Looping the Thread

9 Nov

One of the most enduring sounds from my childhood was the drone of my grandmother’s Singer sewing machine. As I sat watching the television, I’d be dimly aware of the comfortable hum of the needle coming from the ‘wee’ bedroom of her council house, whe…

Yoke Mates of Destruction

7 Nov

The unelected Prime Minister arrived in the country today and began lying and lying. He first claimed that Labour have done a deal with the SNP  and second that they’d hold a referendum next year. Both of these claims are untrue.  He told reporters in …

Barricades

5 Nov

The background to all this is the tolling of the Abbey bell. It’s tolling now, while George Monbiot reads to us from the Inter-governmental Panel on Climate Change report. He’s reading the section about sea level rise: how it will impact small islands …

Pacts, Deals and Non Deals

4 Nov

We’re just a few days into this tinselly General Election and how are we all doing? Are you feeling more Ho Ho Ho or the Grinch Stole Christmas? The media is playing catch-up with the new reality and seems to think its acceptable to have TV debat…

On Dave King and Karl Marx

4 Nov

I’m not sure how familiar the Ibrox faithful are with the works of Karl Marx, but it was himself who wrote “History repeats itself, the first as tragedy, then as farce” in his essay The Eighteenth Brumaire of Louis Napoleon published …

Why this won’t be a Coronation for Boris

30 Oct

Order comes from chaos, and Brexitland Britain is a petri-dish of disorder and malcontent. The preening hubris of Conservatives about the coming election is worth listening to. But there are reasons to suggest this will not be the coronation that Princ…

Being Normal

28 Oct

This piece by Neal Ascherson has been getting a lot of attention (The long Brexit ordeal will finish off the break-up of Britain), particularly his claim that: “It’s commonly said that the Brexit years have made the English more xenophobic, less …

Bella Recharge

28 Oct

Being a part of the deeper democracy movement, getting ready for the next referendum and for the coming general election, and facing the wider socio-ecological crisis, Bella is having a re-boot for the year ahead. In the year ahead our energy will focu…