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School climate strikers lead the way to a democratic revolution

September 19th, 2019

Pupils on strike

Hundreds of thousands of people across the world are taking part in actions called by the School Climate Strikers ahead of the climate summit in […]

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Who am I? New work by Frances Aviva Blane

September 6th, 2019

“Beauty will be CONVULSIVE or it will not be at all”. The last sentence of André Breton’s 1928 Surrealist novel Nadja could have been written in reaction to the work of Frances Aviva Blane.

Her latest book, […]

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A democratic revolution is the way to oust Johnson regime

September 6th, 2019

democratic revolution

We are, as historian Simon Schama told BBC’s Newsnight, “living in a weird British revolutionary moment”. Different parts of the political system are at war with each other. The old […]

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Democracy reboot through a crowd-sourced charter

August 10th, 2019

In the radical spirit of the great reform movement, the Manchester People’s Assembly for Reform has launched a digital brainstorm to crowd-source ideas that rethink democracy.

Six Acts to Reboot Democracy launches this weekend as part of the celebrations/commemoration of […]

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How Labour can lead the fight to defy Johnson’s plan to sideline Parliament

August 6th, 2019

The UK ’s political system is on the brink of imploding. So when the Commons returns in early September, MPs, led by Labour, must be prepared to take drastic action to defy Boris Johnson’s plan to sideline Parliament.

A potentially […]

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How to block Johnson’s threat to ‘make Britain great again’

July 15th, 2019

Boris Johnson is a clear and present danger to the UK political system and to everyone’s democratic rights. Yet the man who is set to become prime minister next week is having a clear run at moving into 10 […]

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South Tyneside prepares for people-powered change

July 3rd, 2019

Local activists laid down a powerful marker towards creating a Citizens’ Assembly in South Tyneside at an initial event held at the South Shields Museum and Art Gallery on June 29. They included environmental campaigners, trade unionists, local councillors […]

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Glastonbury 2019: The kids are alright (reasons to be cheerful, 1,2,3…)

July 2nd, 2019

We are living in dark, unprecedented times and there are many reasons to feel despondent. I won’t dwell on these here.

This year’s Glastonbury story began with youth leader and grime artist (though I don’t doubt he’d make a good […]

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Semblance and reflection

June 25th, 2019

There is a tension, a longing, in this splendid first-ever retrospective of Peter Clossick’s work. Through prolonged observation and countless applications of the brush, pencil or charcoal he creates a sensuous image of inner thought.

This is slow object art. […]

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Parliament’s two civil wars: time for a special Labour conference

June 11th, 2019

As the Tories brutally turn on each other in their bid to replace Theresa May as prime minister, significant sections of the Parliamentary Labour Party have decided it’s time to launch yet another attack on Jeremy Corbyn’s leadership.

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Russia’s female firebrand – a history with blank spots

June 8th, 2019

The world is on fire but it’s a great time for art – thus Tate Modern’s director, Frances Morris, opening the first-ever UK show devoted to Russian artist Natalia Goncharova.

Political and constitutional crisis, the rise of populism and species […]

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Global economic car crash?

June 8th, 2019

The announced closure of Ford’s engine plant in Bridgend, South Wales in 2020 is emblematic of the continuing decline of capitalist production worldwide. In May, global manufacturing output crossed the […]

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