The Red Pepper round-up: 5 October

The week around the web and upcoming actions, with Izzy Koksal

October 6, 2012 · 3 min read

Following on from last week’s Corporate Watch and Independent story on social engineering at the new King’s Cross development, Stuart Hodkinson looks at an even grimmer future with Tories plans for the transformation of social housing. The surely unworkable ‘bedroom tax’, coming into force in April 2013, is particularly scary. But it will also face the growing housing rights struggles across the UK.

Owen Jones recently wrote an article detailing shocking statistics about the cuts to our local services. Continuing this important task of tracking the impact of the cuts, the Manchester Mule looks at the cuts being made to Manchester’s mental health services and hears from users of these services about their fears.

This week, Maria Miller, who is somehow the Minister for Women and Equalities, reasserted that she would vote for a reduction in the time limit for abortions. With the 40 Days For Life campaign harassing women and attempting to deny them their reproductive rights, Miller’s comments are a deep cause for concern. Stavvers argues that we should scrap the time limit.

A nice analysis of Ed Miliband’s conference speech.

Watch Paul Mason discuss energy policy as part of Platform’s launch of their new book ‘The Oil Road’. And good luck to Frackman who is walking from Blackpool Tower to Downing Street to highlight his concerns about UK fracking.

This week saw the deaths of two celebrated Marxist scholars, Eric Hobsbawn and Neil Smith. Audrea Lim and Tom Slater remember Neil Smith, whilst Donald Sassoon remembers Eric Hobsbawn.

Events and actions

Protest against evictions and arrests of migrants in Calais, Saturday 6 October, 4.30pm, French Tourist Office, Lincoln House, 296-302 High Holborn, London WC1V 7JH

Week of action to ground the drones6 October – 13 October

Stop G4S Convergence, Saturday 6 October, The Workstation, Sheffield

Birmingham for the alternative/ Tory conference demo, Sunday 7 October, 11am, High Street, Birmingham.

Masses of stuff happening at the Cuts Cafe in London from Monday 8 October

Bikes without Borders 8, 9, & 10 October, Cranks, 22 Chapel Street, Brighton


Democracy in Focus: The people and parliament

Stuart White explores the constitutional contradictions underlying today’s crisis

Democracy in Focus: Follow the dark money…

The UK’s unwritten constitution protects the world’s financial crooks and tax dodgers. Test your ability to expose them with our quiz, compiled by Adam Ramsay

Democracy in Focus: The undead state

Brexit may finally have forced reform upon Britain’s zombie imperial constitution, writes Kojo Koram


Democracy in Focus: A post-austerity state

The UK needs a people’s constitution to defend rights and enable us to fulfil our potential, writes Hilary Wainwright

Beyond Brexit: Bristol’s housing crisis

Everyone's a loser - except the landlord. The manifesto promises of our new Conservative government suggest that won't change, says Hannah Vickers

Manchester Momentum: a ‘durable institutional left’ in the North West

Manchester Momentum has successfully mobilised political engagement through its community-focused cultural strategy. Its ethos is here to stay, says Andrea Sandor