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Yeats Was Right: The Worst are Full of Passionate Intensity

As the 40th anniversary of the divisive 1984 UK miners’ strike approaches, this post explores the passionate but vanishing working class solidarity that defined the dispute, contrasting it with the current decaying state of British politics.

9th National Ceasefire Now march, to Israeli Embassy London 17th February 2024.

Ghosts of Thatcherism

The UK government’s attack on dissent and protest rights echoes a long history of state suppression, revealing a deep fear of the power of a mobilised working class.

Painting depicting French riot police charging through smoke.

The Unrelenting Storm: Macron’s Defiant Pension Reform Ignites the Streets

In the twilight of the Fifth Republic, France is engulfed in a crisis sparked by President Emmanuel Macron’s pension reform, which has faced widespread opposition from unions and the public. Despite the Constitutional Council’s validation of the reform, the people’s fury burns bright, igniting massive protests and calls for broader social and wage reform, the end of the Fifth Republic, and radical democratic measures. The future of France remains uncertain as a new dawn awaits.