With the coronation of King Charles approaching, it’s fitting to scrutinise, not only him personally, but the monarchy as an idea. To talk about everything from the ways in which the royals fund their luxurious lifestyles to how they exert political influence, Aaron Bastani is joined by Graham Smith, CEO of Republic – a pressure group driven by a single
In the midst of Britain’s biggest wave of industrial action in years, the gang turn their attention to the long and bloodied history of strikes. Who do we find on the picket line? Nadia, Keir and Jeremy explore a lineage that stretches back hundreds of years, from matchgirls to miners, from 1840s century Chartists to 2020s university lecturers, from smoggy cities
From Shell’s record profits to British Gas breaking into poor peoples’ homes, energy companies are taking us all for a ride. Plus: Rishi Sunak is epicly unpopular 100 days into his premiership; and economists aren’t heeding Hunt’s calls for positivity about the British economy. With Michael Walker and Aaron Bastani.
Content note: suicide, self-harm. In response to Scotland passing a law (subsequently blocked by Westminster) that allowed 16-year-olds to change their legal gender, the mainstream media has began furiously writing articles attacking the law. The Daily Telegraph published a piece claiming that the law would allow teenagers to “have irreversible surgeries”,
A raid by Israeli forces in the Palestinian city of Jenin on 26 January has sparked fear in the occupied West Bank and beyond. Israeli forces killed nine Palestinians, including two children, bringing back traumatic memories of battles, invasions and massacres in the city. Jenin holds significance for Palestinians as a symbol of resistance against occupation.
In 1946 when he proposed the creation of a national health service to parliament, Labour health minister Nye Bevan set out one fundamental principle: “Medical treatment,” he said, “should be made available to rich and poor alike in accordance with medical need and no other criteria. The essence of a satisfactory health service is that the rich and poor are treated
When Alexander Darwall brought a legal case to get wild camping banned on Dartmoor, complaining about mess apparently made by campers on his land, he perhaps didn’t anticipate campaigners talking about re-enacting the Kinder Scout trespass in order to get the decision overturned. Darwall bought the 1,619-hectare (4,000-acre) Blachford estate on southern
500,000 public sector workers have taken part in the biggest strike action in a decade. Michael Walker speaks to Daniel Kebede from the NEU on why teachers are on strike, and to Dalia Gebrial about the significance of the day.
Picture this: a UK capital city in the grip of a private rental crisis. Contributing factors include: gentrification, a developer influx, a growing student population and the overhang of the Covid-19 pandemic. No, not London, but Belfast. In the past few years, the price of private rent in Northern Ireland’s capital has skyrocketed. ONS figures reveal a
Pension reform is a long-time dream of the French right who dislike the amount France pays out in pensions and who see the system as unsustainable in the face of an ageing population. In 1993, the country’s Gaullist (France’s rightwing tradition established by Charles de Gaulle) prime minister Édouard Balladur increased the number of years of social security
Up to 500,000 workers at eight different trade unions will walkout on Wednesday, in what the Trades Union Congress has called the biggest strike in over a decade. This coordinated action coincides with the TUC’s national “protect the right to strike” day, called in response to new government legislation that will impose minimum service levels on trade unions
As the UK’s strike wave continues, with teachers and firefighters becoming the latest to join in on the action, there’s been considerable talk – and substantial confusion – around the idea of a general strike. 1 February, the TUC’s ‘protect the right to strike’ day, will see up to half a million workers walk out together, with civil servants, teachers,
Last week, the Brazilian health ministry declared a state of emergency in Yanomami territory on the Amazon border with Venezuela following the discovery of thousands of cases of indigence and famine amongst the indigenous community. A report compiled after a visit to the region produced some harrowing statistics – not least that an estimated 570
Rishi Sunak has promised more beds and ambulances for the NHS, but until he pays NHS workers properly he’ll have no-one to staff them. Plus: Sunak desperately tries to claim decisive strength after finally sacking Nadhim Zahawi; and we speak to Dr Yara Hawari on further violence in Palestine. With Michael Walker and Ash Sarkar.
