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Constitution is broken – let the people make a new one

March 19th, 2019

Such is the fragility of the political system in Britain that it only takes a few words in the shape of an indicative ruling by the Speaker of the House of Commons to spark off what the government’s Solicitor […]

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There’s nothing green about bio-energy

March 19th, 2019

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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Schools Strike 4 Climate Action

March 15th, 2019

Schools Strike 4 Climate ActionPhoto report of the London action by Peter Arkell

Tens of thousands of school students around the world have walked out on strike on March 15 to demand […]

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Sleaford Mods & Liines gig review

March 12th, 2019

It was International Women’s Day and Liines were doing themselves proud to a big crowd, who quickly warm to this 3 piece from Manchester and for good reason. There’s a non pretentious style & substance to this band, all in […]

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Neoliberalism is the engine driving the climate crisis

February 27th, 2019

 

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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South Shields takes on fight against neoliberalism

February 27th, 2019

A hugely successful ‘Make 2019 the year Corbyn becomes PM’ meeting in South Shields agreed a programme of action to take the fight against neoliberalism and for real democracy into other parts of the North East.

Jointly organised by Momentum […]

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Climate change actions for a Corbyn government

February 27th, 2019

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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In the midst of splits and political meltdown, a way forward for Labour 

February 20th, 2019

The resignation of eight Labour MPs and three Tories from their parties in order to form a reactionary “Independent” Group in the House of Commons is a clear indication that the present Parliamentary system is in the midst of […]

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School pupils strike back

February 15th, 2019

Pupils on strike

We’re missing our lessons so we can teach you one”, read one of the many home-designed banners at the school strike for Climate Action rally in London’s Whitehall. Thousands of […]

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Poetry as witness and engine of change

February 12th, 2019

In Birds of East London Stephen Watts invites us into “an opening onto an open field”. There is “no gate to be climbed through in my lyric” he says. And yet the brief lines that follow are truly challenging […]

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Ruskin – a man of his time and of our time

February 7th, 2019

Events around the country are celebrating the bi-centenary of John Ruskin’s birth on 8 February – #Ruskin200. Thinker, campaigner, artist, scientist, educator and social critic John Ruskin was one of the most contradictory of all the famous Victorians.

He was […]

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Don McCullin’s photographic voice for the people

February 5th, 2019

The photographs are stunning, of war and poverty and suffering mainly, all in black and white and accompanied in each of the ten display rooms by a revealing quote from the photographer who took them – Don McCullin.

McCullin who […]

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