Tower Hamlets mayor John Biggs

Has the curse of Tower Hamlets struck Mayor John Biggs?

Tower Hamlets mayor John Biggs thought he was free and clear of oversight when he bade farewell to the post-Rahman government inspectors. They gave the council a clean bill of health in areas where the former disgraced mayor had meddled, mostly in the fields of financial propriety and grant-giving. But now the troubled council needs a helping hand with its …

Giles BroadbentHas the curse of Tower Hamlets struck Mayor John Biggs?
A homeless man on the streets – a question of poverty

Poor are in poverty because they have no money – duh

According to Rutger Bregman, in his illuminating and upbeat book Utopia For Realists, any number of large-scale experiments in which the poor and homeless were simply handed money, no strings attached, produced positive results.  These trials – which even excited that old right-wing grouch President Richard Nixon – showed the poor were only poor because they had no money. Trials in …

Giles BroadbentPoor are in poverty because they have no money – duh
A man is removed from the road by police after taking part in a protest to block the arrival of military vehicles to the arms fair in 2015 (Image: AFP)

Campaigners make plans to disrupt Excel arms fair

Protesters plan to lay siege to the Excel exhibition centre , in Docklands, for a week next week in an attempt to disrupt a major arms fair. The DSEI Conference, the world’s largest, heads to east London every two years, each time drawing a coalition of campaigners, some of whom set up camp as a staging post for direct action. The police …

Giles BroadbentCampaigners make plans to disrupt Excel arms fair
Writer and activist Naomi Klein (Image: Getty)

Between failure and collapse is the best time to act

Events are happening so fast and a US presidency unravelling so quickly that Naomi Klein’s new polemic – much like last night’s news – is in danger of appearing outdated before it has a chance to sink in. Pity, because No Is Not Enough is more than an extended rant against President Donald Trump and the apotheosis of corporate America’s power-grab. While …

Giles BroadbentBetween failure and collapse is the best time to act