It’s official: Amazon’s far-reaching infrastructure of surveillance, digital monitoring and algorithmically-generated productivity measures are to blame for the “mental toll” faced by those who work for the company and a poor health and safety culture. Or so says the largest independent survey of Amazon workers yet, according to UNI Global Union which
A lot of racism in the 20th century was based on the debunked pseudo-science of eugenics. So why is it still believed in many aspects today? To discuss the history and resurgence of these ideas, Ash Sarkar is joined by Dr. Adam Rutherford, author of many books including CONTROL: The Dark History and Troubling Present of Eugenics.
Jeremy Hunt has begged businesses and journalists to cheer up about the British economy. Can a positive attitude really save us all from 13 years of Tory-induced decline? Plus: Nadhim Zahawi gets slammed by everyone over his tax affairs; and Michael takes on a landlord. With Michael Walker and Aaron Bastani.
Amazon was accused of “a huge level of intimidation” as hundreds of workers made history by taking lawful strike action against the corporate giant for the first time in the UK on Wednesday. The workers at the BHX4 warehouse in Coventry walked out on Wednesday morning demanding to be paid £15 per hour. Private security guards hired by Amazon were present in large
As Nadhim Zahawi’s tax affairs dominate the news cycle, Keir Starmer will have breathed a sigh of relief that new revelations regarding Labour’s links to the gambling industry haven’t kick-started a new lobbying scandal. Shadow chancellor Rachel Reeves, it was reported in Open Democracy, took £20,000 from Neil Goulden, former chairman of gambling giant
The Home Office has allowed hundreds of children seeking asylum to go missing. We speak to refugee and aslyum specialist Lou Calvey to find out what’s going on. Plus: the Richard Sharp scandal at the BBC gets worse; and Sunak faces yet more criticism over Nadhim Zahawi’s tax affairs. With Michael Walker and Dalia Gebrial.
It wasn’t the first time a man had harassed me, nor was it the worst, but – for some reason – it’s the one which has stuck with me. It was four years ago, on a beautifully hot July day. I was on my way to my Mum’s house, with nothing on my mind other than whether I might find an ice cream van on the way. On the main road that runs alongside the park, a man yelled something obscene
We visited the Amazon workers striking for the first time ever in Coventry.
If the British media had gotten their way, Prince Harry’s memoir Spare, released a fortnight ago, would have floundered. “Harry’s hatchet job memoir falls flat!” read the Daily Express, commenting on the lack of queues outside bookshops on publication day. “Prince Harry’s bombshell book Spare is heading for the bargain bin – before it has even been
When Arnold Schwarzenegger promised he’d “be back” in 1984’s The Terminator, the idea of killer robots was consigned to science fiction. Almost 40 years on and they are back in the form of autonomous weapon systems (AWS). But this time they’re deployed in war zones rather than on silver screens – and research at British universities is helping to develop
First thing’s first: what’s the public order bill? The bill is the Tories’ latest attempt to expand police powers to deal with escalating protest action, particularly from environmental and anti-racist movements, by effectively treating it as domestic terrorism. In fact, experts have suggested the bill is “more extreme than many counter-terror powers”.
Nadhim Zahawi’s political career is on the ropes, and Rishi Sunak is not enjoying a renewed focus on super-rich people who try and avoid tax. Michael Walker and Ash Sarkar discuss the latest Tory scandals.
There are few gifts greater than an enemy that believes its own lies. The UK has some of the most restrictive anti-union laws in Europe. Our trade union movement has been subjected to four consecutive decades of defeat, and our wages and living standards have eroded as a result. In order to go on strike, teachers, nurses, civil servants, postal workers, doctors,
It would be understandable, at a glance, to say that it’s trivial to focus of love and dating in an era of rising inequality and the climate crisis. But let’s be honest, love and the pursuit of it is something that is part of our daily lives – and the transformation of how we interact and speak about it is worth analysing. To do so, Ash is joined by
Keir Starmer has spent the week schmoozing big banks in Davos. Michael Walker & Aaron Bastani discuss his love affair with the world’s elites. Plus: Gary Stevenson calls out the Tories economic record; and Aaron Bastani talks at TED.
