Back to school

By Celia Foote EVEN before the covid-19 pandemic there was a large gap in achievement between rich and poor school pupils. In Britain, for example, children from disadvantaged backgrounds were already twice as likely to leave school without basic qualifications in English and maths. After months of coronavirus-induced school closures, the inequality gap has grownContinue reading “Back to school”

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”

From Chile with love

By Liz Peck This autumn marks the 50th anniversary of the election victory of Salvador Allende in Chile. On 4th September 1970, he was swept to power as the first Marxist to become president of a liberal democracy in Latin America. It was an event that sent shock waves through a region dominated by USContinue reading “From Chile with love”

Deal or no deal?

By Malcolm Christie The United Kingdom’s chaotic exit from the European Union is back in the headlines as the clock ticks down towards the end of the transition period. No wonder first-time Conservative voters in Labour’s former ‘red wall’ seats are scratching their heads. A year ago, Boris Johnson promised a weary public that hisContinue reading “Deal or no deal?”

No place like home

By Bryn Glover The word ‘utopia’ was coined by Thomas More in 1516 for his book of that name in which he described a fictional South Atlantic island paradise. The implication was that such a place could never exist but even More realised that his word derived from the Greek ou-topia, meaning ‘no-place’, could easily beContinue reading “No place like home”