Realities

The Social Review Podcast Episode 55: Weight of the Nation

To discuss the government’s new anti-obesity campaign, Jasper talks to TSR writer Liam Stewart about his essay on the measures for the website. They unpick their personal histories with food and weight, the socio-economic complexity of obesity, how bodies are socially judged, the internal tensions on the left between individual and collective responsibility of weight, and much more (CN: food, eating, eating…

Boris Johnson should shape up, gastric bands and calorie labels in restaurants are not going to solve obesity in the UK

Photo Credit: IJClark My relationship with food has always been a bit toxic. When I was a child I was a fussy eater. As a teen I binge ate. Happily, things today are much better, but I still have days where I binge eat, or get anxious around drinking alcohol or eating certain foods. I was about eight when other children In…

The Social Review Podcast Episode 54: Not the end of ideology

Jasper meets Dr Florence Sutcliffe-Braithwaite (Lecturer in 20th Century British History at UCL and Co-Editor of Renewal: A Journal for Social Democracy) to chat about how old ideologies and orthodoxies continue to shape the Conservative Party, continued narratives of the undeserving poor, who gets to define what is political and what is not, the increasing complexity of class strata and much more.…

Not the end of ideology

Photo Credit This article was originally published in Renewal. The government response to the coronavirus crisis involves an unprecedented level of intervention in the peacetime British economy. But the rhetorical and ideological underpinnings of these new policies reveal that little has really changed in Conservative thinking. On 17 March, Rishi Sunak told Parliament that the ‘national effort’ against Covid-19 would be ‘underpinned…

The Digital Divide: Coronavirus and Education

Photo Credit Broadband communism. A fantasy. Costs of £100 billion or more.  It is safe to say that during the 2019 general election, Labour’s plan for free broadband was met with scepticism or downright hostility from many. However, the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic has brought this once-dismissed policy back into vogue. With school closures and pupils out of classrooms, many in Britain are…