No Country is an Island

Song by Richard Tuley: Taking Back Control   By Richard Tuley Perhaps it’s distasteful to mention Brexit. People are dying in droves, horribly. The Tories got a resounding mandate. Case closed. The British public bought the lie and now we will reap the whirlwind. We are about to hurtle out of Europe with no deal […]

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Ideas about Cuba and Che

Che appeals to revolutionary fantasists who like the poetry of violence. By Phil Hall When we watched a film about the Mexican revolution starring Pedro Infante in 1997 my wife explained a little about what was going on. ‘Unfortunately, during the Mexican revolution, our family was on the wrong side. They had land and haciendas […]

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The Poetry of Markets

The highest Mexican poetic sentiment, higher than all the others, was the symbol of flowering. By Phil Hall One of the greatest pleasures in my grandfather’s life was to visit the market in Cannes, to admire the variety and quality of the produce on offer and to chat to some of the stallholders. Covered markets […]

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Abandon the Cities! Go back to the forests and the fields!

Land redistribution would help the British to adapt to a net zero GHG emission society. by Anandi Sharan The revolutionary environmentalist, Anandi Sharan, argues that to meet 2050 zero carbon emissions the government must give each of us 1/2 an acre of land. Political economy in developed countries has as its aim some version or […]

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DEMOCRACY’S LAST NEWSSTAND

Was Labour’s 2019 Election Defeat a Grave – Even Terminal – Defeat for Democracy Itself? By Richard House Now the dust has settled over five months on from last December’s general election defeat for Labour and all the accompanying whirlwind of emotions and tribulations, it’s perhaps an opportune moment to take sober stock of the […]

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Tread Softly Starmer, You Tread on Our Dreams

LISTEN TO THE LEFT STARMER, OR GO! Masks off! Keir Starmer got elected as Labour leader under false pretenses. At the next Labour leadership election he will be sent into oblivion. Keir Starmer, like Tom Watson, got into his position by pretending to be on the left. It is now clear that he is not […]

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Are Ofsted’s Days Now Numbered?

A new paradigm for school accountability and improvement is long overdue – and a judicial review against Ofsted currently being led by QC Michael Mansfield may well hasten the process. By Richard House In its manifesto for the December 2019 general election, It’s Time for Real Change the Labour Party refreshingly said the following: Schools are […]

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Poem of the Month

In Search of Salt – by Yogesh Patel There is a jungle in this desert! The baboons of media are having a breakfast of Satyam Shivam Sundaram. Write as much as you wish on the sand from your oasis, where your pig-headed trees foliaged to be a home for baboons’ tablet-bacons flashing your meaningless borrowed words. […]

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You are in for a big surprise

Sandeep Saxena wants us to grow our food in forests By Anandi Sharan Sandeep Saxena graduated from the Indian Institute of Technology and the India Institute of Management and from a postgraduate in the USA before going to work for Templeton Franklin. During his time there he was asked to investigate the viability of investing […]

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Road of Dreams

Socialism? What are we talking about? By Dominic Tweedie The communists mean to show the way – as a vanguard – through revolution, to a classless, stateless condition called communism. The agent of revolution is not a communist party. Since the 1840s, communists have said that the principal agent of revolution against the present dictatorship […]

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So, you say that Darwin’s scientific ideas have nothing to do with social values?

Victorians and Edwardians did terrible, cruel things in the name of Malthus and Darwin. by Philip Hall The cast system is inhuman. Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) seems impossibly cruel. Look at the Taliban: Malala got a bullet in the head just for going to school. Look at forced marriage, at child marriage. How can that […]

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Kondratiev and the next K-Wave

Now AI is Coming for the Middle-Class By Emil Blake In 1925 a Russian economist, called Nikolai Kondratiev published a book called Major Economic Waves in which he predicted the rise and fall of economic prosperity driven by new, era-defining technologies. The crux of it, according to Kondratiev, was that economic cycles last 40-60 years. […]

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We Were Caught in the Neo-liberal Trap

But now we have another pivotal moment. By Bryan Greetham Before the Second World War a German chemist was working to discover what we would call today an antibiotic. Each evening he would leave out Petri dishes with bacteria in them so they could grow during the night for him to work on the next […]

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