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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


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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Brexit cascade crisis

Brexit collapse

At the beginning of 2018, anthropologist David Graeber predicted that Brexit would not happen.  His reasoning was simple enough: “I don’t think that they were ever serious about [Brexit]. I think that they were just trying to distract attention. People pointed out that most of the things that they would …

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An echo from the Victorian past

California homelessness

Californian cities are full of shit.  I don’t mean figuratively full of shit.  I mean California really does have a public health problem with human shit fouling pavements and drains as a result of the lack of facilities for the state’s exploding homeless population.  As Nathan Robinson reported in the …

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Lest we forget

Last day of WWI

“At the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month the guns fell silent.” The phrase has been repeated at Remembrance ceremonies and media commentaries around the world so often that the full horror contained in those words is missed by almost everyone who hears them.  For what …

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Brexit checkmate

If there is one thing that Theresa May cannot be accused of it is being decisive.  Her entire – hopefully short-lived – premiership will be defined by indecision and prevarication:  The ill-fated general election that she vowed more than twenty times would never be called; the horrific Universal Credit rollout …

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UK poverty cleansing

DWP poverty

Management guru Anthony Stafford Beer famously argued that “the purpose of a system is what it does.”  While this sounds like a tautology, what he meant was that we should judge organisations by the results of their behaviour rather than the purpose stated in their PR materials: “There is after …

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Enemy already within the gates

Enemy within the gates

While the government attempts to microwave its cold war with Russia, a more menacing adversary may have already breached the national firewalls.  I speak, of course, of the other emerging power in the new tri-polar world: China. In many ways, the new Chinese imperialism is very similar to the nineteenth …

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