ALAN SIMPSON

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A (hospital) bed for the night

I hear that in New York At the corner of 26th street and Broadway A man stands every evening during the winter months And gets beds for the homeless there By appealing to passers-by. … A few people have a bed for the night For a night the wind is kept from them The snow…

Escaping the Matrix

a search for post-fantasy politics Few people would ever mistake former Tory Health Minister, Matt Hancock for Keanu Reeves. However, his involvement in the ‘I’m a Celebrity, Get Me Out of Here’ TV series has become almost as mind-bending as ‘the Matrix’. Having discharged care-home patients from hospital, without any pre-screening for Covid, Hancock deserves…

All the King’s horses

…neoliberalism’s unstoppable implosion Don’t be distracted by the pantomime of Liz Truss’ resignation. A bigger game is in play; the complete implosion of the Conservative Party. Ever since the days of Margaret Thatcher, the Tory Party has been embroiled in an internal war between competing ideologies. Now the gloves are off. Neoliberal outriders stalked John…

The Winter of Our Discontent

the politics of Truss and turmoil Forget celebrating the government’s screeching U-turn over plans to cut the top rate of tax on high earners. The Truss administration is already a car crash with few survivors. Once Tory MPs found that even in the most loyal areas they couldn’t go down the street without being abused,…

The Charge of the Blight Brigade

  Step aside from traditional pro/anti monarchy arguments for a moment. There’s a more interesting space to dig into. Public expressions of loss and insecurity are entirely rational. We have much to feel insecure about. Energy price rises, food shortages, floods, fires, famine, toxic air, sewage discharges and business collapse queue up threatening to trash…

Alice in Blunderland

The politics of complete confusion As the Tory leadership race tediously draws to a close, even Conservative Party members are hoping that any knock on the door comes from Jehovah’s Witnesses rather than Truss or Sunak. At least God’s canvassers admit to having no political connection to the temporal crises we are locked into. The…

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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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