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Brexit crisis shows political system is broken

November 13th, 2018|Brexit, constitution, EU, real democracy|1 Comment

The dramatic deadlock in the UK over Brexit is a spectacular expression of a broken political system. Our existing form of democracy is simply incapable of representing the diverse interests of […]

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Boo the gig economy

Several hundred precarious workers and supporters marched behind the banner of the Independent Workers of Great Britain (IWGB) in a united protest action at London’s High Court yesterday.

The IWGB was in the court facing global taxi […]

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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 […]

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Unblocking the pawn

September 13th, 2018|art, Poetry, real democracy, Reviews|0 Comments

As London grows and grows and grows, once familiar nooks and crannies in the centre where poetry could flourish have been ousted by property developers. That’s the bad news.

The good news is that talented and enterprising individuals like the […]

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Videogaming – the good, the bad and the ugly

If you thought global corporations just sold stuff like trainers or phones, think again. China-based Tencent is the world’s biggest Internet-related products company with a market value of US$850 billion, making it the largest enterprise in Asia. The phenomenon […]

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‘Govanhell’: Austerity, hostile environments and feeding the far right

August 8th, 2018|real democracy|1 Comment

If ever one wanted an object lesson in how austerity can create the conditions for the growth of the far right, one should look no further than Glasgow’s Govanhill district.  So far, it has escaped, due to some positive […]

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The politics of seeing – the haunting work of Dorothea Lange

In the age of Instagram we are all photographers. And the way we see the world has been transformed by other photographers past and present.

Dorothea Lange must be counted amongst those who expanded our understanding of how economic and […]

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No “hostile environment” in Glasgow

August 3rd, 2018|real democracy|0 Comments

Suddenly, and in the face of big community opposition, an attempt is being made to make Glasgow a hostile environment for migrants.

First, it was exposed that SERCO was planning to put 330 migrants and their families out on the […]

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Tories ignore global heatwave and give backing for fracking

No to frackingIn the midst of the global heatwave, energy minister Claire Perry’s approval of the first UK fracking licence under its […]

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Brexit crisis: beware threat of a national government

A deepening, unpredictable political and constitutional crisis sparked by Brexit could have far-reaching consequences before the year is out.

Some commentators have suggested that it is the biggest political challenge facing the ruling elites since the General Strike of 1926 […]

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Making the ideal real

The challenge of understanding today’s complex and contradictory social world was at the heart of “Deconstructing Neoliberal Hegemony”, a two-day international symposium, organised by the International Friends of Ilyenkov.

The work of the IFI has taken on a heightened significance […]

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First steps taken in scenario-planning to defend a Corbyn government

As the Tory government staggers from pillar to post, split many ways over Brexit, the prospect of a Jeremy Corbyn-led government becomes more real by the day. That’s why making preparations now for the attacks it would inevitably face […]

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