Socialist writer Dawn Foster passed away last week at the age of 34. She was a champion of the working class in a hostile media environment – and deeply committed to the fight for a better world.
Two writers who grew up in Birmingham – one in Thatcher’s 1980s, and one in Blair’s ’90s – discuss class, geography, housing, work, and accents inside and outside of England’s second city.
Birmingham has a reputation as a place where cultural life died a death in the face of grinding poverty, but that is a sterile myth – we explore the Second City’s brief and unexpected role as a centre of 1960s radical counterculture.
To begin a Tribune series on England’s Second City, Birmingham’s own Lynsey Hanley asks why the city’s development was so chaotic – and tended to ignore, diminish and segregate its population.
Wirral’s Solar Campus was a global pioneer in the field of ecology. Its gradual destruction tells a story about how idealistic social and architectural ideas have been ground down by class and regional inequalities.
There’s a long way to go, but Labour’s manifesto could mark the first step in ending Britain’s obsession with the private car.
After two years as international development secretary, Barbara Castle took transport — an unloved government brief — and used it to vindicate Labour’s purpose in power.