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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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Fracking is Cracking Up

January 8th, 2019

Fracking has been described as a ponzi scheme. And that’s pretty much what it is. In a recent report I published for Frackwatch that focused on the relationship with fracked gas and the plastics industry, I highlighted the […]

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Beyond Wigan: themes & actions

December 22nd, 2018

The world of work – global precarity and inequality

 

It’s the shock doctrine in action.

The major focus of neo-liberalism has been to destroy workers’ rights and drive down wages by creating self-employed precarious workers – or oppressed workers with no […]

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Why capitalism is crisis

December 21st, 2018

Pre-Christmas headlines about the economy, local and global, tell their own story.

UK: “Asos slumps on profit alert as retail bloodbath spreads online”;
Canada: “Alberta is in panic mode” as oil […]

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Why a second referendum would be a big mistake

December 4th, 2018

As the political crisis over Brexit spins out of control, support for a second referendum – also known as a “people’s vote” – seems to be gathering momentum in and outside Parliament. In my view, going down this road […]

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Mapping out the road from Wigan Pier

December 2nd, 2018

Wigan PierWigan – the name is full of resonance. Little did we know that our meeting place, Sunshine House, was close to the old tripe shop where writer George Orwell penned […]

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Precarious work in Neoliberal Britain

December 1st, 2018

Introduction by Dan McMahon to the session:

Globalised precarity & inequality – beyond the gig economy

Why precarity & inequality are the new normal
Can AI benefit the 99%?
Technology as a liberatory tool
Achieving co-ownership and control of the corporations
What to do with […]

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