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Add to the pressure for the Living Wage

Add to the pressure for the Living Wage

UK ministers and their allies are fond of talking about the need to reduce the welfare bill. They give the impression that the welfare bill goes to feckless scroungers, but almost never mention any statistics about who is actually claiming the money.

Arms fair court case: Moved to tears by support

Arms fair court case: Moved to tears by support

Last week, I appeared in court – alongside Chris Wood, Dan Woodhouse, Chloe Skinner and James Clayton – charged under the Criminal Justice and Public Order Act. We had knelt in prayer in one of the entrances to the London arms fair on 10th September.

Sorry for the silence (busy fighting the arms trade)

Sorry for the silence (busy fighting the arms trade)

If you’re one of the few people who keeps a regular eye on my blog (and if so, you’re much appreciated!), you’ll have noticed that I haven’t posted anything here for several weeks.

New war, old story

There are people who could be very confused by the UK government's support for human rights in Syria.

Justice and revolution at Greenbelt

Justice and revolution at Greenbelt

I am already enjoying the Greenbelt festival in Cheltenham, which began yesterday afternoon.

"Bongo Bongo Land" controversy: Cut arms, not aid

"Bongo Bongo Land" controversy: Cut arms, not aid

Last year, I visited the Judean desert and met with people who used a water pipe funded by UK aid money. Before the pipe was fitted, the villagers often had to go ten days without a bath. Now they can bathe every three days. They are also better able to water their vegetables and feed their livestock. The aid money has thus made them more independent, not less.

Unexpected item in bagging area

Unexpected item in bagging area

If anyone’s looking round for a symbol of modern capitalism, I can think of nothing better to suggest than self-service checkout machines.

Children's needs and a new campaign against same-sex marriage

Children's needs and a new campaign against same-sex marriage

As if there weren’t enough groups already campaigning against same-sex marriage – such as the Coalition for Marriage and Keep Marriage Special – today (17 June) sees the launch of another one. It’s called “Gay Marriage, No Thanks” (yes, really; that’s the organisation’s name).

Not the G8 - digital activism in Leeds

Not the G8 - digital activism in Leeds

I am on a train that’s just pulled out of Leeds, following a great day at ‘Not the G8', a conference run by the World Development Movement (WDM).

BAE bosses try to hide from scrutiny - and fail

BAE bosses try to hide from scrutiny - and fail

I’ve just returned from the annual general meeting of BAE Systems, one of the world’s largest arms companies. I was forcibly carried out of the building after challenging the board on BAE’s arms sales to the brutal regimes of Bahrain and Saudi Arabia.