Category Archives: Politics

Please do whatever you can to defend the human rights of Palestinians (letter to my MP)

Dear Ms Cherry I struggle to express how upset I am at the horrific ongoing events in Israel-Palestine. I was born in Scotland but grew up in erstwhile white-majority-rule Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe) and apartheid South Africa, and am aware of … Continue reading

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There’s no such thing as sustainable palm oil. Cut it out of your diet, yes, but there’s more to be done.

Update 3 (afternoon, 24 April 2021): I still don’t believe there is such a thing as ‘sustainable’ palm oil If you search ‘palm oil you’ll find a plethora of articles arguing that boycotting palm oil is bad and that we should … Continue reading

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Two simple ideas for combating climate change

These ideas won’t save the biosphere, but they might make some difference… Several times a day I am distressed to see drivers sitting in their stationary, fossil fuel-powered vehicles, with the engines idling. It’s one thing to do this while … Continue reading

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Do Rich People Deserve to Be Rich?

Originally posted on Forgot About Keynes:
One of our abiding modern myths, as Russell Brand and George Monbiot explained in a recent episode of the Trews is: “that if you’re rich, you deserve to be rich and that story means that…

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A friend’s Brexit project

I had the honour of participating in a friend’s Brexit project, featuring portraits of people displaying their distress over Brexit and transcripts of what they have to say. Click on the image below to visit the site (and scroll down … Continue reading

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BBC fails to mention anti-Semitism interviewee is Friend of Israel

This morning BBC Radio 4 featured a long interview with Catherine McKinnell MP about the Labour Party’s supposed mishandling of the supposed crisis of anti-Semitism within it. (The real crisis, of course, is one of infiltration by hard-line Zionism.) As … Continue reading

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I support the new HAIR definition of racism. Do you?

I support the new HAIR definition of racism in full, including the examples. #HAIRdef Racism is defined as: The belief that races have distinctive cultural characteristics determined by hereditary factors and that this endows some races with an intrinsic superiority. … Continue reading

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GMB and Unison leaders betray trade union values and urge Labour Party to adopt pro-Israel antisemitism definition

I am extremely distressed to hear that the leaders of both Unison and GMB – large UK trade unions – have joined the pro-Israel bandwagon and urged the Labour Party to adopt the pro-Israel IHRA definition of antisemitism in full … Continue reading

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Kill the ‘natural capital’ approach before it kills us.

[Update, April 2021: This Russell Brand/Vandana Shiva video is relevant to the natural capital debate as well as the topic of restorative climate justice. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gmEc7_jV3j0 ] [Update, January 2021: An employee of Ethical Consumer informed me of this excellent summary … Continue reading

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False-flag false flags? Why supporters of Scottish independence need to be careful about what they say re terrorism.

I believe that the appropriate immediate response to any act of violence perpetrated on non-combatants is to condemn all such acts out of hand and express sympathy for the victims. The most counterproductive response, if one is trying to build support … Continue reading

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