Possibilities

Autonomy’s Plan For A Four Day Week

Autonomy’s report “The Shorter Working Week: A Radical and Pragmatic Proposal” is the type of document I was screaming out for when I wrote my first piece for the Social Review. Its title embodying the exact sentiment that I was trying to convey in For a Four Day Week. A shorter working week isn’t merely a policy confined to high-minded idealism, it…

Stephen Bush: “Our political discourse happens in an arena we don’t regulate, don’t control, and where the business model is cat pictures.”

Part IV: What does social media mean for the future of political campaigning? The first part of our interview with New Statesman political editor Stephen Bush on how social media has changed the political landscape covered the effects it had on the Labour leadership elections. The second part covered what Labour’s centre-left can learn from the new media landscape, and the third…

Stephen Bush: “There are loads of reasons why the Tories are going to have a bad night.”

Part III: Is two party politics back again or dead again? The effect of social media on general and local election campaigns, and the future for Change UK and the Lib Dems The first part of our interview with New Statesman political editor Stephen Bush on how social media has changed the political landscape covered the effects it had on the Labour…

Uber and the Power of Imagined Futures

The Uber flotation and the power of imagined futures Entrepreneurial TV shows like The Apprentice and Dragon’s Den are littered with awful clichés. These apparent statements of common sense float about, ready to be called into action to rebuke those who don’t show quite enough acumen. One of those clichés, “revenues are vanity, profit is sanity”, came to mind with the news…

Stephen Bush: “The problem is that the centre-left has learned from Corbyn, but not the Corbyn of 2015.”

Part II: Arguing from values: what Labour’s centre-left can learn from the new social media landscape The first part of our interview with New Statesman political editor Stephen Bush on how social media has changed the political landscape covered the effects it had on the last two Labour leadership elections and the last general election. In part two, we discuss what the…

Abolish Private Schools: What Next?

So you’ve abolished private schools. Now what? Although firmly to the left of the national conversation today, there have been repeated calls to close down, or nationalise, private schools. Notable figures across the political spectrum have attempted to bring this debate into the mainstream; American billionaire Warren Buffett has called for the US government to “make private schools illegal”, while British playwright…

Reorganising Society and Disability

In recent years, the framework for dealing with disability on both sides of politics has been narrow, with an overwhelming focus on disabled people as recipients of welfare and state support, with success largely measured by how many disabled people are moved off benefits and into work. While it is reasonable to expect that any Labour approach will be superior to that…