Don’t get me wrong, I like chickens. As a child I loved visiting the farm and feeding the little chicks in their pen. I just don’t think when deliberating what’s at stake for the U.K in signing a post Brexit trade deal with the United States that poultry should be the focal point of debate. From Jeremy Corbyn to the BBC it seems everyone has … Continue reading It’s Not About Chicken
Author, commentator and journalist Owen Jones discusses his views on the major failings of left wing politics globally and how they can overcome the populist right which has become increasingly popular in recent years. Continue reading How Do The Left Beat Populism?
https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=qxBzcynHGEE In this clip Scottish Economist & Professor at Brown University, Mark Blyth discusses the state of global politics post The U.S election. Arguing that this giant shift has an economic source and the demise of Greece and rise of Podemos should have been the wake up call that the world needed: “The global economy has boomed in the last 30 years yet for most, their standard … Continue reading Economist who Predicted Trump & Brexit Explains What Happens Now
In this powerful, insightful interview Owen Jones speaks to actor Martin Sheen about Working Class Britain. He describes how you cannot underestimate the power of the “take back control” message. You are talking about communities that have lost all sense of control in terms of de-industrialisation, globalisation and abandonment from central government. However this is little to do with EU membership but needs to be … Continue reading Why Brexit Was an Anguished Cry For Community
In this panel discussion Author & social commentator Elif Shafak talks about the degrading and increasingly hostile relationship between Turkey & Europe. In doing so she compares the rising nationalism in Europe to the rising Islamism in Turkey. This is an excellent overview of Shafak’s views on cosmopolitanism and extremism. Believing that extremism flourishes when identities are concentrated to a mono form. Be it “you … Continue reading Why Words Matter: Turkey vs. Europe
Soledad O’Brien is a brilliant journalist. So good CNN felt they had to axe her for exposing politicians so much they were turning down appearances on the channel. In this segment she returns as a guest lampooning the false equivalent back & forth coverage of Trump & Clinton. While Clinton has called out Trump for normalizing white supremacy, she has provided concrete evidence of rallies, … Continue reading Why Mainstream Journalism has Failed – Soledad O’Brien
In this short clip for Big Think comedy genius John Cleese, most famous for writing and starring in the BBC’s Monty Python describes the demise of journalism and tyranny of “being offended” culture in suggesting that people should be shielded from questions or ideas contrary to their own. Cleese speaks of the danger of a new generation growing up believing they should never feel offended or have their values … Continue reading Why You Must Be Made To Feel Uncomfortable
This may sound painstakingly obvious but here goes: Britain has not left the EU yet. Why then are we inundated with reports in various media outlets saying “pound has stabalised post Brexit” or “consumer confidence back to pre-referendum levels” nothing has happened yet! These brash articles might as well be in the Horoscope section. We should hold off on crystal ball analysis and wait until … Continue reading Where is This Post Brexit Apocalypse Anyway?
In this excellent interview, Guardian columnist Owen Jones talks to Conservative commentator Peter Hitchens on socialism, politics and his late brother Christopher. This is a thought provoking discussion between two people at opposite ends of the political spectrum who surprisingly realise they have much in common. Continue reading “The UK Is Finished” – Peter Hitchens
From Uber to Air BnB the App economy has been embroiled in litigation tearing the hair out of judges and legislatures alike. Their attempt to distance themselves from the legal expectations of traditional companies has left much to be loopholed in today’s workers rights legislation. In this excellent, original piece New Statesman document the controversy over the food delivery app Deliveroo and how the company has tried … Continue reading The App Economy: A Vicious Assault on Workers Rights