Universal Credit delayed, and the false dawn of basic income

January 14th: On the same weekend the BBC finally screened Ken Loach’s harrowing “I Daniel Blake”, the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions announced she was reviewing the roll-out of Universal Credit, the government’s notorious new benefit system.

Radical media and the blurred lines of ‘red’ fascism

January 13th: Javier Sethness looks at the modern rise of “red-brown” politics and its infection of the left through the lens of a recent Indy Media on Air showing with prominent radical media figure Chris Burnett, which gave Assadist hardliner Vanessa Beeley a platform offering oddly softball questions.

Portugal: The dockers’ struggle

January 2nd: Pedro Friere takes a deep dive into the background of dockworker strikes in Portugal, which kicked off spectacularly in November with casualised workers taking action in Setúbal and overtime bans linked to proposed pay cuts holding across most of the country’s major ports.

The Movement as Battleground Fighting for the Soul of the Yellow Vest Movement

December 27th: This analysis of the happenings in France was originally published by Crimethinc on 6th December 2018.

Building coalitions outside SUTR/SWP: London Anarchist Federation write up on 9th December Antifascist mobilisaton

December 20th: Stand Up To Racism/Unite Against Fascism (which I will treat as interchangeable from this point) already has a less than stellar reputation among anti-fascists, and their behaviour on the mobilisation against Tommy Robinson on the 9th of December has done nothing to challenge that reputation.

Silent givers: How the government manipulates charity

December 18th: A recent furore in Scotland has focused on the Foreign Office playing piggy bank to a small ‘anti-fake news’ charity, but State policy is continually puppeteering NGOs in far grander and more insidious ways — and it has recently gotten considerably worse.

The Spectacle Belongs to the Tory Party

December 13th: The spectacle belongs to the Tories and aren’t they providing top notch entertainment?

Police Surveillance – a Note for Extinction Rebellion Campaigners

November 21st: Network for Police Monitoring (Netpol) co-ordinator Kevin Blowe breaks down likely tactics police will be using to disrupt the activities of climate action group Extinction Rebellion and why extreme caution should be used when dealing with the force.

On anarchist economies

September 29th: Anarchism is generally not associated with economics — and Iain McKay argues that perhaps it’s time the field got more attention.

The Retreat of the State

September 19th: As I write, there have been more murders in London than New York so far this year, and the Home Secretary has just denied that cuts to police numbers have anything to do with the increase in young people dying.