Author page: Jacob Richardson

Autism in the UK

Earlier this year, at the age of 25, I discovered that I am within the estimated one percent of the UK population that is on the autism spectrum. Like many autistic adults who receive a delayed diagnosis, I have found the revelation to be earth-shattering and emotionally exhausting. Finally being diagnosed as autistic caused a lifetime of traumatic experiences to flood into…

Abolish Trident

It was under Clement Attlee’s great postwar Labour government that the United Kingdom, in the early stages of what was to become the Cold War, conducted a successful atomic weapon test and established itself as a nuclear power. The aftershock also caused a seismic rift in the Labour Party. Lifelong disarmament campaigner Michael Foot publicly fell out with fellow giant of the…

An Education Revolution

Year after year, the admissions figures for Oxford and Cambridge universities tell a grim story about the persistence of inequality in Britain. The privately-educated—seven percent of the population—make up roughly forty percent of admissions. The most privileged demographic groups make up eighty percent. These elite graduates go on to dominate the upper echelons of society, being disproportionately represented at Westminster, in the…

A Universal Basic Introduction

As David Cameron allegedly plots a return to frontline politics, we should recall his government’s responsibility for welfare reforms such as Universal Credit and Personal Independence Payments that have brought deprivation and misery to Britain’s poor and vulnerable. As it readies itself for power, the Labour Party must envision a compassionate welfare state legitimately built upon social justice. Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell…