Writing

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  • I’ve produced a lot of words over the last two decades. This is not an archive of all of them, but you might call it the edited highlights.

    It includes reportage from Britain and the wider world, book reviews, interviews, debates, talks and other ephemera, culled from Fleet Street papers, magazines, books, the programmes of plays, websites and more.

    Some time ago I also put together some advice for writers, and thoughts on the writing life.

    Markets or democracy? You choose

    November 1, 2004

    The ‘global market’ does not complement democracy: it directly undermines it.

    Trotskyists and Organic Apples

    October 18, 2004

    A report from the frankly wearying European Social Forum of 2004

    In praise of the Nimby

    May 3, 2004

    Standing up for your place can be a radical act.

    The Citizens of Nowhere

    September 1, 2003

    Meet your new, global ruling class. Welcome to the future!

    Of Cuttlefish and Men

    February 1, 2003

    How to use dishonest language to mask what you are actually doing

    Just Say Yes

    November 14, 2002

    The Yes Men bring biting, anti-corporate satire to the trading floors and boardrooms of unsuspecting businesses. What are they up to? An interview.

    Knowing Noam

    May 14, 2002

    An interview with Noam Chomsky, godfather of political dissent

    Globalisation made them do it

    August 1, 2001

    How the market neutered the ANC almost as effectively as apartheid.

    ‘Ave a go ‘ero

    July 26, 2001

    An interview with French rebel farmer Jose Bove

    From the Streets of Genoa

    July 17, 2001

    An on-the-ground report from the protests against the G8 in Italy in July 2001

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