Six months wait: SNP MP demands promised disability back-payments are made following Universal Credit move
The Severe Disability Premium thousands of disabled claimants have been missing out on for six months is worth £64.30 per week
SNP MP Carol Monaghan has written to DWP Secretary Amber Rudd for a second time calling on her to immediately initiate disability back-payments which had been promised by the previous DWP head, but six months later have not been delivered.
Analysis: The take away from the first days of Brexit 2019? No Deal is a charade that won’t happen
CommonSpace editor Ben Wray finds that the last few days at Westminster provide undeniable evidence that May is engaged in a massive No Deal sham – but have Labour MP’s noticed?
THE first few days back following the Christmas holidays has been clarifying as to where we are at in the Brexit process. So clarifying, in fact, that we really should start narrowing down our ‘what if?’ questions when it comes to analysing the political possibilities going forward.
Analysis: ‘We are not an island’ - the problem with HSBC’s very British internationalism
CommonSpace editor Ben Wray looks at the history of HSBC, the bank that is promoting an internationalist interpretation of Britain – but which misses out its own, dark role in that story.
THE HSBC ‘We are not an island’ advert - promoted online, on TV and a poster campaign plastered across UK cities - has caused a stir, seen by many to be an anti-Brexit statement in the current frenzied atmosphere of British politics.
The personal is the political: Activism and mental health
Political activism poses numerous mental health challenges for those who commit to it – but does it also provide unique benefits?
ACTIVISM demands sacrifice. Even amongst those for whom political, social or economic change is not a consuming commitment, this much is generally understood.
Activists may be and often are called upon to sacrifice their time, energy and personal resources to the necessities of their respective causes, often while pulling off a difficult balancing act with personal and professional obligations.
Analysis: Viktor Orban is dismantling Hungarian democracy piece by piece - within the EU
The Hungarian autocrat creates new political courts system and attacks workers’ rights – while benefiting from influx of European capital
AS Brexit chaos continues in Britain, it's easy to miss the wider crisis afflicting European society.
Nowhere is this more obvious or alarming than in Hungary, where Prime Minister Viktor Orban has for years pushed his opponents to the margins and eroded the space for dissent and opposition.
MEPs call for release of Catalan political prisoners on hunger strike
Four pro-independence Catalan leaders imprisoned for their role in the 2017 referendum began their hunger strike last week
DOZENS of MEPs have called upon the Spanish state to release Catalan political prisoners with all charges dropped, as four of the jailed leaders continue with a hunger strike.
Analysis: Yellow Vests hold out more hope for climate revolution than suits in Katowice
CommonSpace editor Ben Wray looks at how climate activists should respond to the Yellow Vests movement in France, which has defeated attempts to impose taxes on fuel prices
THE UN Climate Summit in Poland saw a heartfelt appeal from Horizon presenter David Attenborough for world governments to save civilisation.
Media Rebuttal: The #YellowVests movement is not 'nihilism'
David Jamieson finds media coverage on BBC, The Guardian and Bloomberg of the Yellow Vests movement in France has at best misunderstood what is really going on, ant worst deliberately misconstrued what is a rational response to national crisis
THE Yellow Vests movement, initially against a tax increase on fuel but transforming into a generalised revolt against the French government and state, faces a slew of misinterpretations from the media.