The government has failed us, long live the people

A question I never thought I would be forced to ask myself. What do I do if the government of the UK not only betrays me but is, in any meaningful sense, of no damned use to me, my life and well being, at all? In fact, quite the reverse. The head of the government […]

What has socialism ever done for us?

Competition is the law of the jungle, but cooperation is the law of civilization – Peter Kropotkin Many, many years ago, before bog rolls, condoms and Pet Rocks were invented, people discovered a remarkable thing. They didn’t call it anything, or if they did, there is no record because records hadn’t been invented. In fact […]

The rage of life for life

I’ve worked out why I am so angry, because I’ve been wondering. I am so angry I could rip my fucking face off. Now why would I want to mutilate myself with rage? I’ll tell you why. I’ve been doing this for over 50 years, from when I was a hippy in my teens and […]

Homeless and stateless under capitalism and the tyranny of money

One of the most significant things that has occurred in the modern world, especially in cities, is that people are forced to rely on others for almost everything they need to survive and this becomes a mental and physical trap of dependency which people unavoidably, but unintentionally, fall into. We find jobs working for someone […]

Britain – a nation of the dispossessed #FundOurNHS

Capitalism is an economic system based upon private ownership of the means of production and their operation for profit. Privatising our NHS and all our other once public services is not capitalism, it’s colonialism in disguise, the theft of something we have already built, paid for and run for 70 years, and renting it back […]

Surviving neoliberal cultural warfare

I’ve just come across an AlterNet article entitled ‘5 Ways Trump Is Mentally Torturing Us Now’. UK readers might struggle a bit with this as this is America wearing its heart on its sleeve, something which in Britain is culturally alien to us. But before dismissing this with any of the usual cynical, and frankly […]

Letter to America (to Eileen , a friend) (may contain class prejudice)

It’s a steel grey Monday morning, not so much light coming in to my living room as creeping in and stealing all the colour. There is really only one word to describe it – melancholy – and it is infectious. I’ve woken late, for me, and I have two things on my mind, you and […]

We are the revolution and it’s free

We are in the middle of a revolution that isn’t receiving the attention it not only deserves but which is growing exponentially and which has taken over the world. It’s not that it hasn’t been noticed or acted upon, it’s just that it needs more attention paid to it for its own sake, because it […]

Cameron is going to let us have an EU referendum, how exc….zzzzzzzz

A letter a day to number 10. No 1,345 Wednesday 17 February 2016. Dear Mr Cameron, I’m fascinated by the upcoming referendum on Europe and all the shenanigans that must go on as you negotiate the terms for our continued membership or our exercising the nuclear option to launch the dread Brexit. In my better […]

The poor shouldn’t breed and other smug self righteous twaddle

A letter a day to number 10. No 1,319 Monday 18 January 2016. Dear Mr Cameron, There was a comment on yesterday’s letter, No. 1,318, that the poor shouldn’t breed, that they are irresponsible and don’t care for their kids or their education. It’s a growing trend once again started at the top and fed […]