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Author Archive | Laurie Penny

Panic on the Streets of London

I’m huddled in the front room with some shell-shocked friends, watching my city burn.  The BBC is interchanging footage of blazing cars and running street battles in Hackney, of police horses lining up in Lewisham, of roiling infernos that were once shops and houses in Croydon and in Peckham.  Last night, Enfield, Walthamstow, Brixton and […]

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Youth Politics and Revolution

Speech at the youth panel at the Compass conference “A New Hope,” 12 June 2010. Not every generation gets the politics it deserves.  When baby boomer journalists and politicians talk about engaging with youth politics, what they generally mean is engaging with a caucus of energetic, compliant under-25s who are willing to give their time […]

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