Domestic Policy

Stopping the Traffic

Traffic. It’s something we’ve all experienced and something we all hate. While we bemoan the difficulties of transportation and the fact that motorway traffic seems to be increasing there isn’t a day that goes by without some sort of congestion. How do we deal with it? The answer is simple: through an investigation into the cause of the problem, and the presentation…

Our Times

Mark Fisher’s Ghosts of My Life is an exceptional collection of cultural criticism. As I read it over the Christmas period, I couldn’t think of another writer better able to synthesise so many disparate sources into an overarching argument about our times. The whole book, with its theme of hauntology, had me thinking about ways in which the left interacts with time,…

Our duty on fuel

Far too much centre-left discourse around climate change centres easy targets like polluting corporations, a green jobs revolution and international co-operation. But the bulk of emissions are attributed to individual consumption. Measures hitting most consumers, such as increased fuel taxes, are the best way to make a serious dent in our carbon contributions. We ought to champion them. Going after corporations alone is not an alternative. Behind the lurid headlines about carbon corporate contributions are the consumer choices that drive them; one expert estimatesthat only a tenth of emissions is directly…

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…

The State of Welfare

We know that tackling child poverty and pensioner poverty was a priority of New Labour, and that they succeeded in doing so to a remarkable degree. The introduction of the Minimum Wage and Tax Credits, which also boosted work incentives in the old system, played a central part in this. But an equally significant part was played by a slightly dull and technical action taken by…

The Socialist Case for Electoral Reform

First Past the Post is an archaic, outdated electoral system that has failed its basic litmus test at two of the last three elections. Its proponents claim that it delivers “strong and stable majority government.” Yet the last three elections have produced two hung parliaments and one majority so meagre it forced the Government back to the polls when it couldn’t pass…

For A Four Day Week

Every week, across the country, millions of Wine O’Clock Aunts will put up their weekly “Friday feeling” Facebook statuses. These posts will express their feelings of anticipation for  the impending prospect of their long awaited weekend plans. Similarly, in volume three of Capital, Marx argued that “the realm of freedom” begins only when work, or “the realm of necessity”, ceases. Both Marx…