Author: Bob Copeland

Private Island: Why Britain now belongs to Someone Else

Bob Copeland
Peoples March for the NHS 2015 – CC BY-SA 2.0

In his book Private Island (Verso 2015), James Meek dissects the impact of privatisation sector by sector. Some 40 years down the line, the result of this privatisation is that the vast majority of us, either as users of these services or as those employed to deliver them, are now worse off. Collectively we have […]

International Laws but no Justice for Ukraine

Bob Copeland
International Criminal Court in Den Haag - CC BY-SA 4 0

Everybody across the world is united in the desire to live in peace with justice for all, nobody wants to see their towns and cities reduced to rubble. So how do we get justice for Ukraine? The Path to War in Ukraine After Ukrainian president Viktor Yanukovych was overthrown in 2014, Russia annexed Crimea in […]

A Different Kind of War

Bob Copeland
Brian Haw's protest camp Parliament Square 2004 - Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International (CC BY-SA 4.0)

Book ReviewThe UN Sanctions Regime in IraqH. C. von SponeckBerghahn Books, November 2006 In this book Hans-Christof von Sponeck, a German diplomat who had been with the UN for 30 years, details the devastating impact of sanctions on the people of Iraq, and the determination of the US and UK governments led by Bill Clinton […]

The Precipice

Bob Copeland

Noam Chomsky’s name was familiar to me back in the 70’s while I was studying Computer Science (techniques he pioneered in linguistics were used to define the syntax of programming languages). Fifty years later looking for a book for our recently formed Socialist book club, I came up with this collection of interviews given around […]

The Climate Emergency – Part 2: What to do and what to stop doing

Bob Copeland

As with stopping Covid-19 from spreading, it should not be difficult to see what needs to be done and what we need to stop doing, to save the planet. However, judging by what the UK government has just announced, it is clearly beyond their capability. What needs to be done to help save the planet […]

The Climate Emergency – Part 1: Lessons from the Pandemic

Bob Copeland

The Government couldn’t cope with the pandemic, and clearly can’t cope with the climate emergency. A few months before the pandemic hit, there was a short presentation and discussion about the Climate Emergency at our village church. I went along with my two daughters and joined a group of around 20. It was a surprisingly […]

Taxation without Representation is Tyranny

Bob Copeland

Many years ago, my son, then in the sixth form at Katharine Lady Berkeley’s School, Wotton-under-Edge (KLB) was wondering what he might ask local MP, Sir Geoffrey Clifton-Brown, when he visited the school. My suggestion was that he should ask why he isn’t allowed to vote, adding that it might be necessary to remind him […]

How do I feel after a Year of Lockdowns?

Bob Copeland

Angry, frustrated and now just despair! For decades successive Governments have recognised that a global pandemic was the biggest threat to our national security. Yet when faced with one, the government of the day was found wanting. Local Public Health Services had been critically weakened, and the National Health Service run down and demoralised. At […]