Campaigners have occupied four massive council housing blocks in protest at their planned demolition. The protesters unveiled a banner reading “Homes for people, not for profit” several floors up the high-rise blocks and let off a smoke bomb. The protesters took over the iconic towers of the Wyndford estate in Glasgow on Monday in opposition to controversial
Last week, in Inverness, Scotland’s first minister met with the UK prime minister for a working dinner. On the eve of a new pitched battle between the two governments, ostensibly around the Gender Recognition Reform bill, Nicola Sturgeon and Rishi Sunak found agreement on other matters. Indeed, they were in total alignment when it came to one issue in particular:
When on Saturday the BBC reported that Labour was spending millions suing five Corbyn staffers in a case that, following a fresh decision from the information commissioner’s office (ICO), it seemed increasingly likely to lose, panic set in across the Labour party. Senior officials were aware of the legal case that had been rumbling on since 2020, but not its
The work that keeps us clean, fed, clothed and ready to go to work each day is known as social reproduction. Without this unwaged labour, capitalism would collapse. Yet the daily drudgery of cooking, cleaning and raising children is underpinned by our most sincere expressions of love and care. Writer and organiser Alva Gotby refers to this chimerical condition
Over 70,000 staff at 150 universities across the UK are set to strike for 18 days between February and March, in disputes over pay, conditions, and attacks on pensions. In April, they will hold a marking boycott. The fresh round of action follows a lively debate within the union over the direction of industrial strategy. UCU also announced that it will re-ballot
Well, it happened. Deep into the afternoon of so-called ‘Blue Monday’ – supposedly the most depressing day of the year – UK Scottish secretary Alister Jack announced he would be invoking a little-known piece of legislation: Section 35 of the 1998 Scotland Act. This legislation gives the UK government the right to veto laws passed in the Scottish
Rishi Sunak’s deflections from the NHS crisis aren’t fooling anyone. On the day of another nurses strike, Michael Walker and Rivkah Brown discuss Britain’s Tory-created mess. Plus, the government blocks Scottish GRA reform and Suella Braverman hints at more policing scandals.
As MPs debate new strike laws – and trade unionists protest them – we ask a legal expert whether the government’s arguments for minimum service rules stack up. Plus: Sunak blocks the new Scottish gender reform; and another Met Police officer has admitted to countless horrific crimes. With Michael Walker and Dalia Gebrial.
The UK government is currently preparing a new wave of legislation to weaken the impact of strike action. It’s ostensibly a response to increased levels of industrial action by workers in transport, healthcare, and other industries, as the rising cost of living bites. They plan to require workers in certain sectors to provide minimum levels of service during
This week’s guest is an iconoclast, although he may not be comfortable being labelled that way given his devotion to christianity. Among his colleagues on the right, he stands out as someone who is genuinely thoughtful and perhaps as one of the few who could be described as a genuine conservative. Aaron meets Peter Hitchens to discuss abortion, the Soviet Union,
With the NHS at breaking point, Junior doctors attack the government on BBC Question Time, while the Tory minister present denies the health service is in crisis. Plus: Shocking recordings of Andrew Tate’s misogyny are revealed as the internet celebrity faces sex trafficking charges in Romania. With Michael Walker and Ash Sarkar.
Ahead of its publication in 2009, writer and academic Mark Fisher confided in his partner Zoe that he would be satisfied if his forthcoming book sold 500 copies. 14 years later, and with a second edition published last November, Capitalist Realism has passed 100,000 sales in English alone. Slavoj Žižek, perhaps the world’s most famous philosopher, has described
At least six sitting Tory MPs, including the UK chancellor Jeremy Hunt, have been accused of replicating Green party branding and “greenwashing” in new electoral materials circulated in constituencies across England. Leaflets flagged by campaign group Reform Political Advertising (RPA) show leaflets issued by Tory MPs that “appear to have use[d] the
Last week, RMT organiser Gaz Jackson went on the news to explain why his union is demanding better pay and conditions for railway workers. Unfortunately, he had the nerve to be wearing his North Face winter coat at the time. One Twitter user was aggrieved. “Standing there in a £390 coat isn’t helping a cause about striking for pay rises,” said @Kent_Grandad. Unbothered,
After a decade of Tory under-investment, ambulance workers are the latest group to strike to defend the NHS. We speak to one of them.#tyskysour. Plus: Two Tory MPs go on mad rants; and Mick Lynch tells a Tory MP the reality of Britain’s railways. With Michael Walker and Dalia Gebrial.
