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Links 1 through 10 of 18 by Shaun Green tagged brighton

In 1921, Brighton was the second most densely populated county borough in the country after West Ham and, as a long-established town, a good deal of its housing was in worse condition than that of the London suburb.  If you associate it with Regency gentry or happy seaside holidays, this blog will show another side – a town with many slum homes and an urgent need to  better house its working-class population. But if council housing was the solution (as was accepted by nearly all in these days), the problem of making it affordable to the poorer working class remained a conundrum.

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On Saturday, I caught a train to the seaside with a group of apallingly-dressed white people. They were a gang of right-wing street bigots called Casuals United, and they'd decided to express their vague rage at a changing Britain by heading to Brighton for a Jubilee punch-up with local antifa.

Casuals United maintain that they don't have ties with the English Defence League, but they've shared piss-walls with EDL members at many marches and formed in response to the same incident (when Islamists turned up in Luton a few years ago to shout at British soldiers who'd just arrived home from Afghanistan).

Both groups also share a distate for "communists" and "PC bullshit", while harbouring justified but confusingly preoccupying fears of paedophiles and Sharia Law. The only thing that seems to separate them is that Casuals United describe themselves as "peaceful hooligans", though what happened in Brighton last weekend shows that up as bullshit.

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Defend free choice in Brighton – We are the pro-choice majority!

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There has been a disturbing rise in activity by anti-abortion campaigners in the UK. Even in supposedly right-on Brighton, fundamentalist Christians have been harassing women on and off for the last two years outside the BPAS abortion and contraception clinic. Armed with poster-sized pictures of aborted foetuses, and leaflets full with misinformation and bad science, they are claiming some measure of success in their attacks on vulnerable women trying to exercise their right to chose when and if to have a child. One blogger, writing on 'Christian Concern' wrote “My resolve was strengthened by seeing that campaigning can save lives. A young woman who was entering the clinic to abort at 22 weeks decided not to. I went away thanking God for two lives rescued - mum and baby.”

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Hailing from Brighton, Rooks are one of those new bands out there that were recommended to us off the strength of their debut video. The band were formed three members of other acts you may have heard of if you’re used to slipping on snot, sweat, blood and black vomit in underground punk venues across the UK. Rooks are the phoenix that flew from the collective ashes of balls-to-the-wall punks Phinius Gage, the slightly poppier Not Katies and the progressive hardcore outfit, Second Monday. They’ve already had a video banned and they’ve only released one single… the shouty, gnarly and instantly attention-grabbing ‘Bet It All On Black‘.

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Punk history of Brighton. Looks pretty cool.

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The Greens won control of the council in May and as a result everyone's now blaming each other for the lack of progress – even SchNEWS favourite Mike Weatherley found time to call the Greens “out of depth... Marxists”. One group everyone seems happy to attack are the squatters. Quite how they can be responsible for 3 decades of no new social housing or consecutive council administrations leaving buildings to rot is anyone's guess, and their presence can hardly be stopping building work since no-one's even confirmed to undertake it. The simple reason the squatters have been targeted is because they inadvertently highlighted the council's inaction around housing.
While power may still be a novelty to the Greens they have wasted little time in learning to lie like the rest of them saying that the council “tried hard to enter into a dialogue with the squatters [but they] refused to engage with our attempts to offer them housing advice and support.” In reality all attempts by the squatters to talk to the council were ignored or turned down.

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Thousands of us marched through Brighton, waving flags and cheering, throwing bricks through grocery store windows, kicking old ladies and punching kittens. Like the ‘we are the 99%’ lot in London, our goals were clear: “Death to the Queen!” we chanted. “Resurrect Stalin! Murder the rich and harvest their wine-pickled internal organs to trade on the Black Market for crack and child-porn! More terrorism now! Cancel Downton Abbey! Nuke Israel!”

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Brighton University's Vice Chancellor must be kicking himself. The university was on lock-down yesterday (Nov30), not out of support for the strike, but to prevent a possible occupation. Unfortunately for him, the students waited 'til the 2nd, when the uni was wide open and vulnerable again. Thirty plus occupiers are now camped out in the very public art gallery space and more are expected as the space gets established. They're protesting in solidarity with the public sector workers, against the increase in fees and the fact that the VC made noises in opposition to the White Paper to please students and staff  - and then signed a public letter to the government in support of fee increases. The uni is also targeted for their lack of transparency regarding links to dodgy private companies.

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