Category Archives: political reflection

Universal basic income and women’s liberation

Here is a blog post I wrote for Compass, originally published on their site on January 13th, 2017. ________________________________________________________________ From 1971 to 1978, the UK women’s liberation movement held ten national conferences at which it formally adopted a total of … Continue reading

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The key criticisms of basic income, and how to overcome them

I quite often write blogs for sites other than my own. It has been suggested to me that I should post them here too, to make life easier for followers who like to see things in one place, so here … Continue reading

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Not in a shy way

It was entirely predictable that Trump’s first dance as president of the United States would be performed (with some cartoonish mouthing of the words) to the tune of ‘My Way’, playing out in a manner beyond irony the triumph of … Continue reading

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All that suffering. For what?

I cannot have been alone in my reaction to yesterday’s Autumn Budget announcements from Philip Hammond in which the government promises that underpinned the austerity agenda for the last six years were at last pronounced officially dead. What I couldn’t … Continue reading

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The end of the middle

There was a sudden moment yesterday morning when I was hit (it felt bodily, like a punch) by the realisation that it was really likely that Trump would win the US presidential election. I was half-watching the morning news on … Continue reading

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Varieties of xenophobia

Some aspects of the Brexit vote may be the result of a peculiarly British, kind of xenophobia directed not at refugees and immigrants but at what might be called the European officer class. Continue reading

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The unmaking of the English working class

Is this how it ends? Are we witnessing the beginning of the end of the phase of capitalism associated with the British Empire, not in a glorious revolution but in a hopeless spasm of self-destruction, on the very sites where it was first created? Continue reading

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The hardest nettle to grasp

This referendum vote can be seen as the revolt of the losers from globalisation. Continue reading

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So what sort of state do you want to be in?

Some questions for Left Brexiters Continue reading

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A lightning conductor for anti-neoliberalism

The EU is not so much a single monolithic entity as a terrain of struggle: better in than out. Continue reading

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