Why Universal Credit is Like The Victorian Workhouse

Alannah Tomkins, Keele University The UK’s Universal Credit programme, which aims to roll six forms of state welfare including unemployment and housing benefits into one, was launched in 2010 with the aim of supporting people to work. So far it has resulted in real hardship for numerous claimants. In early January, the minister in charge…

52 Roman Era Skeletons Discovered in Suffolk, England – Many Decapitated

An archeological dig in Suffolk has uncovered 52 excellently preserved skeletons at a Roman era cemetery. Alongside cemetery treasure, diggers have uncovered something far more grizzly – many of the skeletons had been beheaded! Digging at Great Whelnetham ahead of a new housing project, it was found that only seventeen of the skeletons had been…

Why There’s No Modern Guide To Surviving a Nuclear War

The risk of thermonuclear war has rarely been greater. But despite the growing threat, the general public are less prepared than they ever have been to cope with an attack. With Trump in the White house, Putin in the Kremlin, North Korea testing ballistic missiles and the perilous state of military security, nuclear war is…

Everyone Knows About Karl Marx, But What About Friedrich Engels?

Backgrounding Marx is hard to do, especially when 2018 is the 200th anniversary of his birth and a huge number of global events are focusing on the great man. This is his usual “leader of the orchestra” position, with his life-long friend, constant benefactor and sometime co-author Engels in his usual role as second fiddle….

Michael Foot Spy Allegations and Why MI6 Should Come Clean About The Past

According to The Times the late Michael Foot, the former leader of the Labour Party, was a Soviet “confidential contact” on the payroll of the KGB to the tune of £37,000 (in today’s money). This might come as something of a shock to followers of British espionage news, who have long assumed that such claims were nonsense – especially after this was found to be the case in the High Court in 1995.

The British Council’s Mandela Exhibition: History or Corporate Whitewash?

The “Mandela and Me” exhibition at the British Council in London marks the centenary of Nelson Mandela’s birth in 1918. The exhibition is sponsored by Anglo American, the mining giant that was the biggest corporation in South Africa during apartheid and has, since 1999, been headquartered in London.

Was Michael Foot a Soviet Agent? No, But Such Smears Are Common

With the return of age-old allegations about Michael Foot appearing in the press again a few days ago, allegations widely debunked and mocked online and from senior Labour figures, we must understand that these types of smears are nothing new at all. In fact, linking the Labour Party to the forces of Soviet communism are…

Science Fiction Was Around In Medieval Times – Here’s What It Looked Like

Science fiction may seem resolutely modern, but the genre could actually be considered hundreds of years old. There are the alien green “children of Woolpit”, who appeared in 12th-century Suffolk and were reported to have spoken a language no one could understand. There’s also the story of Eilmer the 11th-century monk, who constructed a pair…

Pit Talk: The Secret Coal Mine Language That’s Now Going Extinct

All languages contain different accents and dialects and these aren’t just linked with geographical location. We have other speech registers and these can be linked to social class, ethnicity, sexuality, age or specific occupations. While I was carrying out research on language variation in the East Midlands, some of the people I met suggested I…