Thursday 10 July 2008
UEFA have warned that players are becoming ever more powerful as a consequence of the Bosman ruling - and played down Sepp Blatter's suggestions they are slaves to clubs.
Thursday 10 July 2008
FIFA president Sepp Blatter believes Cristiano Ronaldo should be allowed to leave Manchester United for Real Madrid if he so desires, criticising a trend towards "modern slavery" in football.
Tuesday 01 July 2008
Femi Oguns' debut play, in which he also stars, is a contemporary Romeo and Juliet-type drama of young love fighting to survive in a world of corrosive enmities.
Wednesday 04 June 2008
Lordly lordy lord Miss Scarlett, this musical be one biiiiiig turkey! The Gone With The Wind musical in London – a thrilling experiment in singalong slavery and whoopin' white supremacy – is closing after six weeks. I sensed something was wrong when I settled into my seat and realised I was opposite a large sign saying "Negroes For Sale", with a group of black audience members sitting uncomfortably below. We watched – open-mouthed and gaping – for three-and-a-half hours as the Confederacy tap-danced and jazz-handed its way to defeat.
Friday 09 May 2008
Activists have outed a corporate dirty tricks operation tied to Burger King aimed at discrediting efforts to improve the often horrific conditions of migrant workers in Florida's tomato fields.
Monday 05 May 2008
Sunday 27 April 2008
You probably had to be there to feel the full effect, but Courtney Pine's reconvening of jazz big band the Warriors for last October's Barbican Abolition concert offers plenty of incidental delights.
Friday 11 April 2008
Devoted (if you credit the media) to booze, lechery and brawls, Britain seems to have reverted to its 18th-century manners. This outstanding history explains how the country first went "respectable". Spanning the age from the French Revolution to the arrival of Victoria, 1789 to 1837, Wilson shows how radicals and libertines looked on aghast as the evangelical middle-class hastened the spread of "cant" in a land of four-lettered freedom. It's a history of self-image as much as events: maybe Georgians were not so wild, proto-Victorians not so prim, as they thought. But even the high ideals of the prigs – such as anti-slavery – suffered from a taint of hypocrisy.
Friday 04 April 2008
Abraham Lincoln's heartfelt letter to youngsters who asked him to free America's "little slave children" has been sold at auction for $3.4m (£1.7m).
Friday 21 March 2008
Born in Pembroke around 1682, Bartolomew Roberts was a man of "energy, drive andability", who became the "greatest of allpirates" in every respect but one. Soon after his death, his "throat ripped out by grapeshot" during an encounter with the Royal Navy off West Africa in 1722, he was pretty much forgotten, though Long John Silver gives him a name-check in Treasure Island. Disinterred in Sanders's lively yarn, Roberts emerges as a pirate too late for the age of piracy, like the ageing gunslingers in The Wild Bunch. Ironically, the defeat of Roberts and his like "created a world safe for slavery".
Friday 07 March 2008
Through three individuals, Walvin explores the rise and fall of the British slave trade. John Newton, who was a slave trader from 1748 to 1752, wrote "Amazing Grace" in 1772, but it was another decade before he could admit his misdeeds. Thomas Thistlewood was a slave owner responsible for terrible cruelty and depravity, though he was a "bookish man" and a dedicated gardener. The slave is Olaudah Equiano, another bookish man who was kidnapped in England and enslaved in Montserrat. In this disturbing but gripping book, Walvin explains the British volte-face on slavery.
Sunday 10 February 2008
Tuesday 06 June 2006
Another day on red clay, another figure in the black for Rafael Nadal. The statistics will show that Lleyton Hewitt yesterday became the Spaniard's 57th successive victim on terre battue, but any impression that the French Open's defending champion is having an easy ride here would be thoroughly misleading.
Sunday 15 January 2006
- 1 What, let gays get married? We must be bonkers
- 2 'Something passed underneath us, quite close': Airbus A320 has close encounter with UFO
- 3 Rocky Horror star Tim Curry 'suffers major stroke'
- 4 Lord of the Sings: Sir Christopher Lee, 91, to release heavy metal album
- 5 Exclusive: Woolwich killings suspect Michael Adebolajo was inspired by cleric banned from UK after urging followers to behead enemies of Islam
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