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The Hell That is Boris Johnson’s Broken, Brexit-Deluded, Covid-Ravaged England

9.7.21

As the wretched Tory government of Boris Johnson irresponsibly prepares to lift all Covid restrictions, I look at how the delusions of Brexit, which is crippling British businesses, have fed into a political climate in which the Tories’ irresponsible and sometimes criminal response to Covid gets overlooked, and how Johnson and his Cabinet prioritise whatever will keep them in power — opening up sports events, for example, and cynically capitalising on England’s success in the Euro 2020 championships, while almost entirely abandoning the country’s cultural sector. I also look at how, under Priti Patel, almost all immigration has been shut down (despite job shortages that are making many businesses unviable), as this particularly vile home secretary also seeks to stamp out all political dissent, as well as criminalising the way of life of Gypsies and Travellers.

Rise Up! How Protest Movements Define the Limits of Covid Lockdowns, and the Perils of Covid Denial

21.3.21

My assessment of the first year of Covid lockdowns, and how, on two occasions — last June, and last weekend — political protests have erupted, regarding racial oppression and women’s rights, when the logical limits of strict lockdowns have been reached. Plus a much more critical analysis of the parallel world of Covid denial.

Celebrating 1,400 Days of My Photo-Journalism Project, ‘The State of London’

10.3.21

Marking 1,400 days since I began posting a photo a day, with accompanying text, on my Facebook page ‘The State of London’, from my nearly nine years of photos taken on daily bike rides throughout the capital, with particular reference to the last year that I have spent photographing and reporting on London under Covid.

Please Make A Donation to Support My Photo-Journalism Project ‘The State of London’

18.2.21

A fundraising appeal for my ongoing photo-journalism project ‘The State of London’, which I started nearly nine years ago, for which I have no institutional backing, and am reliant on your support. If you’re one of the project’s followers, any donation you can provide will be very gratefully received.

Radio: I Discuss London’s Housing Crisis and Covid’s Impact on Business Rents with Andy Bungay, Plus Three Four Fathers Songs

3.1.21

Here’s a link to, and my detailed description of a recent interview I undertook with Andy Bungay for his show on Riverside Radio in Wandsworth, including discussion of the Save Reginald Save Tidemill campaign, the Grenfell Tower fire, and, of course, the impact of Covid-19 on residential and business rents in the capital. We also discussed my photo-journalism project ‘The State of London’, and Andy also played three songs by my band The Four Fathers.

Celebrating 1,300 Days of My Photo-Journalism Project ‘The State of London’

2.12.20

Marking 1,300 days since I first began posting a photo a day on Facebook from my photo-journalism project ‘The State of London’, which I began five years earlier, in May 2012, this article provides some of my reflections on the last eight and half years, including, of course, the unprecedented upheavals of the last eight months, since Covid-19 turned the world upside down, and largely shut down the City and the West End.

Covid, Ghost Cities and the Collapse of Property Prices in the West End and the City of London

22.11.20

As the second Covid lockdown bites, I wonder how many “non-essential” businesses will survive, but take heart from the news that office rents are collapsing, and that residential rents in inner London are down by 14.9% on this time last year. I can only hope that the uncontrolled property greed that was so dominant before Covid has finally hit a wall, and will be unable to recover.

Keeping Live Music and Performance Alive in a Covid Lockdown Culture

4.11.20

My thoughts on the eve of England’s second Covid lockdown, set to last for a month from November 5, in which, as well as being critical of the government’s typically slow and muddled response, I also reflect on the importance of live music and other forms of culture, and how they have flickered to life, against all the odds, since Covid hit, as well as how they might resume when this lockdown ends.

Two Years Since the Violent Eviction of the Old Tidemill Wildlife Garden, Lewisham Council’s Housing Policy Still Puts Profits Before People

30.10.20

On the second anniversary of the violent eviction of the occupied Old Tidemill Wildlife Garden in Deptford, I recall that experiment in community solidarity, and also cast a critical eye over other current housing developments in the London Borough of Lewisham, ending with a call for councils across the capital to come to terms with the Covid-induced end of “business as usual” in a housing market that, for far too long now, has been shamefully devoted to private housing profits and unaffordable rents.

Covid Lockdown: Video of My Band The Four Fathers Playing at a Small Party in a London Park That Would Now Be Illegal

23.9.20

Linking to a video of my band The Four Fathers playing at a small party in a park in south London on August 29, 2020, and my assessment of the changing rules regarding gatherings, which would now make this illegal — although whether or not the new ban on gatherings of more than six people is a proportionate response by the government to an increase in infection rates is something that, I believe, needs discussing.

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Andy Worthington

Investigative journalist, author, campaigner, commentator and public speaker. Recognized as an authority on Guantánamo and the “war on terror.” Co-founder, Close Guantánamo and We Stand With Shaker. Also, photo-journalist (The State of London), and singer and songwriter (The Four Fathers).
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