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The Social Review Podcast Episode 11: The Social Review Storms Scotland

Jasper meets TSR editor Hugh and friends Isla and Georgie to talk the state of the union and the future of Scottish Labour. Meanwhile, Joe sits down with Will Stronge, director of Autonomy, to discuss their proposals for a 4-day week. iTunes link RSS Feed Host: Jasper (@jasper_ch) Panel: Hugh (@hughrbrechin) Isla (@islawhat) Georgie (@georgie_rharris) Interview: Will Stronge (@w_stronge) interviewed by Joe (@steamedhamms) Edited…

Review: Jon Lawrence’s Me, Me, Me?

Faced with the crisis of social democracy, a loss of faith in ‘experts’ and leaders, and a surge of reactionary nationalism, the concept of community looms large in political discussion. Small communities outside of London and the south-east of England are, variously, disempowered by centralisation, looked down upon by cultural elites, and ravaged by unrelenting globalisation. Most of all, community is said…

Rethinking Welfare

Labour recently announced the intention of ending in-work poverty within the bounds of the next parliament once in government. Putting to one side this slightly woolly phrasing – reminiscent of the current administration’s resolution to ‘complete decarbonisation (hopefully before the last polar bear burns to death)’ – this is a welcome intervention from a leadership that has frankly been far too reticent…

The Social Review Podcast Episode 10: Out of Control?

Jasper, Eugenie, Tyron and James discuss America’s latest mass shootings and how we can practically fight white nationalism; Jasper also meets political comedians Alex Kealy and Ahir Shah to talk political comedy and financing the Edinburgh Fringe, and the gang gets cancelled. RSS Feed Host: Jasper (@jasper_ch) Panel: Eugenie (@meemstd) Tyron (@TyronWilson) James (@Gilofthepeople) Edited by Jasper Cresdee-Hyde.

The UCU And You

On February 22nd, 2018, the University and College Union went on strike. Although many factors played a role in causing the strike, the balloted action concerned a reorganisation of the USS pension scheme. The details of the changes to the pensions are fairly complex, and I am not here to write about the particulars of the dispute (not least because it is…

An MP in the family

I am part of a small group of people that you can only get into based on an accident of birth. Am I a member of the Royal Family? No. Instead, I am one of a small number of people whose parent also happens to be an MP. (Though I’m not a member of the Benn family, pictured above.) How many of…