Minister No More!

Originally posted on Yanis Varoufakis:
The referendum of 5th July will stay in history as a unique moment when a small European nation rose up against debt-bondage. Like all struggles for democratic rights, so too this historic rejection of the Eurogroup’s 25th June ultimatum comes with a large price tag attached. It is, therefore, essential…

Response to Polly Toynbee’s piece in Guardian last week..

Originally posted on The Idge of Reason:
I read Polly Toynbee’s piece in yesterday’s Guardian, nodding in agreement with much of it. The willingness of our Conservative-led government to punish the poorest in our society, while pushing people to believe that they deserve what is coming, has been almost as astounding as the willingness of…

A few thoughts on politics, dependency and care

Originally posted on glosswatch:
In Who Cooked Adam Smith’s Dinner?, Katrine Marçal describes the way in which foetal scans both reflect and influence our contemporary view of how human beings are formed and how they relate to one another: The baby floats, an independent astronaut, with only an umbilical cord connecting it to the world…

Identity politics, chavs, Barnsley, and Searchlight.

Originally posted on The Idge of Reason:
Last night, Barnsley, a seat where you could stand a turnip in a red rosette and it would win, was a scene of rejoicing as Labour crowed about increasing their majority. I struggle to understand how a by-election with a 36% turnout, where almost 21% of the vote…

The TUC have decided Britain no longer needs trade unions.

Not that we have had them for a while. This is the TUC’s statement with the CBI about unpaid work and workfare. I am going to explain what it means. We have had an expansion of welfare to the working population. Once a worker is welfare dependent, it doesn’t actually matter if they have a…

TUC Side With Bosses To Back Tory Workfare Scheme

Originally posted on the void:
“The creatures outside looked from pig to man, and from man to pig, and from pig to man again; but already it was impossible to say which was which.” In an astonishing and genuinely sad day for the trade uni0n movement, the TUC have teamed up with the Confederation of…

Me on inequality. Pieria

Here you go. This article was started before I read Piketty’s Capital in the 21st Century, and was not intended as a review of the book. But hey ho.

Time for the twitterbubble to grow up.

There has been a misunderstanding, and it is time to correct it. I know for the journalists and commentariat who moved into a giant chatroom and declared it their future, twitter was something new, but I wish they had not in their arrogance christened it ‘media’. Most of us are used to living in an…