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

For a Socialist Architecture: Lectures at 221A, Vancouver

For a Socialist Architecture can be downloaded here. PREFACE Over the summer of 2019, as part of ASH’s research fellowship with 221A, we took up a month’s residency in Vancouver, Canada. Over four lectures held on Friday afternoons between 19 July and 9 August, we presented our thoughts about the necessity and possibility of a socialist … Continue reading For a Socialist Architecture: Lectures at 221A, Vancouver

After Labour

General Election Results this Decade 2010 (29,687,604 votes on a 65.1% turnout) Conservative Party: 10,703,754 votes (306 seats) Labour Party: 8,609,527 votes (258 seats) Liberal Democrat Party: 6,836,824 votes (57 seats) Scottish National Party: 491,386 votes (6 seats) Green Party: 285,616 votes (1 seat) Democratic Unionist Party: 168,216 votes (8 seats) Conservative-Liberal Democrat Coalition Government … Continue reading After Labour

The Parliamentary Road to Capitalism

I’ve stayed away from the media circus leading up to the latest General Election, but yesterday I watched Andrew Marr interviewing, in turn, Brandon Lewis, the Conservative Minister for State and Security; Nicola Sturgeon, the First Minister of Scotland and leader of the Scottish National Party; and John McDonnell, the Labour Shadow Chancellor of the … Continue reading The Parliamentary Road to Capitalism

The Very Model of a Modern Parliamentarian

I grew so rich that I was sent By a pocket borough into Parliament. I always voted at my Party’s call, And I never thought of thinking for myself at all. — Gilbert and Sullivan Identifying which election hustings is the most boring you’ve ever attended is a bit like being asked whom you’d prefer … Continue reading The Very Model of a Modern Parliamentarian

Tactical Voting: A Socialist Option

One of the primary reasons the Labour Party gives for voting for it in a General Election is its perennial claim that: ‘A vote for any other party is a vote for the Tories!’ Leaving aside the fact that the Tory Party was dissolved in 1834, this attempt to reduce Parliamentary politics in this country … Continue reading Tactical Voting: A Socialist Option

The Brexit Election: A Working-class Perspective

The orthodox view of Brexit among the so-called Left in this country — which is to say, the view propagated by pro-capitalist liberal papers like The Guardian — is that it was a cunning plan dreamed up by Tory rebels to play on the inherent racism of the British working class and divide the Labour … Continue reading The Brexit Election: A Working-class Perspective

The Labour Party Manifesto on Housing 2019

This is my first reading of the content relating to housing in the Labour Party Manifesto 2019, which was published today following Jeremy Corbyn’s speech at the launch of the manifesto in Birmingham. Well, it’s not a good start. Although, on the contents page for the manifesto, the National Health Service, Education, Police and Security Services, … Continue reading The Labour Party Manifesto on Housing 2019

ASH Housing Manifesto 2019

For a Socialist Model of Housing Provision 1. All new housing must be social housing Every time a new residential development applies for planning permission in London there’s a debate about whether 15 per cent, or 30 per cent, or 45 per cent is an acceptable or sufficient share of so-called ‘affordable housing’ — without … Continue reading ASH Housing Manifesto 2019

Running Man: The Johnson-Corbyn ‘Debate’

I got through about 30 seconds of the Johnson-Corbyn ‘debate’ last night before I had to turn it off. In actuality, my computer turned itself off, as if the GCHQ camera hidden in its screen responded to the look on my face. My first reaction was one of shame, like watching two naked old men … Continue reading Running Man: The Johnson-Corbyn ‘Debate’