A MOTHER of four broke down in tears yesterday as she recounted how her north London council has made her homeless after the Sweets Way estate demolition.
Juliet Azie was left with nowhere to go when Barnet Homes decided she had made herself “intentionally homeless” and refused to find her new accommodation.Read more
Louise Guthrie reviews Russell Brands new film....
“Did you put Freddie Mercury under this kind of pressure?” says Brand, in response to Brian May’s question: “What do you want us to do?”, straight after the first screening of The Emperor’s New Clothes at the Hackney Picturehouse on Tues 21st April.Read more
Last week we asked what the important issues were for you all at election time. We're covering the top two in the newest episode of our podcast - TTIP and the NHS - and asking experts what the mail political parties are proposing. The podcast is up on iTunes as well as soundcloud, or click below to listen.Read more
The heat of the General Election is near boiling point as the battle rages for the leadership of Britain on May 7th. A long overdue injection of political diversity in the candidates available - though all white and mostly middle class it has to be said - allied with the wide-spread pain of austerity, has opened up the spectrum of key, ‘vote-winning’ policy areas wider than has been seen in an election year for decades.Read more
Cuts to any public service have a human face. Behind every cut is a child, an individual, a family and even, perhaps, a whole community with cuts to schools, hospitals, transport and leisure services. When cuts are made, they have a disproportionate impact upon people and communities who are already experiencing shortages of income, jobs, education and housing. Cuts are not only unnecessary but are a deliberate strategy to undermine state involvement in any form of public provision and to allow the forces of the market to exploit and subjugate populations.Read more
Point number four on the Conservative Party's Long Term Economic Plan pledges: 'Capping welfare and working to control immigration so our economy delivers for people who want to work hard and play by the rules'.Read more
A quick reminder: renters’ rights, like just about any other rights, were not handed to us on a plate. Campaigns for fair rents and against horrific conditions have been waging for over a century and some of them feel so familiar it’s uncanny. I wouldn’t be surprised, for example, if the Focus E15 mums turn out to be direct descendants of Mary Barbour, a firebrand Glaswegian who banded together hundreds of mothers to organise city-wide rent strikes leading to some of the first legislation on rental rates in the UK.