Commentary

Regular comment and analysis from some of our staff and associates.

  • March 29, 2011

    People of faith have been on the streets of London over the weekend, as an act of prophecy against the greatest attack on the vulnerable in society for the last 50 years, says David Haslam. Those from many different belief backgrounds, including...

  • March 29, 2011
  • March 28, 2011

    Untruth is not always communicated in outright lies. There is a type of blinkered misapprehension which presents misleading and inauthentic concepts. None of us are immune to this failing and all of us need to keep it under informed scrutiny. But...

  • March 28, 2011

    A UK government review of local authority duties has raised further fears about the future of social services, says Savi Hensman/ Yet, against a background of harsh spending cuts, this is also an opportunity for people and civil society...

  • March 27, 2011

    This short film by Oonagh Cousins highlights, in accessible terms, what 'the alternative' to the current recessionary government trajectory looks like - and introduces some of the key players - including political economist Ann Pettifor (who is...

  • March 27, 2011

    Listening to the the suave propaganda pouring from the lips of Chief Secretary to the Treasury Danny Alexander, and other government apologists over the last 24 hours, I am struck by the persistence of the 'deficit denial' theme - and the fact...

  • March 26, 2011

    It was right to be here at the March for the Alternative (http://marchforthealternative.org.uk/) today, but this was not the moment when the tide...

  • March 26, 2011

    A wide range of controversies have followed the 2011 census, which is supposed to be completed on 27 March or shortly thereafter. Perhaps the largest is the involvement of multinational arms producer and dealer Lockheed as the main processing...

  • March 26, 2011

    The strongly pro-government sections of the UK media, not least the Mail and Express, will by tonight - in all probability - be fulminating about the "thugs and trouble-makers" who have taken to the capital's streets to show that the alternative...

  • March 26, 2011

    The Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS) cannot be accused of being a radical think-tank, but its probing of the government's economic policies since May 2010 has been shaped by a social and environmental awareness (it has cooperated with...

  • March 25, 2011

    The news is full of Libya. And it’s a frightening situation for everyone on the ground. But meanwhile, in Cote d’Ivoire, civil war has broken out.

  • March 25, 2011

    "In mourning the nine lives lost in Gaza and the one life lost in Jerusalem this week," says Jewish Voice for Peace, "we reject the pattern of condemning the deaths of Israelis while ignoring the deaths of Palestinians. We do not discriminate....

  • March 25, 2011

    The 2011 Budget offers useful cover for the central deceit of the government’s economic strategy, says Simon Barrow – which is that massive cuts in the public sector and in the local and national state are “unavoidable” and “necessary” to...

  • March 24, 2011

    In a recent Guardian article, Warwick Mansell has laid bare the risk of increased social segregation in state schools thanks to a range of reforms proposed by Government that will reduce scrutiny of school admission arrangements (...

  • March 24, 2011

    Do not be fooled by the scraps from the table in Chancellor Osborne's 2011 budget, says Urban Forum chief executive, Toby Blume, analysing the implications for charities, enterprise, environment, planning and poverty. Sadly, the real damage has...

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