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Community

Upcoming Event: The Future of Community Organising

The forecasts predict we are heading into one of the most turbulent decades in recent history. The integrity of the political establishment has been disrupted by the worst pandemic in 100 years. Something unseen before in our lifetimes. On top of this, leading economists have predicted the most severe financial crisis in 300 years. The […]

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Opinion

Corona Confusion, Contradictions and Pure C*ck Ups: A VENT

From the left, to the right, to the people that couldn’t care less about politics, there is a feeling we’re all a bit miffed. Last week, the ‘Stay Alert’ message was leaked to the press and thus followed an eruption of confusion that was perhaps best demonstrated by the reactions on Channel 4’s Gogglebox. As […]

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Coronavirus

‘Five Cobra Meetings? That’s Insane!’

On Sunday 19th March 2020 a surprising shift occurred in discourse from the Murdoch-owned right-wing press where The Times reported “failings in February may have cost thousands of lives.” The article cites a senior advisor to Downing Street who “broke ranks” and blamed a “failure of leadership” for the UK’s inability to combat the coronavirus […]

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Opinion

Austerity Britain and Coronavirus: Never Again

The coronavirus pandemic has wrought havoc across all aspects of public and private life. The emergence of the virus has highlighted the fragility of our so-called ‘welfare state’. Over the last decade, the flawed policy of austerity and its tendency to short-term monetary efficiency over long-term security, has created serious gaps in the government’s ability […]

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Community

Spotlight on ACORN the Union

ACORN has made waves in the last year, emerging as a community-based action group for working people. They seek to mobilise member-led campaigns and empower low-income communities across the country to fight for a better life. From protecting tenants against dodgy landlords to campaigning for publicly owned bus services, ACORN has rooted out issues in […]

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Coronavirus

Demands for Additional Funding to Domestic Abuse Support Services

Since the UK lockdown was announced government messages have told us that if we are at home, we are safe. This is far from the truth for so many women and children suffering at the hands of domestic abuse. The nature of isolation has given abusers the tools to exercise and to excuse coercive and […]

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Coronavirus

The Global Response to Covid-19 Compared

Across the world, government’s responses to the Covid-19 pandemic have diverged from one another. Globally, as of 29th March 2020, there was 684,652 confirmed cases, 32,112 deaths and 142,618 recoveries. What are the stories behind these figures and how do they differ from country to country? In December 2019, there were reports of a pneumonia […]