I didn’t want to write this piece. The royals already take up so much oxygen, it’s merely adding fuel to the fire. But Prince Harry’s long-awaited memoir Spare (ghostwritten, of course) has finally found its way onto British bookshelves. Accompanying the release has been a PR offensive which, rather than bolster support for the errant royal and his wife, Meghan
In recent months, the state of the NHS has become such a national crisis that even Tory-supporting newspapers have turned on the government. The Daily Mail has called on ministers to end the “deadly NHS crisis”, the Telegraph claimed the health service was “imploding” and the Sun described hospitals as a “warzone”. The NHS has been struggling for a decade, but
On the website of the fascist political party Patriotic Alternative (PA), a doomsday clock ticks down relentlessly to the time when “native British” people are apparently going to become a minority in the UK. PA’s programme includes “a complete halt to all immigration” unless under “exceptional circumstances”, which include “people with a shared ethnic
Meetings between government ministers and union leaders have ended in deadlock. Have the Tories quashed any hope of avoiding months of public sector strikes? Plus: Supporters of the far-right former president Jair Bolsonaro storm Brazil’s Congress. We speak to David Adler in Sao Paulo. With Michael Walker and Aaron Bastani.
Rishi Sunak’s proposed new anti-strike laws have provoked outrage from the labour movement. Tonight we speak to Riccardo La Torre from the FBU. Plus: Prince Harry’s has drawn criticism after saying he killed 25 people in Afghanistan; and Keir Starmer makes a bizarre election pledge. With Michael Walker and Aaron Bastani.
Ministers have announced new legislation that will enforce “minimum service levels” in key public services, including the NHS, in a major assault on the right to strike. The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy said the bill would be introduced in “in the coming weeks” and will ensure “a basic level of service in some of our most crucial sectors
Inspired by the success of 2020-21, when strikers won £10.8m, students at the University of Manchester are again threatening to withhold rent. On Monday, the student group UoM Rent Strike announced another strike in response to the cost of living crisis. The strikers intend to withhold their second of three rent payments, which is due on 19 January. Their
Rishi Sunak’s promise of more maths education is a pitiful response to Britain’s new status as an international basket case. Plus: Mick Lynch calls out more Tory lies regurgitated by transport secretary Mark Harper; and shocking reports arrive of record breaking temperatures across Europe. With Michael Walker and Dalia Gebrial.
It was a fun start to the year for Kristalina Georgieva, managing director of the International Monetary Fund (IMF), who kicked off 2023 with a half-hour interview for CBS News. By the following morning, newspapers from London to New Delhi were repeating Georgieva’s prediction that one-third of the global economy, including half of the European Union,
UK prisons are now so overcrowded that 400 prisoners are to be put in police station cells, it was reported recently. Leeds prison, for example, currently holds 1,095 people; it is supposed to hold 641. The overcrowding speaks to the fact that over the past few decades, the number of people locked up by the British state has risen dramatically – even as crime
Many of us will be leaving 2022 with a sigh of relief. It’s been a grim year, one in which most of us have seen the real value of our earnings eaten up by inflation at a level unseen for decades. Sadly, all the signs point to the next 12 months being not only more of the same, but worse: high prices now join with global recession, further ecological upsets, and the threat
2022 saw three prime ministers, three chancellors and a heck of a lot of hopeful, hilarious, illuminating and downright bizarre moments. As 2022 gasps its last breaths, here’s an inexhaustive list of some memorable things that happened in the past year, collated by the Novara team. Squatters Vs. Oligarch. Vladimir Putin’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine
Welcome to Scots Corner, a new biweekly column for 2023, focusing on Scottish politics. As we leave 2022, Scotland is entering a new political environment. This is the consequence of the recent supreme court ruling, which officially decided that the Scottish government cannot hold an independence referendum on its own. This has disrupted the holding pattern
This summer, speaking to workers on picket lines, rallies, or at their place of work, I found myself encountering the same words: “I can’t afford to work.” One worker spoke about the loans they’d taken out to pay for the petrol they needed to reach their job, while another listed off the endless shifts they’d had to forgo for the lack of affordable childcare. Although
Ash is joined by Aaron Bastani, Moya Lothian-McLean, Michael Walker and James Butler to discuss the year 2022.
