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The No Dash For Gas activists who occupied two chimneys of the UK’s newest gas fired power station on Monday are still up there almost a week on. This morning 8 came down from one of the chimneys in order to preserve supplies for the remaining 6. You can follow their antics on their twitter and facebook sites. These social media savvy folk have also been making youtube videos of life up on the chimney. Ewa Jasiewicz explains why they’re up there and Danny’s blog also gives some good arguments against the dash for gas, however, Tory minister John Hayes comments this week on wind turbines – ‘enough is enough’ – also sums up quite nicely the need for more direct action like this.
Meanwhile, in Bristol, Boris Johnson was being followed by people shouting ‘Tory Scum’ at him. He turned around and meekly responded with ‘Lefty Tossers’ – but his heart wasn’t really in it. This is a joy to watch and we need more of it.
In other street politics video news, the team behind The Revolution will be Televised have taken on promoting Barclay’s food speculation to passers-by. Turns out that most people think profiting from others people’s hunger is not a good idea. Armed police turn up
This week saw the conclusion of the Fortnum and Mason appeal with 5 people having their appeals accepted whilst the other 4 had their conviction for ‘intent to intimidate’ upheld. How the law decided that 5 people entered the shop in a non-criminal way whilst the other 4 people’s entry was criminal…Alfie and Zak’s retrial continued this week with a heavy police presence around the protest in support of Alfie and Zak and a heavy police presence inside the court room intimidating the supporters.
A local community and supporters are resisting the attempt by Lambeth council to sell off their co-operative housing. The irony of the self-declared ‘co-operative council’ attempting to destroy a co-operative project has clearly been lost on the council. Housing struggles like these are emerging everywhere as the attack on our right to shelter intensifies. In the context of this housing crisis, other, more communal ways of living ‘look increasingly sensible’ Owen Hatherley argues.
Finally, here is an interesting and useful analysis of the English Defence League and the response of the left.
Events and actions
Lindela Figlan from Abahlali baseMjondolo speaking at various locations across the UK
Ending this Saturday ‘Noam Chomsky quotes: an exhibition of letterpress prints by Adam Burton’ at 201/ Unit 3, Cambridge Heath Road, London, E2 9NQ
National Union of Students Activism Conference 2012, Saturday 3rd November, Goldsmiths, London
Justice for cleaners: Militant mobilisation against MITIE at the Tower of London, 1pm, Saturday 3rd November.
Anti-workfare protests will be happening in Brighton, Leeds, and Kilburn this Saturday. See here for more details.
Capitalism is Crisis: Another World Is Possible, 11am, Sunday 4th November, Ashbee Hall inside Toynbee Hall, 28 Commerical Street, London, E1 6LS
Liverpool City Council Budget Cuts Protest, 4pm, Wednesday 7th November, Liverpool Town Hall
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We work ourselves into the ground for little economic benefit. It's high time to for a change, writes Aidan Harper.
Deregulation and tax loopholes are justified by saying that they 'protect growth'. But really, they just protect the wealthy, writes James Fox
Inequality is often treated as a law of nature - but really, it's the result of conscious political choices. It's time to choose equality, writes the IPPR's Carys Roberts.
Tom Palmer, aka Agent Kingfisher, was the 'messiah' of London's squatting scene until his death last year. But who was responsible for his fate? MI5, late capitalism or simply a drug overdose? Matt Broomfield investigates.
'Docs Not Cops' write that we must resist attempts to make our NHS any less universal
Louis Mendee explains the real human costs of climate change for the global south.
From climate change to automation to demographic shifts, Mathew Lawrence explains the challenges our economy will face in the coming decade.
Fifty years after the Abortion Act, women are still dying from being denied basic services, write activists from Feminist Fightback
We need to tackle the patronising ideology that lets Tory think-tanks sneer at social tenants, writes Emma Dent Coad
Acid Corbynism allows people to imagine a future beyond the paltry offerings of capitalism, writes Keir Milburn
The unrepentent Sarah Champion has no place in the modern Labour Party
Sarah Champion has defended her comments on race and sexual abuse. Her views have no place in the modern politics, writes Gavin Lewis
Labour Party laws are being used to quash dissent
Richard Kuper writes that Labour's authorities are more concerned with suppressing pro-Palestine activism than with actually tackling antisemitism
Catalan independence is not just ‘nationalism’ – it’s a rebellion against nationalism
Ignasi Bernat and David Whyte argue that Catalonia's independence movement is driven by solidarity – and resistance to far-right Spanish nationalists
Tabloids do not represent the working class
The tabloid press claims to be an authentic voice of the working class - but it's run by and for the elites, writes Matt Thompson
As London City Airport turns 30, let’s imagine a world without it
London City Airport has faced resistance for its entire lifetime, writes Ali Tamlit – and some day soon we will win
The first world war sowed the seeds of the Russian revolution
An excerpt from 'October', China Mieville's book revisiting the story of the Russian Revolution
Academies run ‘on the basis of fear’
Wakefield City Academies Trust (WCAT) was described in a damning report as an organisation run 'on the basis of fear'. Jon Trickett MP examines an education system in crisis.
‘There is no turning back to a time when there wasn’t migration to Britain’
David Renton reviews the Migration Museum's latest exhibition
#MeToo is necessary – but I’m sick of having to prove my humanity
Women are expected to reveal personal trauma to be taken seriously, writes Eleanor Penny
Meet the digital feminists
We're building new online tools to create a new feminist community and tackle sexism wherever we find it, writes Franziska Grobke
The Marikana women’s fight for justice, five years on
Marienna Pope-Weidemann meets Sikhala Sonke, a grassroots social justice group led by the women of Marikana
Forget ‘Columbus Day’ – this is the Day of Indigenous Resistance
By Leyli Horna, Marcela Terán and Sebastián Ordonez for Wretched of the Earth
Uber and the corporate capture of e-petitions
Steve Andrews looks at a profit-making petition platform's questionable relationship with the cab company
You might be a centrist if…
What does 'centrist' mean? Tom Walker identifies the key markers to help you spot centrism in the wild
Black Journalism Fund Open Editorial Meeting in Leeds
Friday 13th October, 5pm to 7pm, meeting inside the Laidlaw Library, Leeds University
This leadership contest can transform Scottish Labour
Martyn Cook argues that with a new left-wing leader the Scottish Labour Party can make a comeback
Review: No Is Not Enough
Samir Dathi reviews No Is Not Enough: Defeating the New Shock Politics, by Naomi Klein
Building Corbyn’s Labour from the ground up: How ‘the left’ won in Hackney South
Heather Mendick has gone from phone-banker at Corbyn for Leader to Hackney Momentum organiser to secretary of her local party. Here, she shares her top tips on transforming Labour from the bottom up
Five things to know about the independence movement in Catalonia
James O'Nions looks at the underlying dynamics of the Catalan independence movement
‘This building will be a library!’ From referendum to general strike in Catalonia
Ignasi Bernat and David Whyte report from the Catalan general strike, as the movements prepare to build a new republic
Chlorine chickens are just the start: Liam Fox’s Brexit trade free-for-all
A hard-right free marketer is now in charge of our trade policy. We urgently need to develop an alternative vision, writes Nick Dearden
There is no ‘cult of Corbyn’ – this is a movement preparing for power
The pundits still don’t understand that Labour’s new energy is about ‘we’ not ‘me’, writes Hilary Wainwright