A new cold war in China

Hugh Barnes considers the plight of the Uyghur Muslims of Xinjiang THE rise of China as an economic, political and military superpower is a fact of history. Within the next five years, the Chinese economy will overtake its American counterpart to become the largest in the world. Until a few years ago its rapid growth andContinue reading “A new cold war in China”

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”

Netanyahu’s endgame

TOBY ABSE surveys the fallout from Israel’s most recent election and the ousting of ‘King Bibi’ ISRAEL has held four elections since April 2019 that ended with no clear winner, and the outcome of the most recent poll, held in March this year, was just as inconclusive as the others. In other words, it didContinue reading “Netanyahu’s endgame”

Letter from Italy

By Toby Abse Mario Draghi’s new Italian government of national unity, sworn in on 13th February 2021, has sought to present itself as much more  ‘green’ than its immediate predecessor, Giuseppe Conte’s second government (September 2019 – January 2021). Most notably, Draghi has created a new Ministry of Ecological Transition, which has a slightly expanded remitContinue reading “Letter from Italy”

Learning from lockdown

By Bryn Glover The past year has witnessed a kind of global experiment in public health and social security. Most of the results have been depressing. In the United Kingdom, a corrupt and incompetent government has allowed over 125,000 of its citizens to die from the Sars-Cov-2 virus. Unemployment has soared to nearly two million.Continue reading “Learning from lockdown”

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!”