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Stuart Holland and Yanis Varoufakis

Stuart Holland features in a guest post - 'Revisiting the Juncker Recovery Proposals' - on Yanis Varoufakis' blog, available here.

Yanis also thoughtfully mentions Stuart's recent publication Europe in Question: and what to do about it, published by Spokesman.

ISBN: 978 0 85124 835 6
Price: £15 as paperback or £9.99 as eBook

A Pacifist at War reviewed in LeftLion

Our recent title A Pacifist at War caught the eye of James Walker at LeftLion magazine.

You can read his review here:

A Pacifist at War: Letters and Writings 1914-1918
Edited by Nicholas Griffin
ISBN: 978 0 85124 870
Price: £9.99

Available online from Spokesman Books at

Trident Undone - The Spokesman 127

In late 2014, the US Navy awarded an $84 million cost-plus-fixed-fee modification contract for 'tactical missile tube manufacturing'. In total, according to the US Navy, 17 missile tubes will be manufactured:

'12 for the UK Successor lead ship, four for the OR [Ohio class ballistic missile submarine Replacement] First Article Quad Pack and one for the Strategic Weapons System - Ashore (SWSA) test facility.'

What is this arcane language telling us?
The $84 millions is to fund 'joint United States and United Kingdom Common Missile Compartment (CMC) missile tube manufacturing'. According to Rob Edwards (Sunday Herald, 23.11.14), 70 per cent of this cost is being paid by the UK. Curiously, 12 of the first 17 tubes are for the 'UK successor lead ship'. This is curious for two reasons. Firstly, the UK government has deferred until 2016 the 'main-gate' decision on Trident replacement. Secondly, the UK government has repeatedly claimed in public that it wo…