How do we frame this? How do we put into context the vitriol and hatred directed at a new leader that seeks to represent the needs and desires of the people. What is of course astonishing is that those that so despise him are in fact responsible for his emergence.
I would like to share the following with you today. Last night, a great friend and trade unionist tagged me in a post to tell me about what happened to him yesterday morning. A message was left on his car – “Union faggots – lets see you get home from here” and drove[…]
The Occupy Gandhi Three Update by Donnachadh McCarthy
(Update on my Gandhi arrest!)
At 11.30am on Monday – three things were happening for me simultaneuously.
I was giving the talk that I was invited to give about The Prostitute State at the Runnymede Eco-Village Festival of Democracy which was surrounded by police, illegally[…]
Undemocratic stitch up! The principle of no taxation without representation is an important one to me.
The decision by the Tories to exclude the 1.5 million EU citizens from a vote on one of the most important decisions ever by this country that directly affects their lives is undemocratic, unfair and a stitch-up.[…]
The government is likely to include the repeal of the Human Rights Act (HRA) – which covers such basic rights and freedoms as freedom from torture and the right to a fair trial – in the Queen’s Speech, please take the following steps to urge your MP to argue and vote against repealing[…]
Crossposted from A World to Win.
The Tory election victory cannot disguise the continuing break-up of the political-state system of rule and will actually hasten it. Over 75% of the UK electorate is unrepresented in any meaningful way while Scotland’s anti-austerity aspirations are blocked.
What appears as a shock result belies a deep-going[…]
The lesson of history is that radical social change is achieved by people working together and confronting the dominant power structures over a sustained period of time. The suffragettes, the civil rights activists, LGBT movement, to name a few, have all employed direct action to achieve recognition of their rights. The[…]
Brick Lane Debates: Radical General Assembly
Here is the Brick Lane Debates statement and proposal for the General Assembly tomorrow night.
Why we have called this meeting:
The general election result has created a crisis. A hard-right austerity regime has taken power with the support of barely one in three voters and one[…]
Looking at some next steps for the democratic movement. The day starts at noon with David Whyte discussing
ChildrensAssemblyhis recent book How Corrupt is Britain? (12pm), after which there will be a participatory session on reimagining democracy and moving towards a citizens’ assembly on the constitution opened by Open Democracy founder Anthony Barnett[…]