News from Somewhere Else

Latest from Blog

Selfie Centered – The Politics of Disrespect and Division

“What we have on our hands is a species problem. None of us is exempt… People – communities, castes, races and even countries – carry their tragic histories and their misfortunes around like trophies, or like stock, to be bought and sold on the open market.” (Arundhati Roy, The Ministry of Utmost Happiness, pp 194/5,…

Stuck in the Muddle With EU

The script isn’t Tarantino. Theresa May is hardly Mrs Blonde. But Britain’s Brexit debate is becoming a painful form of national torture that could have been plucked straight from Reservoir Dogs.

For the Many … and the One

If there are seminal moments in politics, Jeremy Corbyn’s speech at the 2018 Labour Conference will go down as one of then. This was when the planet took centre stage.

Embracing the Unthinkable

It wasn’t the 130 forest fires raging across the USA that got to me, nor the UK’s moorland fires, the torrential storms hitting Belfast with 2 months rain in 2 hours, the lightning strikes that took out …

When the war is over

When I was a child there was a low wall not far from my nan’s house. It was lined with the nobbled ‘knuckles’ of what had once been an iron-railing fence.

Labour’s ‘Maginot Line’ Moment

It was one of the biggest infrastructure projects in human history. For much of the 1930’s, and at a cost of 3.3bn francs, France built itself a 900-mile network of tunnels, underground bunkers…


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.


European Court of Justice says Britain does not have to do Brexit 'jump without a parachute'. Brexiteers insist we must - 'there's a whole world of free-fall trade agreements just waiting to catch us'. Would rather believe in Santa.

Safe politics? So, May has opted for a temporary 'withdrawal of withdrawal' Brexit plan. This is the new politicus interuptus - guaranteed to satisfy no one.

not saying it’s exactly like WW1 but a lot of people thought the Brexit wrangling would be over by Christmas

On Thurs Green Cllr Jacqi Hodgson wil put a motion to @DevonCC calling on cllrs to declare a Climate Emergency, pledge to make #Devon carbon neutral by 2030 & report within 6 months what actions the Council will take.

Full motion here:

Agenda item - Declare a Climate Emergency | Democracy in Devon

Complete rubbish.
1. The Euro-Right grows by pandering to separatism.
2. Trade Union democracy is rooted in members/people having the final 'informed' say, and
3. The real need is to redistribute wealth not rekindle prejudice.

Jim Pickard@PickardJE

Zac Goldsmith just warned that any successful attempt to overturn Brexit will leave the UK susceptible to the rise of far-right parties - as has happened across mainland Europe in recent months

We've deleted an earlier version of this video that incorrectly described Sir David Attenborough as a 'naturist.' We of course meant to describe him as a naturalist. We regret the error.

Load More...