Interview · Newcastle and North East · UK Politics

I, Daniel Blake Q&A at Tyneside Cinema: featuring Ken Loach, Paul Laverty, Dave Johns and Hayley Squires

From Left to Right: Tony Dowling (North East People’s Assembly Against Austerity), actress Hayley Squires, actor Dave Johns, director Ken Loach and screenwriter Paul Laverty.  Tony Dowling: I saw the film last night and I’m still recovering so I know how you’re probably feeling right now. We have about half an hour to have a… Continue reading I, Daniel Blake Q&A at Tyneside Cinema: featuring Ken Loach, Paul Laverty, Dave Johns and Hayley Squires

Film Reviews · Newcastle and North East · UK Politics

I, Daniel Blake (Ken Loach, 2016)

Ken Loach’s Palme D’or-winning I, Daniel Blake is a work of direct political activism. It seeks to invalidate a certain streak of contemporary understanding – that the recipients of social security are scroungers and benefit cheats – and moves to argue that it is the system not the people embroiled within it that is morally… Continue reading I, Daniel Blake (Ken Loach, 2016)

Articles · Newcastle and North East · UK Politics

Four Visions of T. Dan Smith

History has not been kind to T. Dan Smith (1915-1993). Every hole in Newcastle’s 19th century architecture, every ugly building ever assembled in the city, has become the work of that notorious Labour leader of the City Council (1960-1965), Mr Dan Smith. Smith, it is said, not only destroyed significant portions of our architectural heritage… Continue reading Four Visions of T. Dan Smith

Newcastle and North East · UK Politics

Joseph Cowen: Geordie Entrepreneur, Politician and Radical

At the foot of Westgate Road, Newcastle upon Tyne, stands a bronze statue of Joseph Cowen (1829-1900), strategically placed to remind contemporary Geordies of his extraordinary influence as they travel up towards the Tyne Theatre and Opera House which was designed and operated under his guidance. Cowen dominated Tyneside politics between the years 1850-1900, as… Continue reading Joseph Cowen: Geordie Entrepreneur, Politician and Radical

Articles · Newcastle and North East · UK Politics

Newcastle Unites Against Pegida

Why Newcastle? When the British branch of the far right German political organisation Pegida (Patriotic Europeans Against the Islamisation of the West) announced that Newcastle-upon-Tyne would host the first of several anti-Islam demonstrations to be staged around the country, Geordies around the city were shaking their heads, asking why their city had been chosen for… Continue reading Newcastle Unites Against Pegida