February 2018


Prison abolition isn’t impossible. It’s necessary.

28 February 2018 It's time to take prison abolitionism seriously, argues David Scott.

If we want a progressive future, we need to bust some myths about the causes of Brexit

27 February 2018 Graham Taylor writes that if we want a progressive post-Brexit future, we need to cut through the confusion surrounding this messy, complex political moment.

Stormzy, Grenfell and what it means to be a ‘threat’

24 February 2018 The artist is giving a vital platform to a new generation of voices pointing out the deep hypocrisy in which crimes get punished and which get rewarded. By Remi Joseph-Salisbury and Laura Connelly

Learning the lessons of Carillion

23 February 2018 The collapse of Carillion is only one small part of a larger story of decades of economic mismanagement, writes Jane Lethbridge

Education is a fight, not a privilege

22 February 2018 Laura McDonald writes that universities should not just be finishing schools for the wealthy or disciplinary institutions churning out docile workers.

The rise of post-Blairism

22 February 2018 A floundering alliance of Blairites is trying to reinvent itself for a Corbynite age. By Tom Costello.

A very modern apartheid

20 February 2018 Marienna Pope-Weidemann explains why decades of occupation and oppression have led some people to call Israel an apartheid state.

On March 8th, women across the world are going on strike

20 February 2018 International Women's Day is set to be marked by strikes from "paid work in offices and factories, or unpaid domestic work in homes, communities and bedrooms."

Lies, damn lies, and GDP

20 February 2018 Laurie Laybourn-Langton writes that measuring the economy is political - and economic measurement dominates politics.

Our prison system is broken. Is it time to abolish prisons altogether?

16 February 2018 David Scott argues that our prison system represents a human rights disaster, and reformist solutions can't tackle the root problems.

For All, By All

14 February 2018 The latest issue of Red Pepper asks - how do we invite, support and nurture greater public participation so that our cultural capabilities are empowered beyond the crushing logic of market fundamentalism? 

Cultural Democracy Now

14 February 2018 A deeper engagement with culture can strengthen our democracy, taking political projects beyond electoral impact and festival memes into a whole new world of radical, lasting change.

The aid industry is long overdue its #MeToo moment

13 February 2018 Ruth Tanner writes that revelations about Oxfam's behaviour in Haiti are shocking, but not surprising.

The government is using the Oxfam scandal to push an anti-aid agenda

13 February 2018 The actions of Oxfam officials are horrendous - but gutting foreign aid funding just puts more people at risk, writes Daniel Gibson.

Media amnesia let politicians off the hook for the economic crisis

13 February 2018 Dr Laura Basu explains that the media allowed politicians to re-write history, erasing the true causes of the economic crisis.

There’s something dirty about the way we clean

12 February 2018 Outsourced cleaners are on the front lines of the battle for workers' rights. By Emiliano Mellino

Resistance is life: Mehmet Aksoy’s last letter to his family

7 February 2018 Power to our beloved comrade and friend, Mehmet Aksoy, a hero of Kurdistan and the internationalist struggles against capitalism, colonialism and fascism. This tribute was authored by Mehmet’s family and friends.

To really take back control, we need to democratise our trade deals

6 February 2018 Trade deals effect every area of our lives - from our public services to the water we drink to the air we breathe. Marienna Pope-Weidemann from War on Want argues that we need greater public scrutiny over potentially disastrous post-Brexit trade deals.

On our way to the moon? A snapshot of feminist marches which shook the world.

6 February 2018 Eva Tutchell and John Edmonds tell the story of two demonstrations from the women's movement.

Kick-starting the stalled revolution

6 February 2018 The women's movement is not done here. By Eva Tutchell and John Edmonds

48 signs you might be Jacob Rees-Mogg

5 February 2018 Could you be the Conservative MP for North-East Somerset?

Where I’m calling from

5 February 2018 Ian Martin, a member of the Yorkshire-based Same Skies Collective rethinks devolution and regional democracy through through the frames of hegemony and intersectionality, asking if geography has been sufficiently understood as a driver of privilege and exclusion.

‘We are hungry in three languages’: The forgotten promise of the Bosnian Spring

4 February 2018 Ruth Tanner looks back at a wave of protests which swept through Bosnia and Herzegovina in 2014.

Subcontracting lets big employers ignore workers’ welfare

1 February 2018 Subcontracting and privatising key services allows employers to wash their hands of responsibility for poor pay and conditions. By Luther Blisset.