Architects for Social Housing (ASH) was set up in March 2015 in order to respond architecturally to London’s housing ‘crisis’. We are a Community Interest Company that organises working collectives of architects, urban designers, engineers, surveyors, planners, film-makers, photographers, artists, writers and housing campaigners for individual projects. Tailored to meet specific needs, these collectives operate with … Continue reading Manifesto
On Saturday 29 May, up to a million people from all over the UK (the march took 2 hours to pass a given point) marched from Parliament Square, up Whitehall, through Trafalgar Square, up the Charing Cross Road, along Oxford Street and out through West London to Shepherd’s Bush, where (after a few wrong turns in Acton) we peacefully … Continue reading March for Freedom: London, 29 May, 2021
1. The Conspiracy within the Conspiracy Last week I watched Close Encounters of the Third Kind for the first time. Like everybody else, I was familiar with images from the film — Richard Dreyfuss making the iconic mountain out of a plate of mashed potato, the mothership (from which Parliament Funk unfortunately doesn’t descend) in … Continue reading Behind the Mask, the Conspiracy!
‘I am getting tough on these thugs.’ — The Rt Hon. Priti Patel, Home Secretary She said there is no reason But the truth was plain to see When Piccadilly was a circus And Eros a chimney sweep And boys from Southend-on-Sea Could make music of the spheres In that brief decade of hope A … Continue reading The Battle of Hyde Park
Brave New World: Expanding the UK Biosecurity State through the Winter of 2020-2021, our second collection of articles on the coronavirus crisis, is available as a 203-page pdf file for a £10 donation to ASH through PayPal. As all our articles are, they are also available for free on this website. Preface This is the … Continue reading Brave New World: Expanding the UK Biosecurity State through the Winter of 2020-2021
‘For whether or not the age of revolutions is over, the age of state-formation has only just begun.’ — T. J. Clark, Farewell to an Idea, 1999 Table of Contents What We Know The Conspiracy Paradox The Power of Nightmares Capitalising on the Crisis Disruption and Redeployment The Emerging Ideology Biosecurity as Cultic Practice The … Continue reading Cui Bono? The COVID-19 ‘Conspiracy’
Table of Contents Laying the Foundations Competing Causes of Death Evidence for Lockdown Deaths Recovering the Dead Overall Mortality in the ‘Epidemic’ What Happened to the Excess Deaths? Conclusions It’s official. The UK now has the ‘highest COVID death-rate in the world’. To use a phrase repeatedly employed by our Government throughout this crisis to … Continue reading Lies, Damned Lies and Statistics: Manufacturing the Crisis
Table of Contents Qualifying Human Rights Sectioning the Public Future Legislation A Living Laboratory Pathologising Dissent Addendum: Why did so many German doctors join the Nazi Party early? On Monday, 14 December, in response to a petition signed by 325,797 people asking the Government ‘to prevent any restrictions being placed on those who refuse to … Continue reading Our Default State: Compulsory Vaccination for COVID-19 and Human Rights Law
Though not Jewish, Irish or Black I nonetheless would refuse To drink in a pub that proclaimed: ‘No Irish, no Blacks and no Jews.’ Everyone has the choice to make Principled or expedient: To comply with discrimination Or civil disobedience. The Yellow Star, ‘whites-only’ bar, Countries where women are veiled Detained ‘illegal aliens’ Julian Assange … Continue reading The Nuremberg Defence
From Development to Approval At the end of November, it was revealed that the Oxford Vaccine Group had conducted the clinical trial showing its vaccine for COVID-19 had an efficacy of 90 per cent exclusively on volunteers aged 55 and below, thereby excluding precisely the demographic most at risk from the disease. Shares in its … Continue reading Bowling for Pfizer: Who’s Behind the BioNTech Vaccine?
1. Yesterday all the past On 5 October this year, the Italian philosopher of biopolitics, Giorgio Agamben, published his most powerful and poetic text yet on the coronavirus crisis. Titled Quando la casa brucia, this was Agamben’s sixteenth text about the crisis; yet unlike the others it was not immediately translated and circulated around the world. … Continue reading Five Stories Under Lockdown