Silent Coup is a new book exposing the rise of the corporate power which dictates every aspect of our lives across international borders. Investigative journalists Matt Kennard and Claire Provost report from 25 countries around the world, outlining the power grabs that have created this new world order. Political artist Peter Kennard’s exhibition, inspired by the book, runs for six weeks at a/political in Kennington.

Jeremy Corbyn spoke at last night’s book launch, on the day that (mostly non-UK) water companies announced a £10 billion infrastructure overhaul that will raise bills for customers.

Average dividends of £2 billion have been handed out each year in the decades since private companies were gifted this public utility. In 2022, dividends actually rose by more than 30% over the previous year.

In his short speech, Corbyn asked why water bills would be rising by nearly £100 per year rather than dividends falling, and he pointed out that the government’s announced programme to reduce sewage leaks by 25% over three years will mean there may be “only” 220,000 leaks in 2025.

His solution to bring back water into public ownership received warm applause, mirroring the overwhelming public support shown in polls.