Primidi Vendemière, the first day of the first month of the Republican Era, was 22 September 1792, the day after the Convention abolished the monarchy. Unlike other French republican decimal systems, the ten-hour day, ten-day week didn’t catch on – not least because it only allowed for a day of rest on every tenth day rather than every seventh.
It’s also the birthday of Bilbo and Frodo Baggins, not to mention that of one of this column’s author’s daughter (happy birthday Rachel). And the picture researcher’s pet iguana Ziggy, who may or may not have played guitar (jamming good with Weird and Gilly).
The Conservative Party is in a process of ideological decline or even disintegration, argue James Butler and Richard Seymour.
Winning elections is not enough. To transform society we need to involve the people in policy making, argue Kerem Dikerdem and Annie Quick
Chloe Tomlinson lays out the battle lines for a more egalitarian, democratic and holistic education system. Essential reading ahead of The World Transformed education sessions
As a US-friendly no-deal Brexit inches closer, Bonnie Castillo of National Nurses United explains why US nurses have joined the fight against NHS privatisation. Recommended reading ahead of The World Transformed health sessions
Alex McDonald reviews new British film Bait, a socially engaged drama that uses lyricism to devastating effect.
Under the UK’s constitutional monarchy, we are subjects not citizens. Rewriting the constitution should be an urgent priority for a Labour government, argues Hilary Wainwright