Mar 28 - Parliamentary Sovereignty In Action

By Mark Montegriffo

For almost three years, the UK government has faced an impasse over Brexit. Leadership on arguably the defining crisis of 21st century Britain has not been apparent. The past week in Brexit has seen an extension of the withdrawal deadline, a petition that proposed the revocation of Article 50 reaching six million signatures, and a march in London attended by over a million people in support of a second referendum on EU membership. Then yesterday happened...

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Mar 21 - What’s The Point Of Poetry?

Today, to mark World Poetry Day, YGTV is publishing this piece by Giordano Durante. The text is from an assembly speech delivered last week at Prior Park School.

I have been invited here because of my previous work with the school as a poet, but the self who took in these surroundings in the late 1980s and early 1990s was not interested in poetry at all. In fact, it took time for me to become interested in anything academic.

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Mar 13 - The Climate Strike

By Mark Montegriffo

There is a grand story to be told here about the duty to repair — to repair our relationship with the earth and with one another, to heal the deep wounds dating back to the founding of the country. Because while it is true that climate change is a crisis produced by an excess of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere, it is also, in a more profound sense, a crisis produced by an extractive mindset — a way of viewing both the natural world and the majority of its inhabitants as resources to use up and then discard...But in remaining vigilant, we also have to be careful not to bury the overarching message: that this is a potential lifeline that we all have a sacred and moral responsibly to reach for.” – Naomi Klein, The Battle Lines Have Been Drawn on the Green New Deal (The Intercept).

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