OTD in 1217, The Charter of the Forest is sealed at St Paul’s Cathedral. This Charter is a charter that re-established for free men rights of access to the royal forest that had been eroded by William the Conqueror & his heirs. “Forest” to the Normans meant an enclosed area where the monarch (or sometimes another aristocrat) had exclusive rights to animals of the chase & the greenery on which they fed. It did not consist only of trees, but included large areas of heathland, grassland & wetlands, productive of food, grazing & other resources. Lands became more & more restricted as King Richard & King John designated greater & greater areas as royal forest. At its widest extent, royal forest covered about one-third of the land of southern England. Thus it became an increasing hardship on the common people to try to farm, forage, & otherwise use the land they lived on.

Guy Standing leads us through a new appraisal of the commons, stemming from the medieval concept of common land reserved … More

We are losing the commons. Austerity and neoliberal policies have depleted our shared wealth; our national utilities have been sold off to foreign conglomerates, social housing is almost non-existent, our parks are cordoned off for private events and our national art galleries are sponsored by banks and oil companies. This plunder deprives us all of our common rights, recognized as far back as the Magna Carta and the Charter of the Forest of 1217, to share fairly and equitably in our public wealth.

Guy Standing leads us through a new appraisal of the commons, stemming from the medieval concept of common land reserved … More

Book launch of ‘Plunder of the Commons’ with Guy Standing at The Printworks. Thursday 12th September. £2 OTD. We are losing the commons. Austerity and neoliberal policies have depleted our shared wealth; our national utilities have been sold off to foreign conglomerates, social housing is almost non-existent, our parks are cordoned off for private events and our national art galleries are sponsored by banks and oil companies. This plunder deprives us all of our common rights, recognized as far back as the Magna Carta and the Charter of the Forest of 1217, to share fairly and equitably in our public wealth.

Guy Standing leads us through a new appraisal of the commons, stemming from the medieval concept of common land reserved … More