Affordable housing concept.

Unravelling needs-based social security

[Originally posted at the SPS Comment and Analysis, 03/11/16, under a slightly different title] We are about to see one of the welfare policies of the late, only occasionally lamented Coalition government bear particularly ugly fruit. On Monday the process of lowering the Overall Benefit Cap (OBC) from £26,000 […]

A dangerous moment

The right wing response to yesterday’s High Court judgment regarding Article 50 has been over the top. I was going to say predictably over the top. But I’m not sure I would have predicted that it would have been quite so recklessly vitriolic. The Daily Mail’s front page […]

Mayday, Mayday

The way Theresa May has gone about co-opting the EU Referendum result to serve her own political ends is audacious. The construction of the referendum outcome as being a mandate to pursue the harshest of hard Brexits is utterly without justification. Its construction as a mandate to give […]

On the Labour party at war

I’ve been watching the multi-car motorway pileup that is the Labour party at war with itself – on social media and elsewhere – for the last few weeks with a sense of bemusement. I’m surely not alone. It seems to be an object lesson is miscommunication and wilful […]

Defusing non-Brexit

I’ve been thinking a bit about how best to negotiate the situation in which the UK did not – or at least not in the near future – trigger Artlcle 50 to start the process of Brexit. The prospect that our next Prime Minister will be a reality-phobic extreme […]

illustration of european union map with flags, from 1 july 2013

Brexit tears

Like many others, I’ve been mesmerised by the news since last Thursday’s narrow referendum win for Leave. The pace of events has been extraordinary. You feel like if you nip to the shops for an hour it is almost guaranteed that you’ll miss some further seismic political event […]

Wise words

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“No section of the people has ever been excluded from political power without suffering legislative injustice”
(Milicant Garrett Fawcett, 1847-1929)

“The only function of economic forecasting is to make astrology look respectable”
(JK Galbraith, 1908-2006)

“a person is not likely to be a good political economist who is nothing else”
(JS Mill, 1806-1873)