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Articles by Alan Hughes

Clive Offley remembered

Alan Hughes looks back on the life of a memorable and talented colleague at New Internationalist.

  • November 19, 2014
  • 1

$500,000 a week? For kicking a football around?

Money has turned the beautiful game ugly, says Alan Hughes.

  • March 20, 2014
  • 4

The measure of a man: my tribute to Tony Benn

Alan Hughes has fond memories of meeting a politician devoted to helping others.

  • March 14, 2014
  • 2

Thatcher is gone but her legacy lives

‘The Wicked Witch is dead’ but although he’s celebrating, Alan Hughes urges us to fight on against everything she stood for.

The final nail in the NHS coffin

Alan Hughes laments the imminent death of a great British institution and calls for action rather than indifference to its fate.

  • March 20, 2013
  • 6

Dancing on Maggie Thatcher's grave

Alan Hughes on why he’ll be celebrating the passing of the Iron Lady.

  • September 18, 2012
  • 13

The Spanish miners’ fight is our fight too

As thousands protest in Madrid against mining subsidy cuts, Alan Hughes argues we should all resist reckless austerity measures.

  • July 26, 2012
  • 2

The real scroungers are the super-rich

David Cameron has zealously torn into those claiming benefits but it’s tax dodgers who should be paying more, says Alan Hughes.

  • June 26, 2012
  • 7

Remembering Maria del Nevo

Alan Hughes looks back on the life of the former New Internationalist worker, who recently passed away.

  • June 15, 2012
  • 6

Jobless used as unpaid jubilee stewards

Alan Hughes can’t believe a group of jobseekers were bussed in to work on the river pageant and told to sleep under London Bridge.

  • June 5, 2012
  • 9

Pass the sick bag (again) it's Gary Barlow!

Alan Hughes argues the recent offering from Mr Barlow and the Military Wives is a sickly-sweet distraction from the world’s real problems.

  • May 29, 2012
  • 4

Pass the sick bag, it's Jubilee time

The plans for this summer’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations and Olympics are making Alan Hughes feel quite nauseous.

Small battles, big victories

A local campaign to keep a care home from closing shows the way forward, says Alan Hughes.

  • April 30, 2012
  • 1

Virgin on the ridiculous

As protesters around the UK tell Branson to stop meddling with the NHS, Alan Hughes reports from Oxford.

  • April 23, 2012
  • 2

How can anyone working class vote Tory?

Alan Hughes on what he considers to be the great betrayal.

The NHS carve-up has begun

Dissenting voices are being silenced as Virgin Care wins a £500 million contract to provide community services across Surrey.

  • April 11, 2012
  • 3

The battle to save the NHS is not over!

The Bill has become the Act, but we must still fight it at every step, says Alan Hughes. So get involved before it’s too late.

  • April 2, 2012
  • 6

F**k off Boris!

Alan Hughes can’t believe the nerve of the London Mayor, who’s trying to dupe people into cleaning up the capital ahead of the Olympics.

The NHS is dead – and we should all be ashamed

The people of Britain are sleepwalking into a nightmare, says Alan Hughes. It’s time to wake up.

Justice for Bhopal: stop Dow Chemicals’ sponsorship of London Olympics

The Bhopal disaster cost tens of thousands of lives, and blighted half a million. Alan Hughes asks why the company now liable is sponsoring the Olympics rather than paying compensation.

  • December 9, 2011
  • 0

Tormented lives

The way we treat the most vulnerable in our society is a sorry reflection of the state of the country’s morals.

  • October 21, 2010
  • 0

The cuts are ideological...

…and a book shows us why.

  • October 19, 2010
  • 1

A fond farewell

David Pitt was for many years New Internationalist’s proofreader extraordinaire; he will be much missed.

  • April 21, 2010
  • 0

Aim straight and true with the Lord

Biblical passages inscribed on gunsights.

  • January 22, 2010
  • 0

Ban the World Cup!

Alan Hughes, self-confessed football fanatic, calls for the 2010 World Cup to be banned... here's why.

  • December 16, 2009
  • 1

Where's the outrage?

Gay people are being murdered in Iraq... and it's time we all spoke out against it.

  • September 17, 2009
  • 0


A graphic adaptation of the book by Studs Terkel by Harvey Pekar and Paul Buhle.

  • September 1, 2009
  • 0

Jimmy Forsyth

Photographer who chronicled vanishing community life.

  • July 30, 2009
  • 1

Good on yer, mate!

Ian Chappell strikes a blow for the dispossessed

  • July 28, 2009
  • 1

We're doomed!

A new airline has been created to transport pets around the globe. Just the sort of appalling nonsense that makes Alan Hughes wonder if the human race really has any chance of survivial.

  • July 15, 2009
  • 0

War criminal seen watching tennis!

Henry Kissinger on the loose.

  • July 6, 2009
  • 0

What revolution?

Socialism is no match for plastic cups!

  • May 1, 2009
  • 2

This is a disaster!

It must be tough being Richard Branson or Roman Abramovich just now...

  • April 27, 2009
  • 0

'Thou Shalt Not Kill' or 'Shalt Thou'?

As far as I know, the Ten Commandments have no sub-clauses.

  • March 12, 2009
  • 6

The first casualty of war is truth

What is the British Government trying to hide now? asks Alan Hughes.

  • February 26, 2009
  • 2

Lies, damned lies and statistics

The statistics are shocking, but who’s paying attention?

  • January 20, 2009
  • 3

It's funny, don't you think?

It’s funny, but has it struck anyone how amazing it is that in capitalism’s latest crisis, governments can suddenly find billions, nay, trillions of dollars to buy out the ailing banks? All with taxpayers’ money of course.

  • October 13, 2008
  • 2

Gunning for the vice presidency

It is entirely possible that Sarah Palin may be a heartbeat away from the US presidency. I’m not sure whether to laugh or cry.

  • October 3, 2008
  • 0


I’m a socialist. There I said it. I’m a socialist.

But wait a minute. You’re not supposed to admit to being a socialist these days. Socialism is dead. It’s in the past, like dinosaurs and glam rock. The free market has won the day. The end of history. We’re all happy consumers now. Capitalism rules.

  • February 27, 2008
  • 2

Virgin Health?

If anyone had any doubts as to what’s happening to the UK’s National Health Service (NHS) please read below extracted from the excellent newsletter Health Campaigners’ News published by the the NHS Support Federation and the national Keep Our NHS Public campaign.

  • January 24, 2008
  • 0

Sleepless in Oxford

Here’s a question, something that has been bothering me for some time now: How does Tony Blair sleep at night?

  • November 28, 2006
  • 1

Interview With Tony Benn

Alan Hughes talks to the inspirational voice of the radical left.

  • July 5, 1996
  • 1

About Alan Hughes

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Alan Hughes was a graphic artist at New Internationalist. He retired in 2014. He is a life-long socialist and trade unionist and is currently involved in the Keep Our NHS Public Campaign. He is passionate about The Beatles and has supported Aston Villa FC for over 50 years. He lives in Oxford with his daughter.

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