Category: UK

About politics and economics in the UK

Dousing the Fires, Part Five – only love can overcome

Dousing the fires: On the crisis of hegemony, the forthcoming war of manoeuvre, and how only love can win this war Part Five: Only love shall overcome As usual, you can listen to this blogpost here… In the previous article (part four of five), I predicted that, on the election of a progressive government, the…

Dousing the Fires, Part Four – a war of manoeuvre

Dousing the fires: On the crisis of hegemony, the forthcoming war of manoeuvre, and how only love can win this war Part Four: Predicting the next 12-24 months: an outright war of manoeuvre begins As usual, you can listen to this blogpost here… In the previous article (three of five), I offered evidence for how…

Dousing the fires, Part Two: The UK’s economic, social, and political crises

Dousing the fires: On the crisis of hegemony, the forthcoming war of manoeuvre, and how only love can win this war Part Two: The UK’s economic, social, and political crises As usual, if you prefer to listen to the blogpost, you can do so below here. In the first article of this five-part series, I…

Dousing the fires: On the crisis of hegemony, the forthcoming war of manoeuvre, and how only love can win this war – Part One: introduction and understanding ‘hegemony’

Dear readers, If you prefer to listen to this blogpost, you can do so right here… Part One: Introduction and understanding ‘hegemony’ The world is ablaze!! In Syria, Iraq, Yemen, Somalia, Portugal, Pakistan, London, fires burn, destroying lives and fuelling the fires of righteous rage spreading across our entire planet. The fire that burned down…

To UK readers – A vote for Labour is a vote for yourself, for ourselves

Dear friends, I’m sorry I haven’t been blogging in recent months. It’s been a combination of a bit of a crisis of confidence (which I’m over) and a lifestyle change that’s seen me move away from my desk for a few months. I’m actually working as a tour guide for a bit here in Oxford,…

On Comic Relief and charity generally: make charity history!

Here’s a post I wrote two years ago at the time of the last Comic Relief Day in 2015. I re-read it and it still resonated with me, so I’m reposting here. Sorry I’ve not been writing. I will start writing again soon on some thoughts about the nature of ‘post-truth’ and how to respond.…

On Jeremy Corbyn: let’s end cynicism and embrace (critical) hope

Dear friends, Feel free to listen to a recording of this blogpost above… I just want to make three points about Jeremy Corbyn and his re-election. I want to argue the following: (1) Ultimately, we should analyse Corbyn’s role in terms of its significance as part of a growing counter-hegemonic war of manoeuvre against capital…

Why I burned my EU referendum ballot paper

You can listen to a podcast of this blogpost here. Otherwise, just read on 🙂   Dear reader, Because I’m out of the country on EU referendum polling day, I received my ballot paper early, intending to vote by post. As you may have seen by now, yesterday I burned my EU referendum ballot paper.…

What does the economy look like, Part Two: Developing the view from below

A brief summary of Part One of this post In an earlier blogpost entitled ‘What does the economy look like? And why does it matter?’, I critiqued mainstream graphic representations of the economy, giving the examples of the commonly spotted GDP chart and supply-demand curve. Without dismissing the usefulness of graphs and charts to reveal…