About Penny Cole

I live in Battlefield, Glasgow and I am active in Real Democracy Movement, SANE (Solidarity Against Neo-Liberal Extremism) and the movement against unconventional oil and gas extraction.

Eco-crisis at a tipping point

Presentation by Penny Cole at Getting to Grips with Neoliberalism teach/learn-in at Wigan, November 24

The chart shows that during the entire neoliberal period of globalisation, as the science of climate change became ever clearer, emissions continued to rise.

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No “hostile environment” in Glasgow

August 3rd, 2018|real democracy|0 Comments

Suddenly, and in the face of big community opposition, an attempt is being made to make Glasgow a hostile environment for migrants.

First, it was exposed that SERCO was planning to put 330 migrants and their families out on the […]

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States abandon people to climate-driven destruction

August 29th, 2017|real democracy|0 Comments

The flooding in South Texas, Louisiana and beyond is an expression of the crisis of global and national governance that has abandoned people to the impacts of climate change.

The world has watched astonished as the authorities in Houston, one […]

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The system crashed – reboot with real democracy

June 18th, 2017|real democracy|0 Comments

The aftermath of the fire at Grenfell Tower has shown that the state is no longer fit for purpose. It cannot help its citizens. It can only help the elite – and itself.

Where is Kensington & Chelsea council? Where […]

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Voting Labour’s a tough call for Scots, but one we need to make

The public in Scotland has not really had a chance to consider the GE2017 proposals put forward by Corbyn and May – because Scottish Labour and Tories never get beyond telling people: “WE are the only party that can stop a new […]

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Voting cypher v. Real Democracy

May 15th, 2017|real democracy|0 Comments

The reason we obsess about where to place our vote is a symbol of our disempowerment not our power. I’ve been following/commenting in a LONG thread with Facebook friends and contacts about how to vote in Scotland – SNP, […]

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When Trump calls “fake news”, remember who his friends are

Penny Cole, a member of the National Union of Journalists Glasgow Branch, marks May 3, World Press Freedom day

Three of Trump’s global friends have their own solution to “fake news” – […]

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For a people’s independence for Scotland

We are in a different world politically since the first referendum on Scottish independence was held in September 2014. The vote for Brexit is driving a continuous crisis of the UK […]

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United Against Fracking

November 14th, 2016|Support|1 Comment

15037204_10154728001199993_177587193187308821_n-1Forcing fracking on communities, the government shows it functions as the strong arm of the fossil fuel industry.

Thousands gathered in Manchester to protest against the government’s plans to impose the fracking industry […]

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Tackling climate change demands democratic revolution

October 28th, 2016|Support|0 Comments

14202747_10154504451539993_2947442714912415476_nThe Tory government’s decision to allow a third runway at Heathrow Airport underlines how the political and corporate worlds have become entirely estranged from the real world. This is an outcome of the fundamental alienation […]

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5 questions for democracy

April 26th, 2016|Support|0 Comments

red-rounded-with-number-5-clip-artIt’s time to look out for ourselves and each other, and to build the social and economic landscape anew, because our elected politicians are unwilling and unable to act on behalf […]

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Bring activists into the debate

March 24th, 2016|Support|2 Comments


So, I’ve been thinking about a focus on this thing called democracy. and whether it’s the hook to hang a way out of all this crap. As part of this, me […]

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