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Director, Analytica Social and Economic Research; see www.analytica.org.uk Editor, Work Organisation, Labour and Globalisation; see www.cybertariat.com Professor of Labour and Globalisation, University of Hertfordshire; see www.herts.ac.uk

Corny seasonal greetings

A very conventional image this year, I’m afraid. I glimpsed this cornfield through a hedge on an all-too-rare summer country walk in Hertfordshire. There were ripening sloes and hazels in the sunken lane, reminding me of childhood walks in Anglesey. … Continue reading

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An unconditional citizen’s income

This is the third in a series of posts on what sort of welfare state we might want. The first can be found here and the second here. In these straitened times, the idea of a basic income, granted unconditionally … Continue reading

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So what’s wrong with tax credits?

I have written about tax credits on this blog before, here and here, and regular readers must thing I’m obsessed with the issue. But, following¬† yesterday’s post, I¬† think it is important to spell things out more clearly. One reason … Continue reading

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A workhouse without walls

Another winter is upon us, with a bitter wind blasting the doorways which provide the only beds for increasing numbers of Londoners. The side entrance to the Rio Cinema, opposite my house, previously only used as as urinal, now has … Continue reading

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Everything must go

Looking out of my window first thing this morning I was greeted by a sight which, whilst all too familiar, I still find stomach-churningly revolting: pigeons breakfasting on human vomit on the pavement opposite my house. Summoning up all the … Continue reading

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Submission

I finished another research proposal yesterday. Clicking the ‘submit’ button induces the same sense of irrevokability that used to accompany the posting of a bulky manilla envelope through the maw of a post box: anxiety that it might contain some … Continue reading

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Spring

It’s undeniably spring again. The lemon tree that i brought indoors to protect it from the frost that never was (see picture) has burst into bloom, incongruously filling my office with an overpowering Mediterranean perfume. Saint David’s Day has been … Continue reading

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