Paul Mason, Economics editor, Newsnight

Paul Mason Former economics editor, Newsnight

Paul is no longer with the BBC but we've left his page for reference

End of an era

30 September 2013

After 12 years on Newsnight, Economics editor Paul Mason has moved on to pastures new and this blog is now closed.

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Morocco accused of human rights breaches over migrants

4 September 2013

In the age of Bogart and Bacall, the Moroccan port of Tangier was deemed "international territory". It was a backdrop to intrigue and a centre for the rootless and displaced.

Today, this city, just eight miles (almost 13km) from the maritime border with Spain, is again a transit route for those seeking refuge or a better life.

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Online porn boom: Liberating minds or damaging brains?

14 August 2013
Pornography website page

"What's it like to work on Newsnight?" I've been asked that question many times as I report from workplaces across Britain, but never in a place like this.

It's a small industrial unit outside Birmingham and the man in the overalls, conversing casually with me about our respective jobs, is doing a particular kind of manual labour. The kind you need to do if you are a porn actor between takes.

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Is there a tech solution for hatred of women?

30 July 2013
Quinn Norton
US tech journalist Quinn Norton has spent years studying internet trolls

Since I've been on the trail of the people threatening high-profile women with rape on Twitter I've learned a lot. I get a fair amount of grief on social media, usually from the kind of people who get driven to using the F-word about Keynesianism, or the Laffer curve.

Now my timeline's been flooded with abuse - and its alter ego, gentle condescension laden with malice - from all kinds of trolls, griefers and flamers (the latter, one of the trolls explained, are not serious, adding that it is they, the trolls, who are the kings when it comes to ruining people's lives online).

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GDP figures offer hard evidence for political narrative

25 July 2013

Chancellor George Osborne put in a night shift in anticipation of today's GDP figures. He visited a bakery, a road works gang and then the night shift at Tesco's enormous distribution centre outside Rugby. Here he did what politicians do when given a hi-vis vest: he drove a fork-lift truck.

By daybreak the cause of this outbreak of energy was clear. Britain's economy is growing again. By 0.6% from April to June - and 1.4% year on year. And for the first time since 2010 all four main sectors of the economy were in positive territory, with the service sector in the lead.

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Shared symbolism of global youth unrest

20 June 2013
Anti-government protesters in Guy Fawkes masks in Ankara, Turkey (5 June 2013)

The language and the time zone changes but, from Turkey and Bulgaria to Brazil, the symbolism of protest is increasingly the same.

The Guy Fawkes masks, the erection of tent camps, the gas masks and helmets improvised in response to the use of tear gas as a means of collective punishment. The handwritten signs - scrawled in defiance of the state's power and the uniformity of the old, collective protests of yesteryear.

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Will gas canisters or yoga prevail in Turkish spring?

8 June 2013

Anti-government protesters are continuing to demonstrate in Istanbul's Taksim Square and elsewhere, despite Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan's demand for the protests to end.

When I was a kid, footballs were made of leather and when they got wet, and when you headed one, you came away with a stunned, slightly spacey feeling.

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About Paul

Paul joined the BBC in 2001, and left in autumn 2013.

He made his first live appearance on the day of 9/11 and covered the corporate scandals that followed: Enron and Worldcom.

He covered stories as diverse as Hurricane Katrina, gang violence on Merseyside, the social impact of mobile phones in Africa and the rise of Aymara nationalism in Bolivia.

Born in Leigh, Greater Manchester, in 1960 he studied music and politics at Sheffield University, switching to journalism in the early 1990s.

He is the author of two books: Live Working or Die Fighting, How The Working Class Went Global and Meltdown: The End of the Age of Greed.

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