All the election manifestos are now out, and it’s clear the Liberal Democrats, along with the Conservatives, want to maintain the course of our current economic model: neoliberalism. This economic model has resulted in income disparity unseen since the 1920’s. The difference between the poorest and the richest earners has grown exponentially. Since 2010 itContinue reading “Vote for hope. Vote for Change”
By Terry Eagleton Published by Yale University Press Interest in Marx’s ideas has exploded recently due to a growing discontent with current economic thought, and the philosophy that goes neo-liberalism. Many are intrigued by the old wizard’s theories. What is a surplus profit? and why am I being exploited as a worker are all questionsContinue reading “Book Review: Why Marx Was Right”
Socialist ideology overtakes electoral common sense.
Abolish Eton shows that Labour is losing its touch.
Essex born political songwriter Billy Bragg has written the first in a series of political pamphlets to be released by Faber Social. The pocket-sized paperback that costs around 7 pounds can be digested in a few hours.
Here is what I thought…
300 nurses have died by suicide in the past seven years. This is an average of 43 nurses a year.
Who is looking after the Nurses?
With Boris Johnson taking the country to the brink of a no deal brexit, all eyes will be on anyone trying to stop it. They will be painted as the undemocratic “doubters, the doomsters, the gloomsters” of the UK. Johnson hopes to frame the next election around brexit and paint himself, similar to Trump, asContinue reading “Leave or Remain, a Labour government is what we need”
If you think the Brexit debate is divided now wait until the NHS is sold off.
Not only will we have a divided society, but we will also have a dying one.
Plaza Margaret Thatcher… in Madrid.
Yes, it is real, and ironically outside an abandoned bank.
“The protest continued well into the night down the main avenues of Spain’s capital city, all the while the people eating in these restaurants were being waited on by women who probably couldn’t afford to strike.”
Since 2017, when 40,000 women ascended on Madrid the 8th March has become a big date in the Spanish calendar. 2018 was when it really hit it off with millions of women striking in the first ever 24 hour strike. Housewives hung out their aprons, next to the Spanish flags, in solidarity with their fellow strikers. Here is why, in 2019, it is more important than ever.
The Centre Strikes Back The end of February was quite an explosive time within the Parliamentary Labour ranks and over the coming weeks, it’s going to get worse in the branch and constituency meetings. Many people thought that the centrist dads would have given up the game and gone and joined the new IndependentContinue reading “The Centre Strikes Back”
Future Socialism- we need to look to the future to give home and help shape a world that we want to live in.
Worth a Read: Why Women Have Better Sex Under Socialism By Kirsten Ghodsee Bodley Head Publications If you think this is a story with steamy descriptions of Soviet spies turning capitalist men in the USA to spy for the Russian regime, or the story of woman’s liberation from the clutches of the Iron Curtain, itContinue reading “Worth a Read: Why Women Have Better Sex Under Socialism”
“The fascists are on the rise ” scream the left and “Cultural Marxism is consuming our community ” say the ultra right catholics.
Whatever your political standing, you cannot deny that Madrid is a city that likes voicing its opinion.
Even if you are an English speaker you can get involved. It’s just knowing where to turn.
Royal scandal and claiming tax payers money. Isn’t Monarchy a bit dated for the 21st century?
Is society to blame for mental health problems?
Well it doesn’t bloody help!
Does Spain have a problem with racism?
24 hours no sleep and too much time in airports.
George Orwell went to Barcelona in December 1936 to fight fascism.
If you read Homage to Catalonia you may see the Ramblas very different.
With the ongoing failing Brexit negotiations. We are left the question what will happen after.
Will you be an economic migrant, expat, immigrant or political refugee after Brexit?
On the anniversary of the start of the Civil War, I take a look at what life under Franco was like.
Is the Far right on the rise in Spain and can we avoid it?
What is going on with Catalonia and why do they want independence? Is it the same as Scotland and are they really any different to the Spanish? Living in Madrid I am exposed to plenty of news, rumours, insults and praise for the region and its people, and I wanted to share and explore thatContinue reading “Catalonia: Why can’t they have a referendum?”
When you say Costa del Sol you think of drunk Brits, and the more romantic of us may think of olive farms and flamenco. Well, this is only partly true. What about hundreds of Green houses? And Africans? Recently, I became aware of Norvara Media, a growing underground news channel that has a website, YouTubeContinue reading “Spain’s less than picturesque white coast: European slavery lives here”
Just driving home What could be more Spanish than driving back from Granada; stopping in a no frills services station for a ‘Menu del Dia’ and then seeing one of the legendary black bull signs on the side of the motorway. Well, this was how my Sunday was going until my wife made a suggestion.Continue reading “Franco café and a fallen angel”
If you have American friends but cannot express why they annoy, send them this list… it’s a joke by the way! There aren’t many Americans in Bristol, if there are you can hear their accent from a mile away, booming over the rest of us like an air raid siren. Then in London I didn’tContinue reading “Why Americans annoy the British.”
The way of the Activist By Jamie Driscoll and Rachel Broardbent Published by CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; 1st edition (16 Aug. 2017) Is this a cult handbook? Or a faction guide on how to over throw your local Labour party CLP or branch? It is neither, so you can take a deep breath and relax…Continue reading “Book review: The way of the Activist”
Everyone on the Internet is trying to be positive- ’10 ways to lift yourself into a new life’ ‘Make great life choices with this method’ and everyone can become a life coach for a few 100€ and an online course. Does any of it work for the poor souls? probably not or maybe it’s theContinue reading “5 reasons being cynical can change your life”
Last in the pub series What can I say about British pubs? Well, they are home! From your generic Wetherspoons with its 1970s carpet and flowery plates, to your local that has been in the family for generations, British pubs are irreplaceable. Many pubs have similar features, from the warmth of the sofas to theContinue reading “Pub series: The Great British living room.”
For the Many, Preparing Labour For Power. Edited by Mike Phipps. Various contributors. OR Books 2017, Kindle February 2018 This book is an extension of the well received 2017 election manifesto, For The Many Not The Few. This book expands and leads the way for discussion about how a future Labour government could function. ForContinue reading “For the Many: Preparing Labour For Power – Book Review”