The Daily Telegraph ranked Penny as the 55th most influential left winger in Britain, reporting that she is “without doubt the loudest and most controversial female voice on the radical left.”
Penny’s blog, “Penny Red”, was launched in 2007 and was shortlisted for the Orwell Prize in 2010. (The name Penny Red refers to a Victorian stamp.) She began her career as a staff writer at One in Four magazine and then worked as a reporter and sub-editor for the socialist newspaper Morning Star. She has written columns and features for several publications, and is a columnist for the New Statesman and regular contributor to The Guardian. Penny is the author of Meat Market: Female Flesh Under Capitalism (Zero Books, 2011). In it she mounts an attack on liberal feminism, which she characterises as embracing the consumer choice offered by capitalism as the path to female emancipation.
In April 2011, Penny presented the Channel 4 Dispatches programme “Cashing In on Degrees”, and appeared on the same channel’s satirical current affairs programme 10 O’Clock Live. and BBC Two’s Newsnight.
Penny was selected by Truthdig as “Truthdigger of the Week” for the week of 25 November 2011. In 2012, Tatler magazine described her as one of top 100 ‘people who matter’.
On 26 March 2012, Penny announced via her Twitter account that she was leaving the Statesman to take up a full-time post at The Independent newspaper as a reporter and columnist.
In June 2012, she clashed with historian David Starkey at the Sunday Times Festival of Education which took place at Wellington College, accusing him of being a racist “playing xenophobia for laughs” in his statements about the Rochdale ‘grooming’ case.
‘Shock jock’ Alex Jones exploded on BBC/Andrew Neil’s “Sunday Politics” show recently and Brits were aghast. This man was clearly insane, opined the host, while making circling gestures around his head indicating mental instability, “We have an idiot on the program today.”
24-hours later a video of the appearance surpassed 1 mn. views on YouTube and this is the point.
Is this just a stunt or is there something more at play here?
In two words: Nigel Farage. Nigel is one of the most radical populists in British politics in years and thanks to indie media stars like Alex Jones, he’s somewhat ‘out of the mainstream’ – if you follow the UK press while he accumulates – what some now estimate – 15% of the British popular vote; and trending higher.
When compared to what Alex Jones is blaring at the top of his lungs to a huge British audience of millions who tune into his show regularly, an upstart politician like Farage – with a radical populist agenda – appears reasonable. It’s the old ‘good cop, bad cop’ routine played for votes (Ron and Rand Paul have appeared on Alex Jones’ show in the US increasing their political fortunes enormously using the same technique). (more…)
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Thanks to NSA/Prism, America has become a crazed loon in the corner ofthe psych ward, masturbating; babbling about world power and God.
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