Leigh Phillips


Leigh PhillipsLeigh Phillips is a regular Red Pepper writer and was previously a Brussels-based journalist and Red Pepper's Europe correspondent.

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Video: Farage vs Clegg – more prattle than battle March 2014

Leigh Phillips says the so-called heavyweight rumble over the EU between Nigel Farage and Nick Clegg had no real discussion of the threats to European democracy, internationalism and social justice

The centre cannot hold March 2014

Leigh Phillips considers what the crumbling of support for mainstream parties means for the fortunes of the left and right in the coming European elections

Debate: GM is good for you January 2014

There’s nothing inherently wrong with genetic modification, argues Leigh Phillips, and the left shouldn’t side with those who suggest there is. Below, Emma Hughes responds

Allende’s socialist internet September 2013

Leigh Phillips tells the story of Cybersyn, Chile’s experiment in non-centralised economic planning which was cut short by the 1973 coup

Dawkins vs democracy May 2013

Leigh Phillips looks at Richard Dawkins’ proposal to put scientists instead of bishops in the House of Lords

Thatcher vs Bin Laden: the Daily Mail’s views on ‘sick death parties’ April 2013

Leigh Phillips says that the idea of 'showing respect for the dead' seems to be somewhat selective

Austerity for the people, welfare for the banks August 2012

Andrew Bowman and Leigh Phillips look at how central banks have used the crisis to carve out a new role – from propping up bankers to toppling governments

Dawkins’ support for private schools lets Loch Ness Monster into biology class July 2012

Leigh Phillips argues that the radical privatisation of education is leading to creationist teaching in US classrooms

Ex-ECB chief: ‘If parliaments do not give us what we want, we will annul them’ May 2012

Leigh Phillips examines the response from former European Central Bank chief, Jean-Claude Trichet on how to solve the eurocrisis

Bosses: want to know who’ll join the union? There’s an app for that! April 2012

Imagine an app that would tell bosses which of his workers was most likely to want to join a union. Leigh Phillips writes on the creepier side of new technologies

Castro: Beautiful brushwork, imperfect picture December 2011

Leigh Philips reviews Castro by Reinhard Kleist

The greatest injustice July 2011

Leigh Phillips reviews Treasure Islands by Nicholas Shaxson

Society-wide anger June 2011

Leigh Phillips talked to Debtocracy director Aris Chatzistefanou about the left and the current situation in Greece

Portugal: The EU’s managed democracy April 2011

The bail-out has been the perfect excuse for Europe to bypass Portuguese citizens entirely, says Leigh Phillips

Don’t let your slightly racist gran be the only one to take on Europe’s silent coup April 2011

In the biggest shift of powers to the EU in 50 years, under Europe’s new system of ‘economic governance’, Brussels gets a veto over all wage, public spending, and taxation decisions

The creaking European austerity machine February 2011

Austerity could spell the end for the euro, argues Leigh Phillips

The EU’s ‘orderly transition’ February 2011

Leigh Phillips on Catherine Ashton and the EU's response to the uprisings in Egypt and Tunisia.

The ninth art meets the fourth estate January 2011

Leigh Phillips traces the emergence of comic-book journalism

Getting off our knees? November 2010

As austerity bites across Europe, Leigh Phillips surveys the resistance

French anti-pensions reform movement heads toward defeat October 2010

Leigh Phillips on the current state of the French trade union movements

Get along, move along, shift… September 2010

The Roma are experiencing a fresh wave of repression across Europe. Leigh Phillips reports

Brussels’ new pontiff January 2010

The EU's college of cardinals has picked its first pope, writes Leigh Phillips. So why aren't we angry?

What’s left in Eastern Europe January 2010

While the Left Party in Germany scored 12 per cent in the recent Bundestag elections, in the rest of eastern Europe the left still languishes in the post-Soviet doldrums. Leigh Phillips spoke to Stefan Zgliczynski and Jane Hardy about its prospects

Europe’s far left narrowly misses a hat-trick October 2009

Leigh Phillips analyses the far left results in the recent German, Portugese and Greek elections

The rise of European Bobo politics August 2009

Cohn-Bendit's Europe Ecologie victory in France emboldens the Green right across Europe but does it also mean the death of traditional green principles asks Leigh Philips

Reality check for the left June 2009

If the collapse of capitalism can't improve the left's chances, what will? {Red Pepper's} Europe correspondent, Leigh Phillips, surveys the political landscape after the European elections

Apathy of the discontented May 2009

Almost 500 million people were entitled to vote in this year's European elections. Yet between the lobbyists and the bureaucrats, it's hard to claim the EU is a continental-scale democracy. Leigh Phillips asks who pulls the strings in Europe, and what we can do about it

A warrior against the war December 2006

Geoffrey Millard, 25, a former US Army sergeant, is president of the Washington DC chapter of Iraq Veterans Against the War. He spoke to Leigh Phillips about how he became an activist in the anti-war movement

The end of the internet? November 2006

The way the internet works at the moment, you can access a blog by an anti-war teenager from Utah on an equal footing with the website of the US defence department. But all that could change if some of the big internet service providers get their way. Leigh Phillips warns of the threat to the internet as we know it





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