News from Somewhere Else

Latest from Blog

Antigonish Labour?

Labour is lost. I say this in sadness more than anger. Anger is no substitute for answers. It clouds the fact that the Left could be just as lost as the Right. Boris Johnson has bought himself some ill-deserved credibility; slowly loosening the lockdown rules and stepping up the vaccination programme. Both are welcome. But…

Tony Benn: Still our Man for all Seasons

I find it hard to accept it is 7 years since Tony Benn died. I miss his wisdom, foresight, kindness and humour. Worse still, whether the country realises it or not, we are all the poorer for the loss of Benn’s political acumen and vision. Faced with some of the biggest existential challenges in human…

Bert versus the Dismantled State

We do ourselves no favours by treating the current Policing Bill just as an outrageous assault on a public right to protest. It is…Of course it is. But the violence targeted towards the police in Bristol (and the preceding violence by police themselves towards peaceful protesters) masks the scale of the assault on civil liberties…

The Disunited Kingdom – Radical federalism and the search for a new common-wealth

  Do not underestimate the scale of the democratic crisis facing Britain. Don’t kid yourselves either that it isn’t going to get a lot, lot worse. Brexit opened up wounds that will not easily heal. Mythical claims, wrapped up in sovereignty and identity politics, looked a lot different when viewed from the rotting mounds of…

We, the People – The case for Radical Federalism

Radical constitutional reform is no longer an option, it is an unavoidable necessity. The internal conflicts within the structure of the UK must be resolved. This paper is a contribution to the start of that debate, and sets out the reasons for reform, the principles upon which any future reform should be based, and the process for getting there.

Let them eat what?

Governments fall more often from let-downs than lock-downs. That’s why Marcus Rashford’s ‘end child food-poverty’ campaign has thrown British politics into a tiz. Who would have thought a young, black footballer would provide the leadership politics seems to lack. Although Rashford consistently says “This is not about politics: it is about humanity,” everyone understands the…


Alan's Eco House

Turning a derelict lace hall into an eco home in the middle of Nottingham had some important reasons. It was always how I wanted to live. It was something I had bleated on about for years but not got round to doing...


Transformation Moment

My pamphlet 'Transformation Moment' is intended to support the case for a radical shift in energy thinking; as much about democracy as technology, and about 'systems' rather than just supply.


@AlanSimpson01 Please tell people about this debate:


@AlanSimpson01 Please tell people about this debate:


As the prospects for new nuclear (of any shape or size) decline,so the hype from the industry ramps up remorselessly. Why are so many people - including a few gullible greenies - taken in? Check out my new Report - Net Zero Without Nuclear.

Net Zero Without Nuclear: the Case Against Nuclear Power - Jonathon Porritt

Even as the prospects for nuclear power continue to decline, the industry is spending more and more money seeking to persuade Governments, commentator...

We need something well beyond faux patriotism and narrow nationalisms to get out of the mess we are in. Climate crises will push locality and security centre stage. That’s where radical federalism makes the most useful links. (@RadicalFederal).

Steve Akehurst@SteveAkehurst

I wrote something on 'the Blue Wall' - socially liberal suburban seats long held by the Conservatives but which are trending away from them. I think they get less attention than they should

I’m old enough to remember David Cameron coming to office saying lobbying was going to be the next big scandal, and promising a new law to deal with it. Unfortunately he accidentally made the law an attack on unions and charities instead.

Former Labour MP @AlanSimpson01 pays tribute to the late Ian Gibson >

Load More...