Go to: “They Destroy, We Create: The Anti-Austerity UK Alliance” in Planet Magazine: The Welsh Internationalist
February 8, 2015 at 5:16 am (Adorno, Aesthetics, Anti-Austerity, Banks, Bataille, BBC Leaders Debates, Being and Time, Brixton, Cameron, Campaign For Nuclear Disarmament, Captivation, China, Coalition Government, Creativity, Cultural Sustainability, Death, deconstruction, Deleuze, Democratic Community, Diogenes, Diversity, Dylan Thomas, Equality, European Union, Financial Crisis, General Election 2015, Greece, Greek philosophy, Green Politics, Hung Parliament, Inclusion, Innovation, New Left, Nietzsche, Occupy Britain, Open Rights, Poetry, Scotland, Squatting, Sustainability, Thrasymachus, UK General Elections 2015, Wales, Wales and the European Union)
Tags: Greece Solidarity Campaign, Mass Demonstration in Support of Syria and the Greek People 15 February 2015, Syriza, Syriza London
‘First We Take Manhattan, Then We Take Berlin’ – Leonard Cohen
‘First We Take Athens, Then We Take Madrid’ – Syriza with Podemos
‘First We Take Athens, Then We Take London’ – Anti-Austerity UK
‘A Spectre is Haunting Europe…’ – Karl Marx
A spectre is haunting Europe, the spectre of Greek democracy.
We have been here before in Greece, of course… at least four times.
First, there is the celebrated original emergence of democracy millennia ago; second, the Greek War of Liberation from the Turks (1821-1832), immortalised by the poet Bryron; third, the attempt by Leftist partisan organisations (EAM, KKE, ELAS) to form a Provisional Government in 1946 (in the stead of the Right-Monarchist government, returned from exile, and elected in 1946 in elections which the Left had boycotted), but defeated by the intervention of the United States and the United Kingdom, thus beginning the Greek Civil War (1946-1949), which ended with thousands of deaths and Greek membership of NATO; and fourth, the re-emergence of democracy in 1974 after the fall of the US backed military junta installed in the 1967 pre-elections coup d’etat, the so-called ‘General’s Coup’, eventually replaced by the government of exiled Constantine Karamanlis, which put the monarchy up for a referendum, and with its rejection by the people, negotiated a new presidential constitution, and inaugurated the Greek Republic in 1975.
And, now, fifth, with the people’s mandate, Syriza, the Coalition of the Radical Left, has taken power in Athens – not ironically with the help or participation of the Communist Party of Greece (KKE), who were re-legalised in 1974 – promising the people of Greece not only the ‘end of austerity’, privatisation, unfair strike laws, among other transformations, but also, and more fundamentally, the end to the system of oligarchy, propped up by seventy years of external intervention and centrist-conservative governance (New Democracy or PASOK).
Indeed, as we have repeatedly seen in recent modern and contemporary histories, democracy, the vote, the pebble (psḗphos) of the people does not often seem sufficient to challenge the hegemonic narrative of the victor of the war of Europe, the United States.
January 30, 2015 at 3:13 am (Anti-Austerity, Coalition Government, Cultural Sustainability, Democratic Community, Diversity, Equality, European Union, Inclusion, Innovation, Time, UK General Elections 2015)
Tags: 2011 Supplements to the Equality Act of 2010 for Broadcasters, Democratic Revolution, Diversity, Equality, Equality Act 2010, FOI, Freedom of Information, Inclusion, Leaders Debates, Ofcom
22 January 2015
The Office of Communications
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Fax: information requests on 0300 123 0811
1 – In my first request, I ask you to provide copies of the all communications and documents whether electronic or otherwise which pertain to OFCOM’s steps to comply with the Equality Act 2010 and its 2011 Supplements for Broadcasters: 2011 Statutory Instruments (No. 2260), Special Duties, and Regulations of the Act.
2 – In my second request, I ask you to provide a list of meetings, participants, and minutes thereof which related, in any manner, to the Equality Act 2010 and its 2011 Supplements for Broadcasters: 2011 Statutory Instruments (No. 2260), Special Duties, and Regulations of the Act.
3 – In my third request, I ask you to provide copies of whatever notes or minutes were taken of any occasions in which OFCOM discussed and made efforts to bring the Election Guidelines of 2010 into compliance with the Equality Act 2010 and its 2011 Supplements for Broadcasters: 2011 Statutory Instruments (No. 2260), Special Duties, and Regulations of the Act
4 – In my fourth request, I ask you to provide me with all documentation, communications, whether electronic or otherwise, which pertain to Election Guidelines per se, the Election Guidelines of 2010 as such and details of the Consultation process and all meetings and communications pertaining to the 2015 Election Guidelines.
5 – In my fifth request, I ask you to provide copies, whether electronic or otherwise, of any and all communications that OFCOM has had with the Coalition government, or agents thereof, or with members of the Civil Service, political parties (or their representatives), and broadcasters, regarding the Equality Act 2010 and its 2011 Supplements for Broadcasters: 2011 Statutory Instruments (No. 2260), Special Duties, and Regulations of the Act or with respect to the topic Election Guidelines per se.
November 26, 2014 at 11:47 pm (Adorno, Aesthetics, Atheism, Banks, Bataille, Being and Time, Brixton, Cameron, China, Chinese, Chinese New Left, Chomsky, Christianity, Coalition Government, Creativity, Cultural Sustainability, Death, deconstruction, Deleuze, Democratic Community, Derrida, Diogenes, Dylan Thomas, Early German Romanticism, Europe, European Elections 2014, European Union, Existentialism, feminism, Finance Capitalism, Financial Crisis, Foucault, freedom, General Election 2015, Greek philosophy, Hegel, Heidegger, Heraclitus, Innovation, Islam, Judaism, Kant, Lacan, Mao Tse Tung, Marxism, negative theology, Nietzsche, Occupy Wall Street, Open Rights, philosophy, Philosophy Lectures, Poetry, Wales, Wales and the European Union, Welsh Development)
Tags: Cameron, Coalition Government, Daily Wales: News of a Sovereign Nation, Greens, Labour, Leanne Wood, Liberal Democrats, Mike Parker, Nick Clegg, Plaid Cymru the Party of Wales, SNP, The British Wasteland, The British Wasteland: A History of the Present, UKIP
November 19, 2014 at 10:56 pm (Adorno, Aesthetics, Banks, Bataille, Being and Time, Cameron, Captivation, Coalition Government, Creativity, Death, deconstruction, Deleuze, Democratic Community, Derrida, Diogenes, freedom, General Election 2015, Heraclitus, Innovation, Occupy Britain, philosophy, Poetry, Temporality)
Tags: Bataille, Chinese New Left, Foucault