The UK climate movement is alive and well. Despite the government’s assault on protest via the Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Act, which came into effect in April, 2022 saw unbowed environmentalists kick up more of a stink than they have in years. But while the last big wave of activity in 2019 was a parade of mass mobilisations and A-to-B marches, this year
In 2022 the news didn’t stop, and nor did the Novara Media Articles team – for our four contracted days of the week. With assistance from a bevvy of fantastic freelancers, Novara’s editorial output this year has only grown in scope and range. To mark the end of a big 12 months, the Articles team have pulled together a Christmas selection box of their favourite pieces
If I had two pieces of advice for my younger self, besides anything too serious, it would be that life is too short for bad books, and that reading fiction is not a wasteful extravagance. In fact, far from a vehicle for escapism, it is a device to prize open the greatest questions in philosophy, psychology and history. I used to read a lot of fiction as a teenager and
As we approach the holiest festival of family arguments (three years ago, one-fifth of us predicted a Christmas bust-up – think how many more things there are to argue about now!), many Novara Media readers will be asking themselves: how do I win? Below are two stories of people who’ve taken near-opposing approaches to this task of persuading reactionary
2022 saw three prime ministers, two monarchs and a shed load of industrial action. In this special episode of Tysky Sour, Michael Walker and Owen Jones discuss the year that was.
Ghosts have got their own festival: Halloween. So why do they spook us at Christmas too? Do they represent forces of goodness and charity, or some nameless demonic evil? And what gifts have they brought? Jeremy Gilbert shields his eyes from the ghostly apparitions of Jacques Derrida, Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry and M.R. James as he explores the connections
It’s 2018 and Cecile is on her way to a flat viewing in Greenwich. She’s in her mid-twenties and some might say, a landlord’s dream tenant. Cecile completed her law degree a few years ago and has taken up a full-time job in insurance – a stable, well-paid career. She has no kids, no pets, doesn’t smoke. She’s making adult money for the first time. Having lived
With more strikes announced, December is now the biggest month for walkouts since 1989. Plus, the Scottish parliament debates historic gender recognition reforms and Piers Morgan platforms Andrew Tate.
Believe me, I would love to stop writing about Twitter. Hopefully over the Christmas period, a large wormhole will open up in San Francisco, hoovering up the bird app HQ. Until then, all I can do is reflect on a year where the social media platform went from providing a home for farcical discourse to being the subject of it. This was thanks to Elon Musk, whose $44bn
Cutting-edge research has recently revealed that festive movie The Muppet Christmas Carol is actually based on a book. Many are now speculating that there may even be historical context at play. But what could it be? To unwrap the politics of A Christmas Carol, Eleanor Penny is joined by James Butler, co-founder of Novara Media and a contributing editor at the
Britain’s High Court has ruled that it is legal for the government to send migrants to Rwanda. Will it now actually happen? Plus, Twitter users want Elon Musk gone and Jeremy Clarkson makes a vile attack on Meghan Markle. With Michael Walker and Ash Sarkar.
