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Why we don’t need a post-Covid ‘new normal’

September 19, 2020


(Also available at: Six months ago, the gross, even terrifying, social and economic inequalities that were regarded as normal around the world were highlighted when Covid-19 was declared a pandemic by the Word Health Organisation. Since then, those inequalities have become even more gross and terrifying. Latest research reveals that the very rich have […]

A tangled web in the nascent underground

September 18, 2020


(Also available at: Were it not for the seriousness of the matters on the ground, the situation among the ANC supporting opposition in Johannesburg in 1962 could have provided material for a slapstick comedy. There were police spies, SA Communist Party and secret Trotskyist cell members all belonging to the same organisation. Linked to […]

Shorthand, flyposting & a lesson learned

September 5, 2020


(Also available at: Being white and male in the South Africa of 1962, I was doubly privileged. And I also possessed a degree of cheek that got me onto an all-expenses paid journalism course in Cape Town, effectively to learn shorthand. There I met up with some people who would, over the years, become […]

The global deficit is democracy

September 5, 2020


The stark, frightening reality of the consequences of Covid-19 and the reactions to it are becoming increasingly obvious. And no more so than in the estimates for the rate of unemployment in a country already recognised the world’s worst in the jobless stakes. An official level of 50% – half the adult population between the […]