Author Archives: Bill Gunyon

GKN in the 1970s: when nostalgia ruled

The takeover battle for GKN, spiced with rumours that closure of the company’s head office will be the first act of the successful vampire squid outfit known as Melrose, has stirred personal memories.  Forty years ago I worked for Guest, Keen & Nettlefolds in its head office, then located at the top end of Heath Street in Smethwick. My curiosity over recent weeks has focused on the presumption of those opposed to the takeover that the company’s 18th century origins, […]

January 2012: a curious month in Oxfam’s woes

How could the detail of the Oxfam Haiti scandal remain secret for so long? How could Duncan Green and Ian Birrell not have known the facts back in January 2012? Not that it matters now, but these loose ends have curiosity value.

Jobs for refugees in transit: the new aid conditionality

A fundamental reshaping of European and UK aid strategy may be happening under our noses, with little public scrutiny. The so-called “jobs compact” for Ethiopia announced at the UN’s September summit on refugees and migrants is a prime example but has provoked little reaction. This package of UK aid and EU soft loans would be unremarkable in its aim to create 100,000 jobs through construction of a couple of business parks, were it not for the eye-watering price tag of […]

Climate change and art: just good friends

Is this a climate change poem which I see before me? I certainly hope so, because art in all its forms has the potential to succeed, where conventional channels of communication have so spectacularly failed to convey the urgency of global warming. It’s far from certain whether Hence, a short poem by Simon Armitage commissioned for the forthcoming Winchester Poetry Festival, aspires to offer more than a supremely imaginative description of Antony Gormley’s Sound II, the much-admired life-size human figure […]

Third World Network website: treasure or trash?

Third World Network is one of the world’s most respected international NGOs. But the design of its website possibly dates from the 1990s. Does this matter?

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