Ring Fit Adventure

From the wild gymnastics of Super Mario, exploring The Legend of Zelda’s Hyrule, WarioWare’s wacky motion control mini-games, and exercise entertainment products like Wii Fit, Nintendo mascots and characters want their players to be active. I’m a gamer, flabby and prone to jogging injuries. And with gyms still high-risk – blending low-impact exercise and cheerful gameplay seems like a decent …

Queer liberation means trans equality

Queer liberation in Britain has a chain of successes: partial decriminalisation, age of consent, adoption rights, employment equality, the Equality Act, abolishing Section 28 and winning same-sex marriage. With exceptions on the left, its early radicalism has been defanged. Capitalism treats LGBT+ people as a mature advertising market. Plugs for supermarkets, banks, bars or violence-monopoly state institutions at Pride marches …

Keep the SNP Honest, vote Socialist

Column for the Yes Edinburgh South magazine. Informal, tabloid-style writing, largely pitched at Yes pals who are disappointed with the way the SNP have run to the right. The next upcoming challenge for the Yes movement is keeping a pro-independence majority in Holyrood. And to ensure as many of the organised political voices in our movement have a platform in …

Tech tools: to liberate or enslave

Covid-19 (C-19) has exposed the contradictions inherent in 21st century capitalism. While Richard Branson brings his billionaire begging bowl to the public purse for a handout, sanctions for the unemployed have restarted and sharp reductions in furlough payments are in store. To keep the rigged economy running, the Tories shove workers into taking great health risks. “Stay at Home” has …