10 Articles by:

Polly Smythe

Polly Smythe is a freelance journalist. Her work has appeared in the Guardian and VICE.

How Amazon Is Remaking Our World

A new book explores the ways that corporate giant Amazon is remaking our cities and towns – from overcrowded homes for low-income workers to the gentrification that accompanies its vast developments.

Deliveroo’s Courier Cops

Deliveroo’s new partnership with Neighbourhood Watch offers riders training in how to spot crimes, to ‘keep communities safe’ – but the company’s treatment of its workers shows it couldn’t care less about community.

Be Nice to Service Workers Today

A recent survey of retail staff showed 9 in 10 faced abuse during Covid-19, often for attempting to ensure social distancing – as pubs and shops reopen, it’s time to treat the workers who run them with respect.

The Council Tax Debt Crisis

An estimated 3.5 million people in the UK are in council tax arrears – more than half of them as a result of the pandemic. It’s the latest Covid economic fallout that threatens to widen inequality.