February 2016


Editorial: Devolution and democracy

29 February 2016 Guest editor Rachel Laurence introduces our special focus on devolution

Corbynomics can work – once you know that economics is never ‘neutral’

29 February 2016 Neil Faulkner argues that the biggest barrier to Jeremy Corbyn's rational economic policy is the huge profits the super-rich are making from an irrational one

From Russia to Colombia, the villages destroyed by Britain’s coal addiction

29 February 2016 Anne Harris reports on the people being made homeless because of mining to feed the UK's coal-fired power stations

Let the people in

27 February 2016 Katie Ghose of the Electoral Reform Society looks at the democratic deficit in devolution

Heathrow 13: Don’t make us ‘heroes’ – this is everyone’s struggle

26 February 2016 Alistair Tamlit, one of the 13 climate protesters who narrowly avoided jail this week, reflects on the pitfalls of labelling activists who do high-profile actions as 'heroes'

Can England learn from Scotland?

26 February 2016 Isobel Lindsay suggests some lessons from Scotland for devolution campaigners in England

How tax payers could avoid contributing to military spending

25 February 2016 The tax system needs to change to accommodate conscientious objectors argues Holly Wallis

Localism without politics

25 February 2016 Jonathan Davies asks whether devolution can be reclaimed from the neoliberal elites and ‘austerian realists’

Balancing Britain: the ‘Northern Powerhouse’ and the search for alternatives

24 February 2016 Despite concerns over the government’s devolution plans, there is a broad consensus that localism is a good thing. Craig Berry examines the ‘Northern Powerhouse’ narrative – and what an alternative might look like

13 climate criminals who should be in jail

23 February 2016 As the Heathrow 13 face prison for protesting against airport expansion, Tom Walker lists the real climate offenders

Powerhouse or power failure?

23 February 2016 Although they are being promoted as a route towards more even regional development, the government’s devolution plans risk dividing the UK even further. Rachel Laurence and Adrian Bua of the New Economics Foundation introduce this special issue of Red Pepper

Video debate: Has Corbyn changed politics?

23 February 2016 Hilary Wainwright, Liz Davies, Stephen Bush and James Schneider discuss Jeremy Corbyn and the Labour Party

End of the road for social housing?

22 February 2016 Bob Colenutt looks at the disastrous consequences of the Housing and Planning Bill, which if passed will be the most significant change in the history of social housing

Jeremy Hardy thinks… about Trident

20 February 2016 'Nuclear weapons cannot be seen purely as a source of jobs'

Going into Labour

20 February 2016 You’ve joined the Labour Party – now how can you make your voice heard in its structures? Let Michael Calderbank guide you

‘We have to start from scratch’: life after fleeing North Korea

20 February 2016 Narjas Theodora Zatat spoke to activist Hyeonseo Lee, who is a refugee from North Korea

Red carpets and purple flares: direct action with Sisters Uncut

20 February 2016 Clare Walton reports on Sisters Uncut, the grassroots group taking direct action to defend domestic violence services

Raised voices: the campaigning choirs movement

20 February 2016 Lotte Reimer and Kelvin Mason report on the blossoming movement of radical street choirs

‘I could kill you here and no one would care’: The refugees at the sharp end of Europe’s borders

20 February 2016 Marienna Pope-Weidemann reports from Lesbos on the dangers faced by refugees as they struggle through a system that puts border control before human life

From our anti-airport occupation in France, we send solidarity to the Heathrow 13

20 February 2016 Camille Vincent writes on life at the six-year ZAD protest site, and the parallels to the battle against Heathrow expansion

Ignore the critics, Labour is right to consider a basic income

18 February 2016 A universal basic income isn’t something for nothing, but rather a recognition of a right to a meaningful life beyond the needs of the market, writes Andrew Dolan

Turkey wages war on its Kurdish population

16 February 2016 Turkey is conducting the greatest massacre and displacement of Kurds since the 1990s, write Tom Anderson and Eliza Egret

The Egyptians by Jack Shenker

12 February 2016 Laleh Khalili reviews Jack Shenker's new book and finds it strikes an unexpectedly optimistic note about the after-echoes of the Egyptian uprisings

Together we’re unstoppable: why this is the year to turn the tide

10 February 2016 As the Heathrow 13 face jail, the best way to support them is to get active, writes Rosa Fields

The disappearing exhibition

10 February 2016 Danielle Child reviews An Imagined Museum, which invites visitors to commit artworks to memory before they are removed – and re-created

In Egypt, a second life for independent trade unions

7 February 2016 Union members in a crowded assembly hall lashed out against the Egyptian regime’s latest efforts to suppress workers, writes Giulio Regeni

2016: a year of escalation for climate action

6 February 2016 After the predictable failure of the Paris climate talks to deliver anything meaningful, 2016 must be the year we escalate grassroots activism to do more in a year than our governments have done in 21, writes Sam Blacksmith

A different Europe or bust

4 February 2016 As David Cameron’s renegotiation nears its uneventful conclusion, the big picture of what kind of Europe we want to live in is in danger of being lost, writes Luke Cooper. What can we do to change it?

NHS wreckers play hide and seek

3 February 2016 Caroline Molloy looks at the state of the NHS as healthcare workers gear up to fight privatisation through the back door

Voluntary regulation for mercenaries? Yeah that should work

3 February 2016 A new report condemns the voluntary code of conduct for private military and security companies as a sham, writes Jenny Nelson

Classic book: Pedagogy of the Oppressed

1 February 2016 Nadim Mirshak looks back at Pedagogy of the Oppressed (1968), by Paulo Freire

Weatherland

1 February 2016 Weatherland: Writers and Artists Under English Skies, by Alexandra Harris, reviewed by David Renton

Don’t Trust, Don’t Fear, Don’t Beg

1 February 2016 Don’t Trust, Don’t Fear, Don’t Beg, by Ben Stewart, reviewed by Jenny Nelson

The New Prophets of Capital

1 February 2016 The New Prophets of Capital, by Nicole Aschoff, reviewed by Finn Smith

Politics in a Time of Crisis

1 February 2016 Politics in a Time of Crisis, by Pablo Iglesias, reviewed by Tom Walker

Greece: Can’t pay, is paying

1 February 2016 Zoe Konstantopoulou, ex-speaker of the Greek parliament, speaks to Fanny Malinen about alternatives to austerity after the capitulation of Syriza