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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 […]

There’s nothing green about bio-energy

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 responses to climate change will both fail to solve the problem and cause unconsidered damaging outcomes. As millions of hectares of land are […]

Ruskin – a man of his time and of our ti

Ruskin – a man of his time and of our time

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 both a man of his time and a man looking to the future – even […]

Mapping out the road from Wigan Pier

Mapping out the road from Wigan Pier

Wigan – 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 his book The Road to Wigan Pier in 1937. But Real Democracy Movement supporters who converged on the town from all around the UK weren’t […]

Even Dr Who…

Even Dr Who…

Introduction to Getting to Grips with Neoliberalism Teach/Learn-in – Wigan 24 November  2018 We are here to reach a deeper understanding of what neoliberalism, how it is changing. What do we want to do? * learn from each other as well as other sources to deepen our knowledge of neoliberalism in all its manifestations and contradictions […]

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 […]