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South Tyneside prepares for people-power...

South Tyneside prepares for people-powered change

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 as well as members of political parties. A planning group was established and will meet later […]

Fracking is the failure of democracy – s

Fracking is the failure of democracy – so say today’s Suffragettes

Several hundred women from around the country took up the call of the Women of Lancashire to demonstrate in Parliament Square on Wednesday. Dressed in white costumes with suffragette sashes, they raised their voices demanding an end to fracking. Meanwhile, inside Westminster Hall, MPs debated and questioned Claire Perry, Minister of State at the Department […]

Tories ignore global heatwave and give b...

Tories ignore global heatwave and give backing for fracking

In the midst of the global heatwave, energy minister Claire Perry’s approval of the first UK fracking licence under its new, more permissive regulatory regime reveals more of the real, corporate power behind the government. Approval for shale gas extraction company Cuadrilla to begin extraction in Lancashire has injected new energy into the opposition movement […]

Why We Need a ‘Fair Tax’- Fighting Neoli

Why We Need a ‘Fair Tax’- Fighting Neoliberalism in City Councils

Over the last few weeks, momentum has been building to take action on the UK Government’s Private Finance Initiative contracts. The pillars of an abusive governance regime are crumbling all around us, bringing both dangerous wreckage in lost jobs, but maybe hope too. Pressure to renegotiate or potentially bring PFI in-house is building. This is […]

One hundred days that shook Bavaria

One hundred days that shook Bavaria

The Bavarian revolutions of 1918-1919 – and those in the rest of Germany – were the first to take place in an advanced capitalist country. Inspired by the Russian Revolution, whose centenary is marked this year, they challenged the German state and the established political order. What happened in Bavaria holds important lessons for those […]