Two weeks ago, New York mayor Eric Adams issued a directive to city agencies to involuntarily hospitalise homeless people deemed mentally unwell. Adams, who is leading a longer-term push to close homeless encampments, argued the move was part of the city’s “moral obligation” to help vulnerable people. Many non-disabled people in the US responded to the news
Throughout his 30-year career, Billy Bragg has never shied away from politics. From playing benefit gigs for miners in the 1980s to clashing with the BNP in his hometown of Barking, he has always used his influence to help those who need it. Ash recently sat down with Billy to discuss his 2006 book, The Progressive Patriot, and whether the left should reclaim patriotism
With the media furore around the world cup being held in Qatar, one might think that the mission to launder their reputation and establish themselves as a player on the world stage has failed. One might also think that the arguments about LGBT rights, migrant labour and FIFA corruption haven’t actually bothered the Qatari elites all that much. In fact
Adam Smith claimed that “the propensity to truck, barter and exchange… is common to all men”, but anthropologists know that this isn’t the case. In fact, humans tend towards the opposite. So why do we feel compelled to give away our wealth? Nadia, Jem and Keir unwrap the cultural and economic pressures on doing pressies in a loosely
Mick Lynch explains the details of the RMT’s dispute, Malcolm X’s insights into government negotiations and why Keir Starmer needs to tackle the scourge of outsourcing for all our sakes. Reporting by Polly Smythe
Last week, an energy company broke into Cecilia Klincsek’s home while she was out running errands. With the help of a locksmith, an engineer sent by the provider installed a pre-payment meter without her consent and failed to activate it, leaving Klincsek, her husband, her five-year-old daughter and her elderly mother without heating or hot water. As temperatures
When I finished my undergraduate degree in 2007 the UK was, on a per-head basis, one of the richest places on Earth. According to the International Monetary Fund, it was not only wealthier than Germany and France – two similar-sized countries against which it has historically measured itself – but Finland, the US and Australia too. Enjoying a well-funded
As the Qatar World Cup draws to a close, Tom Williams and Keir Milburn wonder about the future of international football and ask the most important question of all: what is to be done? On the final episode of Pro Revolution Soccer, they’re joined by David Wearing, political journalist and lecturer in international relations at the University of Sussex,
Labour would support using the army to break NHS strikes, according to a media briefing from the office of Wes Streeting MP, shadow secretary of state for health and social care, seen by Novara Media. The briefing was sent to all Labour MPs on 15 December, the same day that up to 100,000 nurses with the Royal College of Nursing staged the first national strike in
A vulnerable family were left without heating or hot water for a week amid freezing temperatures after their energy provider broke into their home and forcibly installed a prepayment gas meter. On 7 December, while the Klincsek household – comprising Cecilia, her 90-year-old mother, her husband and their five-year-old daughter – were out, a locksmith and
Four tragic migrant deaths in the Channel, a Qatar corruption scandal and the London Fire Brigade in ‘special measures’. Plus an exclusive interview with one Mr Mick Lynch of the RMT union. With Moya Lothian-McLean, Aaron Bastani and Polly Smythe
As migrant workers, journalists, human rights organisations and trade unions have painstakingly highlighted the persistence of labour rights abuses at Qatar’s World Cup, one organisation has been a notable exception, instead enthusiastically praising the country: the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC), a respected global umbrella body
Instead of negotiating with striking workers, the Tories are calling in the army. A report backed by Michael Gove takes aim at Novara Media. Plus, Jonathan Portes debunks Tory economic lies. With Michael Walker and Ash Sarkar.
When Vladimir Putin began his full-scale invasion of Ukraine in February, many Ukrainian leftists took up arms in defence of their country. However, proper equipment was in short supply. To plug the gaps, a group of activists with backgrounds in antifascist and anarchist movements, student unions and left publishing launched Operation Solidarity. Their
It’s three weeks until the first Christmas free of Covid-19 restrictions for two years. Across the UK, people are preparing for journeys back to their loved ones. Usually, this group would include thousands who grew up in Northern Ireland who now live and work in Britain – especially London – where it’s considered easier to find work and
What is it about social media that turns us into such objectionable creatures? To discuss this, Jorts The Cat and why people want pics of Ash’s feet, Ash is joined by Richard Seymour, author of The Twittering Machine.
