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The Destructive Party

May 10, 2017 - 03:08 -- Admin

Those who claim to be “conservatives” would shred the very fabric of the nation.

By George Monbiot, published in the Guardian 3rd May 2017

Conservatism takes three main forms. Inclusive conservatism seeks to protect objects of value for the benefit of everyone. These might include great urban vistas, or national parks, or wildlife, or works of art, or great institutions, such as the NHS and the BBC. This is the conservatism governments invoke when a nation goes to war.

The Case Against Competence

April 27, 2017 - 15:46 -- Admin

I would rather live with Jeremy Corbyn’s gentle dithering than Theresa May’s brutal efficiency

By George Monbiot, published in The Guardian, 26th April 2017

Where are the nosepegs this time? Those who tolerated anything the Labour Party did under Blair tolerate nothing under Corbyn. Those who insisted that we should vote Labour at any cost – with a handy peg to exclude the stench of rotting corpses in Iraq – turn their backs as it seeks to recover its principles.


April 27, 2017 - 15:30 -- Admin

A note on the poison gas attack at Khan Sheikhoun, Syria

By George Monbiot, published on, 27th April 2017

There’s an element on the left that seems determined to produce a mirror image of the Washington Consensus. Just as the billionaire press and Western governments downplay and deny the crimes of their allies, so this element downplays and denies the crimes of the West’s official enemies.

Scot Free

April 3, 2017 - 21:00 -- Admin

Why would Scotland wish to be tethered to the political wasteland south of the border?

By George Monbiot, published in the Guardian 15th March 2017

Here is the question the people of Scotland will face in the next independence referendum: when England falls out of the boat like a block of concrete, do you want your foot tied to it?

Use IT or Lose it

March 8, 2017 - 20:23 -- Admin

Digital technologies could be used to destroy democracy, or to save it.

By George Monbiot, published in the Guardian 7th March 2017

Has a digital coup begun? Is big data being used, in the US and the UK, to create personalised political advertising, to bypass our rational minds and alter the way we vote? The short answer is probably not. Or not yet.

Car Sick

March 5, 2017 - 23:10 -- Admin

A short, simple factsheet on the impacts of traffic pollution on children’s health

By George Monbiot, published on, 5th March 2017

I wrote this short factsheet for a local school suffering high levels of air pollution, that are caused in part by the parents, sometimes driving their children just 100 metres up the road. Part of the problem is that many people are unaware of the link between pollution and health issues.

Screened Out

March 2, 2017 - 20:21 -- Admin

For some of those immersed in virtual worlds, everything loses its meaning – even racism and fascism.

By George Monbiot, published in the Guardian 1st March 2017

Everything is possible. Nothing is possible. Nothing hurts any more, until the consequences crash through the screen. Immersed almost permanently in virtual worlds, we cannot check what we are told against tangible reality. Is it any wonder that we live in a post-truth era, when we are bereft of experience?

Factory Outlet

February 17, 2017 - 02:07 -- Admin

My (very controversial) column on the lives for which the schooling system prepares our children.

By George Monbiot, published in the Guardian 15th February 2017

In the future, if you want a job, you must be as unlike a machine as possible: creative, critical and socially skilled. So why are children being taught to behave like machines?

All Together Now

February 9, 2017 - 21:16 -- Admin

This is how to stop demagogues and extremists: rebuild community.

By George Monbiot, published in the Guardian 8th February 2017

Without community, politics is dead. But communities have been scattered like dust in the wind. At work, at home, both practically and imaginatively, we are atomised.