Jamie Medwell

Reporter and political opinion writer

United Kingdom

Comms for a non-profit. Takes for left media.

Bylines in Tribune Magazine, Novara, Jacobin and Red Pepper.

Op eds and PR work featured on BBC News, The Times, Sky News, The Guardian, The Mirror and The Independent.

Previously PSA, Red Cross and Manchester Evening News.

Email: [email protected]



Left Foot Forward
Voices on the Left: 5 blogs from the left you need to read this week

A roundup of news from progressive publications... 1.Revealed: UK's most secretive think tanks took £14.3m from mystery donors-openDemocracy OpenDemocracy has a brilliant piece on how the UK's most secretive think tanks have raised more than £14m from mystery donors in the past two years.

The Big Society, Reheated

David Cameron's Tories pushed charity and volunteering to plug the gaps left by their vicious austerity assault. With a resurgence of cuts, we might see the same rhetoric reheated - the problem is that no-one has anything left to give.

Billionaire Philanthropy Is a Scam

Jeff Bezos’ pledge to donate his vast fortune to charity is a reputation-laundering exercise – and a reminder that billionaires will never fix the problems that create them.

Te Mahinga Ora
PSA Journal/Te Mahinga Ora (August 2022)

Welcome to this edition of Te Mahinga Ora. Reflecting on the past three months, I am struck by the tremendous victories our members have banded together to achieve.

The Lucas Plan Was a Workers' Alternative to Neoliberalism

In the second half of the twentieth century, the favoured slogan of global capital-' cuts, job losses, money for the bosses '-met a new threat. It came in the form of an alliance between the workers at the UK-based military contractor Lucas Aerospace and then firebrand Labour Minister for Industry Tony Benn.

When the Algorithm Is Your Boss

In the first half of the twentieth century, thinkers like John Maynard Keynes and Bertrand Russell predicted that the advance of technology would, by this point, have left us working something like fifteen- or twenty-hour weeks, liberated from the all-consuming demands of toil. As anyone will tell you, that future has not come to pass.

The Rent Is Still Rising

The UK housing market is a dustbin on fire. Rents outside of London are rising at their fastest rate since the financial crash, accelerating gentrification, displacing young people and adding more than £450 to an average annual rental bill.

Bristol's Wildcat Bakery Strike

Last week, on an overcast morning in Bristol, a group of bakers and hospitality workers congregated in a historic tranche of the Old City to protest their alleged treatment at the hands of their employer.