Possibilities

Left Monarchism?

As parliament returns from recess and the regular news cycle finally trickles back towards to normality, we have been given a welcome reprieve from one element of the discourse which gripped the political classes over Christmas. Namely, the seemingly perennial and exhausting argument over whether the Left should make the abolition of the monarchy a priority as an incoming government. I’m no…

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…