Looking at contemporary politics, it’s easy to feel a sense of despair. All across the world, we see a resurgence of racist demagogues, now rendered respectable by the embrace of the “mainstream” political right and much of the commentariat. Pauline Hanson, once considered beyond the pale, is now barely distinguishable from Peter Dutton and Scott Morrison. On the other hand, across the English-speaking world and to some extent beyond, young people have moved sharply to the left. With capitalism having failed them, many are willing to embrace socialism. But what does “socialism” mean? For the moment, it may be enough to define socialism as social democracy with a spine, as I have before. But to inspire the kind of movement we need to defeat reactionary racism, a positive vision of a socialist society is essential. This calls for a kind of utopian thinking that has been out of favour for a long time. That’s in part because of the failure of so many … [Read more...] about Socialist utopia 2050: what could life in Australia be like after the failure of capitalism?
Young volunteers the benefits of community service
What did you think you’d be doing by the time you were 30? For these 30 people, the answer is changing the face of Liverpool and living the dream. Representing the best and brightest our city has to offer, Liverpool is full of ambitious young people who are transforming the city. From budding entrepreneurs to sports stars and campaigners - Liverpool’s young professionals are leading the way. We rounded up 30 bright young things, aged 30 and under, who are doing Liverpool and Merseyside proud and shaping the future of the city and beyond. John Bird and Andi Herring Liverpool loves a party - and Andi Herring, 26, and John Bird, 28, certainly know how to throw one. Each year, they lead the team of volunteers that organise Liverpool's Pride festival in their roles as co-chairs of the LCR Pride Foundation. Juggling their 9-5 day jobs around voluntary roles organising one of Liverpool's biggest events certainly isn't easy. Organising Liverpool Pride is a year-round … [Read more...] about 30 under 30: The young people changing the face of Liverpool
A leading transport firm in the region has told of its commitment to providing an eco-friendly service. Stagecoach North East has lent its support once again to the Best of Hartlepool Awards, which look to recognise outstanding people in the community.The public transport provider, which has a depot in Hartlepool, is backing the Green Champion Award.This award recognises a person or group of people who actively promote green issues and green living to the benefit of the community.The firm says the accolade fits with its aim to achieve a cleaner and greener community.Nathan Stanislawski, operations manager at Stagecoach North East’s Hartlepool depot, said: “We are proud to serve the community of Hartlepool and delighted to continue our support for this excellent initiative through sponsorship of the Green Champion Award.“As a local employer and public transport provider, we strive to achieve a cleaner and greener community for all to enjoy, through our gas buses, … [Read more...] about Meet our eco-friendly sponsor backing the Best of Hartlepool Awards
Britain's cherished National Health Service is turning 70, and now is the time to celebrate all it does for us. We’ve all relied on the care and dedication of the NHS and its staff at some point in our lifetime. Free at the point of use, we can go and see a doctor or walk into A&E to be treated on a basis of need rather than our ability to pay. For seven decades, countless lives have been saved, enhanced and brought into the world by our wonderful NHS. Plymouth’s Derriford Hospital is made up of thousands of dedicated staff. It’s the largest hospital in the South West and is the region's major trauma centre. More than 48,000 people pass through its main entrance in a week. Now, the staff who provide care at Plymouth’s main hospital have told Plymouth Live what it is they love about their profession and working for the NHS. These are just some of the everyday heroes who make up our NHS in Plymouth. The people who make us proud of Derriford Hospital View … [Read more...] about The faces of our NHS: These are Plymouth’s everyday heroes
They come together for solace, security and safety on a rainy Thursday night in February. It doesn’t really work and as we learn a few weeks later, there’s nothing safe about being homeless. It’s harsh and deadly. One of the men is laying down in a dark green or dark brown sleeping bag. It’s hard to tell as he’s hunched up in the doorway of the Catherine Street Baptist Church, out of the rain, out of the streetlights. None of those we meet are keen on giving names so I christen them all. I name the man in the doorway of the Baptist church John, after the Bible’s most famous Baptist. John pokes his head up briefly as we talk to the group of men in the doorway, some sitting, one standing, others milling about. ‘Dave’ tells us through broken English that he is 27 and has been in the UK for two years and in Plymouth for one week. He helps us interpret the words of Peter, a 53-year-old Lithuanian who has been in UK for three years and in … [Read more...] about What it’s like to live and die on the streets of Plymouth