Interesting, informative and funny items.
Katherine Trebeck, Global Research Policy Adviser, Oxfam GB The starting point: a flawed economic model? It seems we are now entering a period of diminishing marginal benefit – if not increasing harm – from the sort of growth currently sought by most mainstream political parties and media. In most advanced industrial countries median wages have stagnated
By Jeff Goulding: There’s a story that Charlie Chaplin was once confronted by a question from a journalist about his religion. At the time it was said by many that Chaplin was “secretly Jewish.” Here, the use of the adjective “secretly” passes judgement on the noun Jewish. Why would the movie star want to hide
by Caroline New: Crazy idea. A backwards march? For someone like me with extensive arthritis, the idea is horrific. We were called upon to do a local march to coincide with the London one on Sunday May 8th, but I decided straight away that if anyone walked backwards it would be for a short time
By Assemblies for Democracy: “Our democracy would look like a creeping, crypto-oligarchy to the ancient Greeks – and many today may be coming to a similar conclusion.” Paul Cartledge, Professor of Greek Culture, Cambridge. Reconstituting British democracy, a personal account by Dr Chris Forman, of the “Constituting Democracy” event organised by Assemblies for Democracy. On
By Bertie Russell of Plan C Manchester: Writing in the Telegraph at the beginning of April, the now-former Prime Minister framed Brexit as a ‘needless and reckless… act of economic and political self-harm’[i]. The same conclusion was drawn by a Financial Times editorial in the days prior to the referendum; with Brexit amounting to a