Editorials


Editorial: Devolution and democracy

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

Editorial: Opening up politics

1 December 2015 How much has Labour changed, asks Andrew Dolan – and how much can it?

Editorial: Building from the bottom

1 October 2015 Corbyn’s success is just one reason to be hopeful, writes Emma Hughes

Editorial: Triumph over disaster

25 August 2015 Whatever the outcome of the Jeremy Corbyn campaign, it has shown that anti-austerity arguments have a wide resonance, writes Michael Calderbank

Editorial: Reinventing politics

21 April 2015 Not even the most favourable electoral outcome is likely to deliver what is needed, writes Michael Calderbank

Editorial: The end of poverty

25 February 2015 Over the past two decades the war on global poverty has been co‑opted, writes Nick Dearden

Editorial: Power to transform

1 December 2014 Hilary Wainwright asks: Could the election be turned into an 'enough' moment?

Editorial: The door’s ajar

21 September 2014 Despite the defeat of Scottish independence, the gains made by the radical left will not be easily undone, writes Emma Hughes

Editorial: Unshrinking the offer

1 August 2014 Michael Calderbank says the ambition and imagination that fuelled 1970s radicalism needs to be reclaimed and renewed, not rejected

Editorial: Coming out of hiding

1 June 2014 This is a time when we can't afford just a handful of leaders, writes Michelle Zellers

Editorial: Standing with the people

1 April 2014 The European project we need is one that supports the people against a mega-pipeline, writes Emma Hughes

Editorial: Rigging the rules

31 March 2014 We must understand and resist the onward march of corporate power, writes James O'Nions

Editorial: Winter chill, political spring

19 December 2013 A two-year price freeze on energy bills, while welcome, is hardly sufficient, writes Michael Calderbank

Editorial: The powers that see

16 November 2013 While surveillance may feel vast, looming and obscure, writes Michelle Zellers, it isn’t separate from the other battles we’re fighting

Editorial: All power to the community

7 September 2013 Our current energy system is an exercise not just in destroying our common environment but in entrenching existing inequality, writes James O'Nions

Editorial: Anti-establishment politics done right

10 June 2013 UKIP is occupying space that should be the terrain of the left, writes Emma Hughes

Furthering the fightback

24 April 2013 The question of what new political formation is possible or necessary must always begin from the daily experience and needs of working class communities, writes Michael Calderbank

Fighting back against finance

12 April 2013 Financialisation is the common ground for a multiplicity of struggles, writes Sarah-Jayne Clifton

Editorial: Solidarity against the border

17 December 2012 To really win migrant rights we need to organise a politics that goes beyond borders, writes James O'Nions

Why the future isn’t working

17 October 2012 When envisaging the future, social movements should not just consider how to make work better but also how to move beyond the wage contract, writes Emma Hughes

Atos sponsors the Paralympics? It’s enough to make you scream

19 August 2012 The role played by disabled groups, far from being one of passive victims, is exemplary for collective resistance, writes Michael Calderbank

In for the long haul

22 June 2012 The limits of the possible have expanded beyond the depressing confines of market fundamentalism, writes James O'Nions

Editorial: Building a new world

20 April 2012 Social transformation is a prerequisite to securing lasting political change, writes Sarah-Jayne Clifton

Every crisis is an opportunity

8 February 2012 There is an urgent need for new ideas that challenge the technocrats, writes Andy Bowman

Editorial: Democracia real YA!

11 December 2011 As climate negotiators bluster in Durban, nowhere is the democratic deficit clearer than South Africa itself, writes Emma Hughes

Explanation not excuses

13 October 2011 It’s not just the looters that need to be brought to justice, writes Michael Calderbank

A glasnost moment?

20 August 2011 There is great potential for a real transformation in the British media and politics, writes Sarah-Jayne Clifton

Our right to the city

30 May 2011 We need to reassert a sense of collectivity in the way we live, writes James O'Nions

Back to ‘normal’?

7 April 2011 Extraordinary displays of resistance are only the beginning, says Michael Calderbank

Solidarity not charity

4 February 2011 One important argument against the cuts centres on this distinction, writes Emma Hughes

Less capitalism, more planet

30 November 2010 In the context of austerity, it can seem almost frivolous to continue to talk about climate change. It is not, writes James O'Nions

The resistible rise of corporate power

1 October 2010 Corporate power has grown as regulation has receded - and the outsourcing of public services has played a major part in this growth of unaccountable economic power, writes Hilary Wainwright

A new kind of angry brigade

5 August 2010 The coalition could be making a massive mistake if it believes that resistance will be confined to an isolated rump of beleaguered union activists and 'usual suspect' protesters, writes Michael Calderbank

Now to fight the cuts

16 June 2010 We have a matter of months to create an unprecedented movement against public spending cuts

Not flocks or herds

31 January 2010 ‘To inherit a government,’ wrote Tom Paine in Rights of Man, ‘is to inherit the people, as if they were flocks and herds.’ Paine was referring to the evils of hereditary succession, but the remark seems apt with David Cameron expecting to be handed power by default. Our political system means that – whichever party […]

A climate for change

29 November 2009 On the occasion of mass protests at the UN climate summit in Copenhagen, we should also celebrate the tenth anniversary of the Seattle protests, and the anti-globalisation movement they helped to establish

Reclaiming our food system

1 October 2009 Democratising our food system is the key to securing the right to food and sustainability, writes James O'Nions

Now to complete the democratic revolution

24 May 2009 Hilary Wainwright's editorial in our upcoming June/July issue argues that the issue of public control over public money could be the basis of a movement to complete the unfinished struggle for popular sovereignty

Crisis for Christmas

3 January 2009 With so much of this, Red Pepper’s Christmas issue, examining the financial crisis, it doesn’t look like we are exactly bringing yuletide good cheer. But the holiday is also a time to reflect, recharge and prepare for the New Year. So we’re unashamedly adding to your seasonal menu some tough food for thought! We want […]

A global message from the people

5 December 1999 Thanks to the audacity of thousands of diverse activists, being 'anti-capitalist' is back on the mainstream agenda, writes Hilary Wainwright