Alex Nunns


Alex Nunns is Red Pepper's political correspondent. He tweets at @alexnunns

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Behind the words of an Israeli government spokesman July 2014

Alex Nunns removes PR waffle to reveal the painful truth of recent Israeli attacks on Gaza's hospitals and children

Tony Blair wrote an essay. I have marked it June 2014

Alex Nunns runs his red pen over Tony Blair's essay on Iraq, Syria and the Middle East

Days of hope: The Spirit of ’45 review April 2013

Ken Loach’s The Spirit of ’45 is not just an exercise in nostalgia but a compelling intervention into the politics of the present, writes Alex Nunns

Thatcher didn’t save the economy, she wrecked it – and we’re still paying the price April 2013

Alex Nunns argues that the right's celebrations of Margaret Thatcher’s economic record are an attempt to rewrite history

Dispelling the Thatcher myths April 2013

Alex Nunns offers an antidote to the media fawning over Thatcher – and argues her biggest victory was getting her opponents to buy into her mythology

Elective surgery: a new party for the NHS February 2013

Alex Nunns interviews Clive Peedell, co-leader of the new National Health Action Party, which will fight the next election on the issue of the government’s destruction of the NHS

The health hurricane: a year of destruction in the NHS February 2013

Alex Nunns looks at the gale of privatisation, sell-offs and cuts in services blowing through the health service

Going private? Here’s an offer you can’t refuse! July 2012

Red Pepper writer and NHS campaigner Alex Nunns replies to a rather curious job offer from a private healthcare company

Reclaiming our NHS June 2012

This weekend healthcare campaigners will gather for a conference on how to fight the Coalition’s newly passed Health Act. Alex Nunns assesses their options

Deal or no deal? A leading Syriza activist’s thoughts on coalition and the left May 2012

What happened when Alex Nunns met Nasos Iliopoulos—one of the rising stars of Greece’s new second party, radical left coalition Syriza

Greece: More than a demonstration, less than a revolt April 2012

Alex Nunns reports from Athens on the human consequences of the austerity measures, and how they are being resisted

NHS: what now? March 2012

Alex Nunns gives some suggestions of where the campaign against the destruction of the NHS should go from here

A4e: a scandal so big it could be seen from 2008 February 2012

Emma Harrison’s double resignation has finally focused media attention on the privatisation of job placement, argues Alex Nunns.

Tonight on TV: ‘Tweets from Tahrir’ February 2012

Don't miss this on TV tonight - a film of the book co-edited by Red Pepper's Alex Nunns.

From Dictatorship to Democracy: a manual for revolution? December 2011

From Dictatorship to Democracy: a conceptual framework for liberation, by Gene Sharp, reviewed by Alex Nunns

Soundtrack of dissent July 2011

Alex Nunns reviews 33 Revolutions Per Minute: a history of protest songs by Dorian Lynskey

Tweets from Tahrir April 2011

How the Egyptian revolution unfolded on Twitter

Being led by Ed January 2011

Alex Nunns asks what it would take for Ed Miliband’s win to mark a real progressive turn

Signposting new electoral paths May 2010

The first-past-the-post voting system has under-represented but not suppressed huge shifts in voting behaviour, writes Alex Nunns. Smaller alternatives to the major parties are attracting increasing support

Rats flee a sinking rat January 2010

The Chilcot inquiry into the government's conduct around the Iraq war is speaking volumes about our inability to hold state authority to account, argues Alex Nunns

Conservatives 2.0 January 2010

With the Tories still setting the political agenda in the run up to the election, Alex Nunns examines what a Cameron government might actually have in store for us

Essay response: A new vehicle June 2009

The old, failed internal combustion engine of politics is not the way forward, argues Alex Nunns

2014: A Tory dystopia September 2008

David Cameron's apple-pie promises and feel-good rhetoric might sweep him to power in 2010, but there's a yawning gap between the vagueness of his words and the likely consequences of his policies. Alex Nunns takes us on a trip into the future to see how Britain might look after four years of Tory rule

Making music matter June 2008

The organisers claimed it as a huge success. But the BNP continued its advance in local elections and won a seat on the London Assembly a few days later anyway. So what did the Love Music Hate Racism carnival in east London in April achieve, and what is the importance of such events for the left in the future? Lena De Casparis and Alex Nunns report

Greens on trial April 2008

The Greens can justifiably claim to be the largest progressive party in the UK, but often meet with suspicion from the left. Are they given a fair hearing? Alex Nunns weighs the evidence

Car crash on the left December 2007

The increasingly bitter division of Respect into two conflicting factions looks set to destroy the most effective electoral challenge to the left of Labour in many years. Alex Nunns spoke to the main protagonists on either side of the split

What became of the Labour left? September 2007

After more than a decade of a concerted attempt to silence the left in the Labour Party, Alex Nunns inquires into whether there is still life in this vital challenge to the power of the executive

A healthy choice July 2007

Labour's deputy leadership contest has at least revealed one thing - the extent of unease over Tony Blair's market reforms of the NHS. Ministers have made statements that would once have got them sacked but now get them votes. Red Pepper and Keep Our NHS Public teamed up to survey the six candidates' views and see who's best for the NHS. By Alex Nunns

The £4 billion rip-off November 2006

It's like putting Enron in charge of the power grid. That's how US businessman Phil Zweig describes the privatisation of NHS procurement.

Tesco targeted by EuroMayday flash mob May 2005

They were dancing in the isles at Tesco in Hackney on May Day, but it wasn't over half-price donuts. Up to 200 activists temporarily occupied the store as part of the EuroMayday 'precarity' actions, highlighting insecure working conditions and what protesters say is 'the tyranny of 24/7 constantly on-call work regimes'.

Judge gives green light to police containment tactics April 2005

Alex Nunns reports on the Mayday case in which he appeared as a witness for the prosecution

European Parliament stands up for asylum seekers December 2004

The European Parliament and Commission are set on a collision course with the Council of Europe, the organisation of Member States, over asylum policy after the Parliament adopted a report that condemned draconian practices by European countries.

No political statements allowed on the conference floor October 2004

Red Pepper's press officer and on-the-spot oik Alex Nunns attended the Labour Party Conference in Brighton, rubbed shoulders with the Lennon and McCartney of global development, wrestled a party apparatchik for a stapler, yawned his way through ministerial speeches -and kept a diary





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