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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…

Beware a Covid Coalition

Britain’s ‘4 week national lockdown’ will not halt the rate at which Tory pandemic planning falls apart. Privately, there are calls for a ‘Grand Coalition’, a Government of National Unity to save the country. For Labour (and Britain) it would be the Kiss of the Spider Woman; something to be avoided as much as Covid…

The Prisoner

Are we the new Number 6? Don’t be under any illusions. This article offers no sanctuary for the advocates of ‘herd immunity’. As an answer to the Covid-19 pandemic, it’s a price too high. A colossal increase in death rates, and overwhelming the NHS, does not even bear thinking about. All the same, the growing…

The Politics of Uncertainty

The government’s educational omnishambles is stealing all the headlines at the moment. It pushes political incompetence to new limits. But behind the debacle lies a bigger crime. Boris Johnson is killing parliamentary democracy faster than the pandemic is killing people. And though Labour is immeasurably more virtuous, the Party struggles to lay a glove on…

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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...

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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.

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I’m sorry to say this just illustrates perfectly the reason why the protest was important in the first place. Frightening stuff frankly

@LilianGreenwood @AlanSimpson01 more reasons to green #Nottingham City Centre and build Greyfriars park

These points made in the Labour Against the War document I helped write at the time, countering the claims made in Labour’s Dodgy Dossier. Sadly, most Labour MPs chose to believe the lies.

Joss Garman@jossgarman

This series is brilliant but agree with this: the bullshit seemed obvious at the time too. https://t.co/ZwwgzgrU7d

Never mind not rinsing your dishes - @BylineTimesPod @GoldbergRadio has some really inspirational and practical advice from @AlanSimpson01 on how to combat #ClimateEmergency (NOTE: it doesn't involve flying from London to Cornwall)

From @BylineTimes

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Boris Johnson's mantra en route to election victory in 2019 was 'getting Brexit done'. But now that we've left the EU, is the UK g...

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Hello @Fidelity_UK. You own 7m shares in Rockhopper plc, which is suing Italy's government for acting on climate change, & hoping to use the winnings to drill for oil in the Falklands / Malvinas. Which side of history do you expect to be on? These are morally stranded assets.

Hello @Fidelity_UK. You own 7m shares in Rockhopper plc, which is suing Italy's government for acting on climate change, & hoping to use the winnings to drill for oil in the Falklands / Malvinas. Which side of history do you expect to be on? These are morally stranded assets.

All Boris has to do is … (pause for laughter) … define where he wants the customs border with the EU to be. Not being in the single market was always going to end in tears.

Léonie Greene #RejoinEU@LeonieGreene

@lukemcgee I think offensive is the operative word here.

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