Obesity is often a proxy indicator of poverty, mental health issues or both in Britain. For all their talk of a “levelling up”, the Tories have never in their decade in government shown a serious effort to address either. Their current “war on obesity” is nothing but window dressing and distraction.
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The strike is illuminating the massive divisions in Labour over something as basic as defending jobs, conditions and services. The party’s right is willing to take extreme measures to force through cuts, confident that the majority of the centre will acquiesce and shut up, waiting for all the fuss to die down.
Ecosocialists should oppose this trade whenever and wherever it is found. This is not just because it opens the door to dangerous pathogens but because it stands in direct contradiction to the new relationship between human beings and nature that is central to the future of this planet as a liveable space.
World War II was the product of capitalism which is still with us. It is prepared to defend its system of exploitation and oppression at the cost of tens of millions of lives. The opposite course, advocated by the FI and their comrades publishing Arbeiter und Soldat, cannot be dismissed as mere “counterfactual” history.
Asylum Magazine, founded in 1986 as a hospital ward newsletter, described itself for many years as a magazine for ‘democratic psychiatry’. This was a reference to the attempt by the Psichiatria Democratica movement in Italy to close down old mental hospitals, one that had partial success in Trieste.