The government’s minister for Food has been urging us to eat our left-overs and pay more attention to how we store food to keep it longer. He says that during these times when most people’s budgets are squeezed, due to depressed wages and rising prices since the start of the financial crisis, we should adopt… Read More


Neoliberalism: origins, theory, definition Since the 1990’s activists use the word ‘neoliberalism’ for global market-liberalism (‘capitalism’) and for free-trade policies. In this sense, it is widely used in South America. ‘Neoliberalism’ is often used interchangeably with ‘globalisation’. But free markets and global free trade are not new, and this use of the word ignores developments… Read More


“Ideas are more powerful than guns.” Tony Benn, August 2007 The working class of the past were very aware of philosophical thoughts and argument. They came from a system of education and a society in which thought was valued just as much as employable skills. Men down the working mens clubs might not use high academic language, but… Read More


There’s a rather poignant piece from Tony Benn on the Margaret Thatcher he knew in today’s Guardian: “Margaret Thatcher was a very powerful, rightwing force in society. She followed her beliefs and had clear objectives. Her policy was to reverse the trends in modern politics that were made possible by the trade unions being legalised. She… Read More


So, why are the Northerners celebrating Mrs Thatcher’s passing, whilst the southerners are disgusted at them? Whilst I do not like vitriol, and this is just a film, this excerpt from ‘Brassed Off’ aptly expresses how Mrs Thatcher affected the lives of huge swaths of society.  … Read More