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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


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


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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