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”

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”

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!”

Trump the Fascist

Editorial In the end, Donald Trump’s coup failed but it was squeaky-bum time for a week or so. ‘I won the election,’ he tweeted in the early hours of 16th November, almost a fortnight after he lost the election. A week later, even as he finally permitted the transition to Joe Biden’s presidency to begin,Continue reading “Trump the Fascist”

Eyeless in Gaza

Editorial Article 6(b) of the 1945 Charter of the International Military Tribunal, later enshrined in the Fourth Geneva Convention, classifies the indiscriminate bombardment of civilian targets as a war crime. For 11 days in May, the Israel Defence Forces carried out such a bombardment, launching hundreds of air strikes on residential areas in Gaza, whoseContinue reading “Eyeless in Gaza”

Why we are Green Socialists

by Bryn Glover Introduction We are GREEN because we recognise certain clear and unequivocal truths about human activity. Currently, the human race treats planet Earth as if were an endless storehouse or bottomless sewer. This may have been going on for thousands of years, but the time has come for it to stop. We haveContinue reading “Why we are Green Socialists”

Good Cop, bad Cop?

Editorial THE Cop26 summit in Glasgow was meant to be a defining moment in the struggle to save our planet from climate catastrophe. So was it a success or failure? That depends on what you compare it with. Since the first ‘conference of parties’ to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change was held inContinue reading “Good Cop, bad Cop?”