Grubs up!

Bryn Glover samples the green future of food HUMANITY faces a major challenge if we are to feed a global population of 10 billion by the end of the century. The simplest way to analyse the nature of this problem is to think in energy terms. Energy is measured in calories or joules and we’reContinue reading “Grubs up!”

Will Brexit break Britain?

By Malcolm Christie The United Kingdom is a multinational state, comprising England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland – the ‘awesome foursome’, according to Boris Johnson. Yet the UK is becoming disunited as a result of Brexit and covid-19. Unionism is under threat. Just as it wriggles free from the EU’s grip, the UK is lockedContinue reading “Will Brexit break Britain?”

Bloody Sunday

Photo: Michael Barnes (seated, left) and family at his mother’s funeral in Dublin in 1988 Today is the centenary of Bloody Sunday, when the British army killed or fatally wounded 14 civilians during a Gaelic football match at Croke Park, Dublin. Here the former Labour MP Michael Barnes describes his parents’ walk-on (or drive-by) roleContinue reading “Bloody Sunday”

Book Review

Frank Ramsey: A Sheer Excess of Powers by Cheryl Misak, Oxford University Press 2020 £25 ISBN: 978-0198755357 By Hugh Barnes Does socialism add up? This is a mathematical question as well as a political and moral one. A hundred years ago, mathematical economics was dominated by socialist advocates of Soviet-style central planning. Later, in the 1930s, JohnContinue reading “Book Review”

The Power of Protest

Fighting racism and police brutality in lockdown from Minneapolis to Hong Kong By Hugh Barnes The history of protest is as old as the history of anything. People have always protested against oppression because it has always existed. Unless you have a vote, and sometimes even if you do, demonstrating in public is the bestContinue reading “The Power of Protest”

Transport to the Future

By Mike Davies AS a society, in order to reduce global heating, we need urgently and drastically to reduce the greenhouse gases that we pump into our atmosphere. We must also cut the amount of other unhealthy pollutants that cause illness and death. A major source of both is transport of goods and people. ThereContinue reading “Transport to the Future”

Pigs in a poke

Mike Davies sounds the alarm over a toxic US trade deal post-Brexit Trade is a good thing as long as it’s on fair terms and to the benefit of both parties. Britons have been trading with countries as far away as the Pacific for thousands of years. So what is wrong with having more tradeContinue reading “Pigs in a poke”

It’s a GLOBAL pandemic, stupid!

Rishi Sunak’s plan to cut the UK’s foreign aid target is misguided – and will further harm Britain’s international reputation International development has been one of the great success stories of the past 30 years. From 1990 until last year the number of victims of extreme poverty fell from two billion, or 36% of theContinue reading “It’s a GLOBAL pandemic, stupid!”

Starmer Shows His True Colours

Why Labour has turned out to be a dead-end for the left By Mike Davies When Jeremy Corbyn was elected, and then re-elected, as Leader of the Labour Party, a wave of enthusiasm swept the left. Was this the beginning of a real opposition party in Britain? Some backed Corbyn’s politics by joining Labour, includingContinue reading “Starmer Shows His True Colours”

Covid and the development gap

By Mike Davies The covid-19 pandemic is not a surprise. There are hundreds of strains of coronavirus, most of which only affect animals. Ever since the outbreak of Sars in 2002, and of Mers (or camel flu) a decade later, scientists have been warning that climate change, urbanisation, and international air travel create the perfectContinue reading “Covid and the development gap”