Posts Tagged "UK"

The days when catching a bus were revolutionary

Posted by on 16 Sep 15 in Non-fiction, Politics | 1 comment

The days when catching a bus were revolutionary

When Jeremy Corbyn was announced Labour Leader, the reaction was stereotypically binary on my Facebook feed. On one hand you have the disillusioned and hardened dissenters, whose argument was a bit like “He’s not left enough. He’ll just fail anyway.” On the other hand, the Corbynites – overjoyed and zealous expressions of hope, converting the victory as the birth of a Messiah. Caught somewhere in-between, I wasn’t fully sure how to express what I think this means for the future of British politics, other than “a jolly good show”. There are...

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Our future is now. Reclaim the Commons!

Posted by on 22 Jun 15 in Non-fiction, Politics, Social Justice | 0 comments

Our future is now. Reclaim the Commons!

Many contemporary political trends are focussed on the negative. That is, a fight to prevent neoliberal measure. The anti-austerity movement, for example, is focussed on fighting cuts to public services and  welfare – the prevention of worse-than-now. This is an integral fight. The closure of public services is impacting millions across Europe and America, and the end to the welfare state is only going to increase inequality. But this fight is exhausting – and for many, impossible because of the destructive nature of these cuts in the first place. The problem is that we always...

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If a person speaks and no-one listens, do they have a voice?

Posted by on 27 Mar 13 in Politics, Social Justice | 2 comments

If a person speaks and no-one listens, do they have a voice?

Everyone has a right to free speech but only a few are heard. As World Social Forum 2013 opens its doors in Tunis today, I mused on how little the UK’s “civil society” engages with the grassroots networks based in the Global South, despite our common ailments. While the British government forces poor families onto food stamps instead of short loans; while job centres are encouraged to ensure the poorest have the least access to the money they need; and while the political elite only seems to be getting richer; our ‘developing’ neighbours tell us that these are...

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David Cameron has blood on his hands

Posted by on 15 Mar 13 in Politics, Social Justice | 0 comments

David Cameron has blood on his hands

This is a repost of a piece written by Bethan Jones. Today I was found guilty in the Oxford Magistrates’ Court of causing “harassment, alarm and distress” following a peaceful and legal political protest in Witney in December. The judge said “I can think of nothing more alarming than the statement that ‘Cameron has blood on his hands.'” I will continue to say that Cameron has blood on his hands, whenever the opportunity presents itself. 30 people have died as a direct result of the government’s ‘welfare reforms’. Thousands have died after...

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The racism of tram woman is only the tip of the iceberg

Posted by on 29 Nov 11 in Non-fiction, Politics | 0 comments

The racism of tram woman is only the tip of the iceberg

Many liberal mouths fell open as they watched the now famous tram woman loudly mouth, “You ain’t British, you’re black,” followed by the ever-so-common, “Why don’t you go back to where you came from?” Shock Horror! Could it be that a woman with a young child could actually vocally express the thoughts of the Daily Express out loud?! The outcry was enormous; people from all sectors of “middle Britain” were disgusted, scandalised that their society could breed such racism (even though the entire election campaign last year was run on an anti-immigration platform). Worse, many...

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