Donald Hirsch, Loughborough University A competition among political parties to promise a more attractive minimum or “living” wage is new to British elections. The National Minimum Wage (NMW) is now nearly 20 years old, but Labour in power was always cautious about its level. The Conservatives, meanwhile, initially opposed it. But a burgeoning living wage […]
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A huge throng of female protesters rallied wearing symbols of unity, challenging the decisions of those in power. News reports demonised them and branded them whores, bawds, and even ‘scum of the suburbs’, but they defiantly lined the streets of Westminster, coming together outside the Houses of Parliament, and demanding an end to the English […]
Sport and the Troubles in Northern Ireland: A unique view of the Maze Prison’s sectarian sporting culture
Professor Alan Bairner was given access to Maze Prison’s paramilitary prisoners in Northern Ireland in the 1990s. After a scores of discussions with both republican (IRA) and loyalist (UDA, UVF and LVF) inmates, Professor Bairner hoped to learn about the role sport had taken in shaping their beliefs and everyday lives.