The inevitable death of democracy?

Democracy in Britain has evolved slowly away from autocracy since the House of Commons first started meeting in 1341. It would take another 347 years before the Monarchy lost its absolute power in 1688, and another 240 years before women could vote on the same terms as men in 1928. But now, nearly 100 years on, democracy seems to be heading sharply in the opposite … Continue reading The inevitable death of democracy?

Capitalism: The true enemy of racial equality

Reading the news every day has been difficult. The images of a man struggling for breath as a white police officer pins him down are not easy viewing for anyone. How many more times do we have to see this? Why does it have to happen in the first place? I don’t know the answer to the first question. In an ideal world I would … Continue reading Capitalism: The true enemy of racial equality

A few potentially interesting things about China

I’ve been living in China for the last five months. Here are a few potentially interesting things I’ve observed (about Shenzhen at least – a huge city in the south that makes up a tiny part of this mega country): 1.) When it comes to technology, these guys are a step ahead. This is particularly notable here in Shenzhen. Back in the UK I had … Continue reading A few potentially interesting things about China

The elephant in the room

Escaping the barraging beast of Brexit is one of many refreshing things about being in China. Either because it’s not happened yet, because it will happen at some point, or because it still isn’t clear what it means, no one in Britain seems happy with the state of Brexit. Chinese politics may be quite beastly itself, but here I don’t feel surrounded by the same … Continue reading The elephant in the room

Brexit: An avoidable Existential Problem

The widely respected Guy Verhofstadt, evidently frustrated by further Brexit failings and downfalls – caused and felt by the British – vented some of this frustration. Calling out the Conservative Party for dragging the whole of Britain down with thier self-interested party catfight. A catfight which the EU Brexit co-ordinator points out has created a dibilitating existentional problem for the rest of us. However surely, … Continue reading Brexit: An avoidable Existential Problem