Christine Berry

On working ‘with time, not against it’

“The thing about working with time, instead of against it, he thought, is that it is not wasted. Even pain counts.” – Ursula K Le Guin, The Dispossessed Having spent most of the summer stuck at home with long covid,… Continue reading →

Dear white people: Please don’t trust the Met on #BLM protests

On Sunday, the Met police claimed that violent clashes at Saturday’s Black Lives Matter protests had left 27 officers hurt, branding the protesters’ behaviour “shocking and completely unacceptable.” By Monday, a right-wing social media backlash had cowed the BBC into… Continue reading →

Covid-19 and the economy: some quick thoughts

A few initial thoughts from me on yesterday’s covid-19 financial response package, how it measures up to what is needed, and how we might respond. All with the caveat that this situation is incredibly complex and fast-moving, I haven’t been… Continue reading →

The post-election woes of the Labour left

Ever since Jeremy Corbyn became Labour leader, he has been described as “divisive” by those on the right of the party – who themselves were determined to ensure the party remained divided as long as he was in charge. But… Continue reading →

Long read: Lessons from the 2019 election result

The battle for the narrative about Labour’s catastrophic defeat is already in full swing, and it is predictably proving to be a bloodbath. On both sides of Labour’s political divide, people are advancing explanations that conveniently confirm everything they already… Continue reading →

Finding my way back to myself

At home after the birth. Two months old. Mark’s mum is with us and we decide to get fish and chips for tea, since none of us have the wherewithal to cook. After a difficult birth I’m just about well… Continue reading →

Beyond That Gilette Ad: two ways men help women

I have to admit the controversy over the Gilette ad on toxic masculinity kind of passed me by, due to the whole having a newborn thing. In fact, I’ve only just now managed to actually watch it. But I was… Continue reading →

USS is the tip of the iceberg: our pension system is a hot mess

This week, university staff have been on strike against devastating changes to their pensions, braving the freezing weather to stand on picket lines waving placards with brilliantly dweeby slogans (personal faves: “Geertz ya dirty hands off our pensions” and “The… Continue reading →

My Mum – A Eulogy

The hymn we sang at Mum’s funeral service, ‘Make me a channel of your peace’, includes the aspiration “that I may never seek…. to be understood as to understand”. Mum was one of those rare people who, whatever you were… Continue reading →

Wolves in sheep’s clothing: What Weinstein, RBS and predatory Buddhists have in common

A couple of weeks ago, whilst ill on the sofa, I watched The Wolf of Wall Street, the 2013 biopic of stock market fraudster Jordan Belmont. It stayed with me for days afterwards, and not in a good way. It… Continue reading →

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