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Communists in Space

This is a lovely — and ultimately quite hopeful — post on how a communist got a place on a Surrey council, simply by offering to improve his town.

At a time when our hopes of radical, nationwide change look bleak, after more than a decade of public services being torched, and with nothing but austerity on offer at the next election, such localism might provide confidence-boosting victories – and genuinely better communities. It’s also a nice reminder that even the most ostensibly middle-class places can benefit from socialism – and that it’s worth making that case within them, however lonely or absurd it can sometimes feel.