The Greens will fail if we don’t empower young people

Originally published on Bright Green.  Certain sections of the Green Party are considering disempowering Young Greens. The party is currently undergoing a holistic review to improve its internal structures and some people are taking it as an opportunity to say the Young Greens should have their representatives on the party’s executive removed. This is written … Continue reading The Greens will fail if we don’t empower young people

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Big Oil’s recognition of the climate crisis as a tipping point for climate activists

Originally published on The Ecosprinter, the publication of the Federation of Young European Greens.  Disclosures by two of the world’s leading climate wreckers – Exxon and Shell – lay bare the growing consciousness of our new climate reality. With the impacts of climate chaos being increasingly felt, including increasing the severity and frequency of extreme … Continue reading Big Oil’s recognition of the climate crisis as a tipping point for climate activists

Elon Musk and the Bourgeois Space Adventure

Originally published on Bright Green. This week saw the launch of the world’s most powerful rocket – Falcon Heavy – into space, which is owned and operated by Elon Musk’s private space exploration company SpaceX. The eccentric billionaire’s wealth was seeded by his early involvement in PayPal, and now boasts a network of innovative projects … Continue reading Elon Musk and the Bourgeois Space Adventure

History shows that Labour has always been a party of compromise

Originally published on Left Foot Forward.  Founded by socialists, but never a socialist party – it is a view which has been said of the Labour party for many decades. But does it hold true? Simon Hannah’s timely A Party With Socialists In It takes a sweeping look at the Labour left from 1893 through … Continue reading History shows that Labour has always been a party of compromise

Huge profits are being made in the electricity business – but is this in the national interest?

First published in the Ecologist.  Shareholders in the six companies responsible for distributing electricity to homes and businesses across Britain are enjoying vast profits, according to a new Energy and Climate Intelligence Unit report. But this is driving up household bills. TOM PASHBY asks, is there a better alternative? Why, when the cost of living … Continue reading Huge profits are being made in the electricity business – but is this in the national interest?

New methods of persuasion and propaganda define our political age. Is democracy threatened?

First published on Left Foot Forward.  Tom Pashby reviews Lee de-Wit's new book 'What's Your Bias?: The Surprising Science of Why We Vote the Way We Do'. For centuries, ever since the formation of the French Assembly, politics has largely been divided along the Left versus Right spectrum. This has morphed into various forms including … Continue reading New methods of persuasion and propaganda define our political age. Is democracy threatened?

Why Parliament should leave the Palace of Westminster

Originally published on Backbench.  The Palace of Westminster is seen by many as a beacon of Western liberal democracy. It has survived great fires and wars, and seen countless elections and debates that have dramatically altered the course of our history. Whilst it is an impressive building, with artwork from across the centuries and aspects … Continue reading Why Parliament should leave the Palace of Westminster