Kate Chisholm

Your life is not like a Detroit assembly line — it’s worse

Polly Toynbee and A.L. Kennedy say we're living like automatons, unpaid automatons

This year’s Free Thinking festival at the Sage in Gateshead has been asking the question,  Who’s in Control?. Oddly, or perhaps presciently, as soon as I typed that last word ‘control’, the power went off in the midst of Monday’s storm. No word processor, no internet connection, no phone line, almost no radio (since the only battery-operated radio I now possess is in the bathroom).

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