Domestic Policy

Transforming the House of Lords

Britain’s Brexit battle and its associated skirmishes have dominated the news cycle for the last three years, and aside from occasional committee reports and cries of “traitor” from some quarters, this has forced certain issues, such as House of Lords reform, further out of the spotlight. Although the Labour Leadership last year reaffirmed plans to abolish the Lords, these have not been…

Imagining a Hyper-Charged Welfare State

Though 2016 is often held to mark the dawn of the post-truth age, it must be said that the 2010-2015 coalition government had a nice line in rhetorical liberties. The Coalition’s policies resulted in swingeing cutbacks, marketisation of public services and outsourcing. The deliberate and vicious theme of ‘austerity’ – with its earnest 1940s echoes, it’s black-and-white heroics and stoicism in the…

Wellbeing, GDP and Amartya Sen

1980s Latin America was a region of contradictions. On the one hand, it was the producer of some of the world’s most valued commodities. On the other, it was also home to communities plagued by poverty and income inequality.  Enter neoliberalism. Competition and increased production, they said, that’s the real road to prosperity. We’ll scratch your back if you scratch ours. Let…

Freedom to Live

Freedom to live, not freedom to exist, work and then die In a bizarre twist of fate, Jeremy Corbyn was the only candidate during the 2015 leadership election to defend the Blair government’s spending record. This is demonstrative of how, regardless of faction, no Labour Party figure is showing a full appreciation of the lessons of the past. This has been true…

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…

The Case For An Income Cap

IS CAPPING INCOME THE ANSWER TO BRITAIN’S WEALTH GAP CRISIS? The wealth gap crisis in Britain needs to be addressed urgently. In February 2019, the Office for National Statistics published their report on the average household income in the financial year ending 2018. It revealed that the average income for the poorest fifth of the UK decreased by 1.6%, while, the richest…