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About Hilary Wainwright

Hilary Wainwright is co-editor of Red Pepper and Fellow of the Transnational Institute.

Articles by Hilary Wainwright

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Niki Seth-Smith is a freelance journalist and contributing editor to 50.50.

Constitutional conventions: best practice

Independence without borders: foreword to "42 reasons to support Scottish independence"

Adam Ramsay's e-book, 42 reasons to support Scottish independence, is now available from Commonwealth Publishing. This is the foreword, by Hilary Wainwright.

Can the birthplace of democracy provide the seeds of its renewal?

When popular opposition was stirred up to the building of Athens' first mosque in the neighbourhood of Votanikos, Syriza defended the rights of Muslims to a public place of worship. A distinct politics then: power to the people, but on the basis of explicit principles publicly explained and argued for.

Tony Benn really was ‘dangerous’ – to the establishment

Hilary Wainwright looks back at how Benn's frustrations in government spurred him to spend his life fighting for real democracy.

The spirit of Stuart Hall

Remembering the power of being and thought of one of the most inspiring theorists of the postwar left, Stuart Hall.

The closure of the Greek broadcasting corporation

Hilary Wainwright reports from Thessaloniki on what happened when the state ordered Greece’s state broadcaster to shut down

Something rotten in the ANC state

The palaces of President Zuma and the massacre of miners symbolise how the gulf between rich and poor has widened in the eighteen years since the African National Congress came to power in South Africa. On the eve of the ANC conference, a report on growing disillusionment among former supporters.

Greece: Syriza shines a light

Like a swan moving forward with relaxed confidence while paddling furiously beneath the surface, Syriza, the radical left coalition that could become the next government of Greece, is facing enormous challenges calmly but with intensifed activity.

'An excess of democracy'

Occupy and the direct action movements of today have much in common with the radical movements of the 1960s/70s. Can the new generation move beyond the successes and failures of the past, to develop an alternative political economy?

Workers are agents of economic change: so why isn't Labour listening to the unions?

Ed Miliband is following in New Labour's footsteps and keeping distance from the unions. But within the labour movement lie the skills, know-how and creativity needed to discover economic alternatives and make change happen

From Ward 25: personal notes on the destruction of the NHS

Joyce Wainwright died aged 88 in a lively and friendly acute admission ward on 4 February, surrounded by her family. Here, her daughter Hilary reports on her encounter with the NHS, and reflects on the planned reforms.

No end: the crisis of Brazil's Workers' Party

“When there is such an overwhelming disaster and you see yourself as part of this disaster, you begin to question your whole life. Why so many years of sacrifice and struggle?” Congressman Fernando Gabeira expresses the feelings of many petistas – members or supporters of the Brazilian Partido dos Trabalhadores (Workers’ Party / PT) – when they heard that the party they built or supported as an instrument of democratic, ethical politics, was governing on the basis of systematic corruption.

The Brazilian left is in a state of profound shock and confusion. Over the past two decades, hundreds of thousands of people have devoted their lives to creating the PT as a principled and forceful instrument of social justice against one of the most corrupt and unjust ruling elites in the world. Now they are being forced to come to terms with their own party’s lack of principle.

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