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Trapped in Brexit’s web

Brexit web

Yesterday – we are told – Chancellor Phillip Hammond and Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell held meaningful talks about the way ahead on Brexit.  Everyone – we are assured – is taking the cross-party talks seriously.  None – they tell us – wishes to allow petty personal or party concerns to …

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Let’s talk about Ebbw Vale

Ebbw Vale town centre

Ebbw Vale is back in the news again thanks to a fleeting visit from émigré Guardian journalist Carole Cadwalladr in preparation for a TED talk that is currently doing the rounds on social media.  Her aim was to copy the US Democrats in claiming that their political decline can be …

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The shadow without the substance

Poll Tax 1990

Last weekend several hundred thousand protestors marched in central London to call for Britain to remain in the European Union.  Days later a petition on the Parliament website calling for Article 50 to be revoked went viral; attracting so many signatures in so short a time that the site kept …

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Brexit to last indefinitely

Brexit crackpot realism

Having succeeded in uniting the UK parliament in the only way possible, Theresa May has resorted to running down the clock in the vain hope that when MPs stare into the economic abyss of a no-deal Brexit they will recoil in horror and reluctantly vote through her deal.  The trouble …

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A dangerous exercise in self-delusion

Brexit delusion

Writer and one-time political candidate Upton Sinclair famously observed that: “It is difficult to get a man to understand something when his salary depends upon his not understanding it.”  With this in mind, we might want to consider the ongoing Tory blindness to the way their own actions have completely …

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The end of the Eloi

Eloi

There is a scene in H.G. Well’s book The Time Machine when, far in the future, the time traveller encounters a group of people called the Eloi.  These people appear to live an idyllic lifestyle in which all of their needs are catered for.  But as the traveller moves toward …

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Denting the denial

Trading safety for peace of mind

The coming year may prove to be the one in which the rose-tinted spectacles finally begin to slip and the enormity of our predicament begins to dawn.  The simple reason for this is that by the end of 2018 the unsustainability of our current way of life had begun to …

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Climbing Everest in high heels

Mountains in heels

Britain has – apparently – been thrown into crisis overnight.  Meanwhile across the channel, French president Macron is desperately trying to extinguish the flames of another weekend of mass protests that have now spread to Belgium and Holland.  In Eastern Europe the hard-right are gaining support; even undermining the previously …

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A people’s campaign

People's vote on Brexit

Rather like being pregnant or dead, you are either in or not in the European Union.  We now know this because, at the end of two years’ negotiating, Theresa May has come back with a bodged Brexit deal that is unacceptable to both the Vote Leave and the Vote Remain …

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Tim Watkins talks to Sam Mitchell at Collapse Chronicles

Collapse

Below is my recent interview with Sam Mitchell from Collapse Chronicles.  In the course of about an hour we range over the ‘Three Es’ – energy, economy and environment – before finishing up with a discussion about maintaining mental health in an age of collapse. As you made it to the …

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