The day I met Jeremy Corbyn

Have you noticed how alike Jeremy Corbyn and Ken Loach are? Both are somewhat reticent, unassuming people, plain speaking, with no airs and graces and utterly lacking in pomposity. That said, it would be a grave mistake to think of either man as weak, they are both robust in their views and deeply experienced in […]

Fight to win and break the Tories

The right wing media, the Telegraph, Sun, Mail, Express, etc. are celebrating the hiring of Lynton Crosby to run Theresa May’s election campaign. They describe Crosby in such terms as ‘mastermind behind 2015 win’, ‘political guru Sir Lynton Crosby’, ‘the architect of David Cameron’s victory’, but he’s also known as ‘master of the dark political […]

The Tory war of words

The language being used by the government isn’t merely deceitful, or lying, their language is a weapon and their words have become weaponised. It is impossible for the government to not know the deaths they’ve caused, the hunger and poverty they have created, the evidence is concrete and everywhere to see. In almost every town […]

The great British Tory heist

Apart from the inevitable blip after the banks insatiable greed took down the global economy and the public were forced to bail them out to the tune of some £850 billion (UK), revenue from taxation has risen year on year ever since. Britain is not, nor ever was, broke, close to bankruptcy, or in need […]

Wars of aggression – lest we forget

The war drums are beating for North Korea, as Donald Trump put it in a Tweet (of all things), “North Korea is looking for trouble. If China decides to help, that would be great. If not, we will solve the problem without them! U.S.A.” Following WWII, 12 of 24 high ranking Germans were hung for: […]

Crimes of innocence

Whether I am given a parking fine, a court summons for not paying my council tax and imprisoned, made bankrupt or homeless as a punishment, fallen behind in my rent because I have too low an income to cover the market rent and am forced to choose between eating and rent, sanctioned and deprived of […]

Retraumatising the victims of rape and eradicating the poor

Rape is infamously and notoriously difficult to prosecute and that’s if it even gets that far. According to the Crime Survey which is conducted for the Office for National Statistics, ‘on average 85,000 women are raped every year and 400,000 are sexually assaulted. But a mere 15,000 rapes are actually reported. Of those, only a […]

Urban trauma, homelessness and economic warfare

We have a problem and it’s one we need to fix urgently. Housing… to briefly put aside all the other myriad disastrous problems which lie securely at the door of the Tories and the neoliberal consensus. I’ll begin with a proposition – no one should be evicted from their home for financial reasons, as a […]

The Peasants’ Revolt: Lessons from History

Architects for Social Housing (ASH) This article, published on the 27th anniversary of the attack on the Poll Tax demonstration in London by the Metropolitan Police Service, is dedicated to Ian Bone, class warrior and comrade. The illustrations of the Peasants’ Revolt are by Clifford Harper. When looking back on an historical event it’s useful […]

The government is not failing, it is succeeding

Every time I see a headline like, ‘Government is failing disabled people’ or as in the Guardian, 1 April 2017, ‘This benefit cut will make youngsters homeless. It’s another Tory failure’, I am immediately stuck by an overwhelming sense of disbelief that either the media simply doesn’t get it, which is unlikely, or this is […]