As Rishi Sunak threatens to crack down on striking workers, he’s giving a bung to millionaires in the city. Plus, renters getting screwed and the right wing backlash to Harry and Meghan’s Netflix documentary. With Michael Walker and Ash Sarkar.
The public should by furious at the “corruption” that is preventing a deal on pay and conditions for rail workers, Mick Lynch said, as he blame chancellor Jeremy Hunt for blocking negotiations. The RMT general secretary told a press conference on Thursday: “This negotiation and this dispute is one of the most corrupt set-ups you will ever see in corporate life
Football elicits some of the most intense emotions we’re capable of feeling, from the hug-a-stranger joy of winning trophies to the phone-in misery of relegation. At the end of the day, it’s only a game – but maybe games are more serious than we think? To discuss the emotional and social meaning of football, Keir and Tom are joined by writer, filmmaker
As the World Cup approaches the quarter finals, political questions around the competition just won’t go away. Even usually apolitical ex-player pundits are having their say as almost everyone discusses human rights questions. Everyone, that is, except over 30 MPs who received tens of thousands of pounds in free trips and funding from Qatar who have refused
Complaints about younger generations are nothing new in social commentary. “Youth were never more sawcie,” opined Thomas Barnes in 1624. “The ancient are scorned, the honourable are condemned, the magistrate is not dreaded.” Indeed, the idea of cultural degeneration – with children at the vanguard – goes back as far back as Socrates and Horace.
Another day, another wave of strikes. UK Border Force, the Fire Brigades Union and ambulance workers are just some of the many strikes set to clash with Christmas. Plus Rishi Sunak u-turns on his pledge not to build onshore wind farms.
What if all of Britain is stolen goods? In the 1970s and 80s, a series of Acts of Parliament defined who did and who didn’t count as a citizen. ‘The Law of Patriality’ might sound like an obscure detail in a dusty tome, but, argues legal scholar Nadine El-Enany, it’s fundamental to modern Britain. These laws stopped the racialised masses
Royal Mail is using a gig economy delivery app which claims to put “riders first” to try and break the post workers’ strike. Eight-hour shifts, to be completed in a Royal Mail vehicle, have been advertised on Ryde, a “last-mile” delivery business backed by venture capitalists. The in-app shift description on Ryde makes no mention of the fact that
It was dark by the time Lear* made his way alone to Shanghai’s Wulumuqi Road, on 26 November. The 23 year-old graduate student was attending a spontaneous vigil, called to mourn 10 victims of an apartment block fire that broke out in Urumqi, the capital of the autonomous Xinjiang region, in northwest China. The tragedy had first sparked protests in Urumqi against
In early November, in one of the oldest courtyards of the University of Barcelona, something unusual happened. Tents were erected. A banner was strung up in a stone archway. For seven days, students led workshops on movement-building and political struggle. At night they ate, talked and sang together. The students had two clear demands of their university:
Keir Starmer has today committed Labour to abolishing the House of Lords. How radical will Labour be when it comes to the UK constitution? Plus, Nadhim Zahawi hits a new low and we ask Aghileh Djafari-Marbini if Iran will follow through with disbanding the morality police. With Michael Walker and Aaron Bastani.
On Saturday 3 December, hundreds of renters across London mobilised to demand a city-wide rent freeze to tackle the cost of living crisis. Members from all six branches of the London Renters Union (LRU) – Brent, Lewisham, Hackney, Haringey, Newham and Tower Hamlets – took part in the launch of the union’s Rent Freeze Now campaign, which demands
A group of squatters who set up a homeless shelter have been angered by a “traumatic” eviction by an offshore property investment company that wanted to protect its wine collection, antique furniture and paintings. Legal documents shared with Novara Media show that Picasso Investments Corporation claimed repossession of Westminster Bridge House in Lambeth,
Humans have existed for at least 200,000 years. Yet until recently, historians believed that cities, astronomy, architecture and numeracy did not arrive until agriculture emerged some 12,000 years ago. But what if that was wrong? What if cities existed before agriculture and our hunter gatherer ancestors enjoyed a far more complex existence than we thought?