Realities

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…

The Moral Case Against Billionaires

When we are children, we are taught to think about moral issues quite simplistically. We are told a lot about the importance of sharing and of being kind. Yet, when we reach the adult world, these seemingly basic moral principles often go out of the window. Suddenly, being selfish is no longer looked down upon in the same way, and in many…

Israel needs a ‘civil rights revolution’

Two days after Daniel Levy finished his compulsory service in the Israeli Defence Force, Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin was assassinated.  As part of his service, Levy had been working as a negotiator attached to the Oslo accords. The years leading up to this moment had been a small window of optimism in the struggle for peace between Israel and Palestine, and Rabin’s…

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…