Extinction Rebellion: Socialist Revolution

On Easter Sunday, after a week of protests and over a thousand arrests, Extinction Rebellion’s political circle coordinator, the climate change lawyer Farhana Yamin, announced that the week of protests in London would now be ‘paused’ as commuters went back to work and shop. This would show, she said - although she didn’t say whom … Continue reading Extinction Rebellion: Socialist Revolution

Two or Three Things to Remember on this Day of Remembrance

A conflict started by the ruling classes of Europe’s imperialist nations for the right to expand or maintain their empires in the Balkans, the Middle East, India, Africa and Asia, the Great War was overwhelmingly fought by the working classes of those nations, who – even if they saw through the nationalist rhetoric of their … Continue reading Two or Three Things to Remember on this Day of Remembrance

The Peasants’ Revolt: Lessons from History

This article, published on the 27th anniversary of the attack by the Metropolitan Police Service on the Poll Tax demonstration in London on 31 March 1990, is dedicated to Ian Bone, class warrior and comrade. The illustrations of the Peasants’ Revolt are by Clifford Harper. When looking back on an historical event it’s useful to … Continue reading The Peasants’ Revolt: Lessons from History

Entente Cordiale: An anal probe into London’s housing crisis

Anal Probe London’s a cesspit. Wherever you stick your probe, it comes out stinking of corruption. Last Tuesday, 21 February, over two weeks after a possession order was granted on the land (but not the property) at 18 Grosvenor Gardens, the Autonomous Nation of Anarchist Libertarians moved to new premises, their third in Belgravia in … Continue reading Entente Cordiale: An anal probe into London’s housing crisis

Campaign for Beti: Equality Duties of the Guinness Partnership and the Human Rights of their Tenants

Betiel Mahari was a resident of the Loughborough Park Estate in Brixton who paid social rent on her flat. Despite living there for 10 years, Beti was kept on an assured shorthold tenancy by the housing association, who never gave her security of tenure. So when the Guinness Partnership demolished her home in 2015 and … Continue reading Campaign for Beti: Equality Duties of the Guinness Partnership and the Human Rights of their Tenants

The Anarchist Present: Eaton Square

I know almost nothing of anarchist theory, but of what little I know there seems to be a problem with what happens afterwards. A little like Jane Eyre’s famous concluding line — ‘Reader, I married him’ — it’s the unwritten bit that follows that will determine whether the love affair was real or just infatuation. … Continue reading The Anarchist Present: Eaton Square

Harrods and the Social Cleansing of London

There was a disproportionately large police presence last Saturday at the United Voices of the World demonstration at Harrods Department Store. The protest was called in support of 450 waiters and chefs demanding they receive 100 per cent of their tips from customers, rather than the 25 per cent they are currently receiving, which reduces … Continue reading Harrods and the Social Cleansing of London

Resist Guinness Evictions: Campaign for Beti

Last night I met up with Beti, a former tenant of the Loughborough Park Estate in Brixton, which was demolished by the Guinness Partnership last year, resulting in the loss of 180 homes for social rent. Having been evicted from her Assured Shorthold Tenancy, which she had held for 10 years, Beti lost her business, … Continue reading Resist Guinness Evictions: Campaign for Beti

Stirling Prize Protest 2016: From the Heygate to the Aylesbury

‘This year’s Stirling Prize list is safe. There is nothing that is going to upset anyone on there and it’s unlikely we’ll see protesters gathering outside Portland Place like last year, when Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners’ NEO Bankside made the list.’ – Laura Mark, The Architects’ Journal It’s that time of year again, when … Continue reading Stirling Prize Protest 2016: From the Heygate to the Aylesbury