Policy

No Confidence in John Swinney

The first week of August is always an emotional time for fourth, fifth and sixth year pupils in Scotland. The final few days of summer are rudely interrupted when exam results come around like a blunt object to remind those who had happily forgot all about things like school classes and national qualifications. This year adds a whole other dimension to the…

The Social Review Podcast Episode 55: Weight of the Nation

To discuss the government’s new anti-obesity campaign, Jasper talks to TSR writer Liam Stewart about his essay on the measures for the website. They unpick their personal histories with food and weight, the socio-economic complexity of obesity, how bodies are socially judged, the internal tensions on the left between individual and collective responsibility of weight, and much more (CN: food, eating, eating…

Boris Johnson should shape up, gastric bands and calorie labels in restaurants are not going to solve obesity in the UK

Photo Credit: IJClark My relationship with food has always been a bit toxic. When I was a child I was a fussy eater. As a teen I binge ate. Happily, things today are much better, but I still have days where I binge eat, or get anxious around drinking alcohol or eating certain foods. I was about eight when other children In…

The Digital Divide: Coronavirus and Education

Photo Credit Broadband communism. A fantasy. Costs of £100 billion or more.  It is safe to say that during the 2019 general election, Labour’s plan for free broadband was met with scepticism or downright hostility from many. However, the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic has brought this once-dismissed policy back into vogue. With school closures and pupils out of classrooms, many in Britain are…

OPEN LETTER: Cancel the Rent

To: The Labour Party cc: Thangam Debbonaire MP, Keir Starmer MP On the Subject of Rent and COVID-19: Across the United Kingdom, in every single one of your constituencies, there are private renters. These private renters are key workers. They are workers for the NHS, for supermarkets, across all essential services. They are the workers that you wish to centre your post-pandemic…