Ryan Gosling and Laurie Penny saga

A living breathing example of why you would have to be blind to want a place on the left wing media coconut shy, and the lunacy it occasionally produces.

Getting sentimental about Beveridge?

The whip of starvation was necessary, Sir William Beveridge occasionally believed, with the best of intentions, of course. The task assigned to Beveridge was not the glorious reimagining of the social contract he is credited with. If a mythology over the creation of the Beveridge report has sprung up, it has been used to heavily…

A new settlement due?

‘A vital new debate is beginning, or perhaps an old debate is being renewed, about the proper role of government , the welfare state, and the attitudes on which it rests.’ Margaret Thatcher, 1975 Since the end of World War two, we have reached this point twice. The first time, a political agreement was pulled…