Broader shoulders

In his speech to the Tory party conference yesterday David Cameron used the argument that “it’s fair those with broader shoulders should bear a greater load” as justification for the removal of child benefit from higher earners. The appeal to “broader shoulders” is one of those statements that […]

Can the Big Society be anything more than BS?

[Originally posted on Liberal Democrat Voice, 28/09/10] When the Big Society entered mainstream political debate a few short months ago the concept was relatively vague. Many people no doubt grasped that it was something to do with what government was or wasn’t going to do. And what we […]

Wise words

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

“Poverty is a great enemy to human happiness; it certainly destroys liberty, and it makes some virtues impracticable, and others extremely difficult”
(Samuel Johnson, 1709-94)

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