A brief critique of the existing model of heat production in Britain and a comparison with a communal system. If you thought things were rosy in the garden, think again...
Part of domestic living in Britain is receiving hot water and heating from a boiler that serves one property alone. In fact, around 93% of households have a single appliance in homes where typically the number of occupants per household is around 2.5. Natural gas is the majority fuel by far for all heat needs within homes and non-domestic buildings.
1974 pamphlet by Solidarity criticising the standard left and union response to "the lump": the paying of building workers by lump sums for a job instead of union rates on national terms and conditions. Deeply controversial at the time, it criticised the slogan "Defend the unions, smash the lump!" and pointed out that the building unions agreeing to enforce a government pay freeze in "national interest" bore much responsibility for the development.
A publication of discussion ongoing in Solidarity around the "ideology" of self-management in the group, including whether it could be recuperated into capitalism. The discussion followed publication of Maurice Brinton's Malaise on the left.
Second text by Socialism Reaffirmed, later renamed Solidarity, laying out a libertarian socialist programme. Breaking with the politics of social democracy and Trotskyism, it tries to set forth the tasks of the socialist revolution and aims at eliminating the road which the working class can take to emancipate itself. Published around 1960.
The UK has been hit by a series of strong storms throughout January and into February, with no end in sight. This offers a case study of capitalism under climate change.
The current string of back-to-back storms has been described as "an almost unprecedented natural crisis". We should point out that attribution of any single weather event, or even sequence of events, to climate change, is almost impossible. A common American analogy is to baseball.
Some quick thoughts on the need to respect picket lines and the challenge of the anti-strike laws and multi-union workplaces.
As I detailed all the way back in October, a civil service senior management union has taken a stronger stance over key issues in HM Revenue & Customs than the 'left wing' union PCS.