Ideas

Books that Informed Our Politics: The Carbon Diaries

One of mine and my friend Beth’s favourite pastimes is talking about all the weird, ill conceived and forgotten novels, primarily fantasy and dystopia, that we read as children and young teenagers. We were both extremely bookish in the way that only adolescents can be, reading indiscriminately and without coming up for air, plundering book shops, school and local libraries. Born two…

Lessons from Brecht

Bertolt Brecht was one of the most innovative and unique cultural products of “the Left”, his work is the product of lived experiences in Weimar Germany, Nazi Germany, the United States, and the German Democratic Republic. Consequently, Brecht, politically and ideologically, inhabits a distinct space that has many lessons for socialism today.   Brecht lived through multiple defeats of socialism in an age…

The Social Review Podcast Episode 58: MMT Whatcha Say

It’s August and, with nothing better to do, Morgan embarks on an epic quest to discover what Modern Monetary Theory is, enlisting the help of trusty companions Megan Corton Scott (fellow-not-knower-of-what-MMT-is), William Sorenson (TSR writer, Labour Tenants), David Klemperer (TSR writer, former Institute for Government researcher) and Shreya Nanda (Economist at the IPPR). iTunes

Comprehensive Childcare For All

With workplaces across the country now reopening, we are officially moving to the next stage of lockdown. This raises several issues, not least because Covid-19 has yet to be eliminated, but namely the economic reality we find ourselves in will acutely affect working parents. Childcare provision was inconspicuously absent from the Chancellor’s Summer Statement, provoking outcry from MPs, business groups and campaigners.…

The Social Review Podcast Episode 54: Not the end of ideology

Jasper meets Dr Florence Sutcliffe-Braithwaite (Lecturer in 20th Century British History at UCL and Co-Editor of Renewal: A Journal for Social Democracy) to chat about how old ideologies and orthodoxies continue to shape the Conservative Party, continued narratives of the undeserving poor, who gets to define what is political and what is not, the increasing complexity of class strata and much more.…