pennycole

About Penny Cole

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

The passionate logic of Evald Ilyenkov

Finding Evald Ilyenkov is a bit of a detective story, charting the rediscovery of long-buried events and writings by a remarkable Soviet-era philosopher.

Much of his work is only now becoming available in English and other languages, as the imperative to […]

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Climate change is destroying the soil we rely on

March 24th, 2019|real democracy|0 Comments

Mozambique will struggle to ever recover from the impact of Cyclone Idai, with “inland oceans” forming and the main port, Beira suffering 90% damage. Beira is crucial not only for Mozambique but also for landlocked Zimbabwe and Malawi. Mozambique […]

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There’s nothing green about bio-energy

The Bio-fuel Deception: Going Hungry on the Green Carbon Diet by Okbazghi Yohannes, Monthly Review Press, review by Penny Cole

The story of bio-fuels is a moral tale of how marketised, profit-driven […]

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Neoliberalism is the engine driving the climate crisis

February 27th, 2019|real democracy|0 Comments

 

A Presentation to South Shields meeting “Make 2019 the year Corbyn becomes PM” jointly organised by Real Democracy Movement – Penny Cole, on line from Lochwinnoch

The IPCC report that came out at the end of last year stated there […]

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Climate change actions for a Corbyn government

February 27th, 2019|climate change, real democracy|1 Comment

A programme of climate change action that a Labour government could implement. Presented by Penny Cole to  the Momentum South Tyneside-Real Democracy Movement ‘Make 2019 the year Corbyn becomes PM’ event in South Shields, February 23.

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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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