Friday 14 December. 7.30pm. Spider’s Web film
Ruskin House, 23 Coombe Road, CR0 1BD
This documentary film, by Michael Oswald, shows how Britain transformed from a colonial power into a global financial power. At the demise of empire, the City of London’s financial interests created a web of offshore secrecy jurisdictions that captured wealth from across the globe and hid it behind obscure financial structures in offshore tax havens. Britain and its offshore jurisdictions are today the largest global players in international finance, with up to half of all offshore wealth concealed in British jurisdictions.
How did this come about? What impact does it have on the world today? The Spider’s Web includes archive film and compelling explanations from leading experts, academics, former insiders, and campaigners for social justice. In the world of international finance, corruption and secrecy prevail over regulation and transparency – and Britain lies at the centre of this web.
To be followed by a Q&A with the Producer John Christensen
Collection to benefit ongoing Ruskin House restoration work
To book ticket go to:
Other events at Ruskin House
- The Folk Club. 8pm every Monday,
- Folk & Blues. £2 at 8pm every Sun: 25 Nov – Anne Sumner and Singers’ Night; 2 Dec – Libre Fuego and Singers’ Night; 9 Dec – Four Gone Confusion and Singers’ Night
- Sat 24 Nov. 7pm – 11pm. RNLI fund-raiser. £8 or £5 members. With Lunch Special, Agnetha Fältskog Tribute (7pm slot, get there early!), The Biggin Hillbillies, Molly and the Blackbriar Band, Joe Hymas (from Hayseed Dixie), Jolene Missing, Dave Plane, Rick Townend, Eddie Green, Trevor Hyett and Captain Swing.
- Sat 8 Dec. 7pm. Mulled Wine and Mince Pies fundraiser for Ruskin’s new Georgina King Lewis room from 7pm. Tickets £10 (£7concs) from bar or Eventbrite. Kids free.
- Sat 22 Dec. Ruskin’s own panto ‘Cinderella’ – info soon.
March to support Grenfell Victims
300 people marched to support the victims of the Grenfell fire.
Croydon’s Remembrance Sunday 11 November
Can be spot what is missing?
Croydon High School for Girls and the First World War
Children disadvantage starts early
Children’s experiences during the first 1,000 days lay the foundations for their whole future, argues Croydon’s Director for Public Health Rachel Flowers in her latest Annual Report being considered by the Council Cabinet on Monday 19 November.
From preconception to age two, every aspect of a child’s world – including their parents’ and carers’ income, housing, neighbourhoods, social relationships, age and ethnic group – is already shaping their adult life.
She focuses on how Adverse Childhood Experiences can negatively impact on children as they grow up.
The report can be read here:
Poverty is one of those factors. It is therefore shocking that the UN has condemned the Government for making poverty worse through deliberate policy reasons (austerity + benefit cuts).
The Guardian summaries of the report can be read here:
If disadvantage sets in early then a cycle is set in motion for many people’s lives. See my submission to the Opportunity & Fairness Commission:
Unfortunately the website with the Commission report and all the submissions made to it is no longer live.