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  • Universal credit can be reformed to cause a lot less misery

    19 October 2017, by admin — Fabian Essays, Front Page, Social security, Universal credit, Welfare
    Universal credit is a disaster on almost every level. Its implementation has been catastrophic, its design is deeply flawed and it provides too little for struggling families. But it is a disaster that can be rescued, with common sense and money. It is time for politicians to decide if they (...)
  • The impact Brexit would have on Ireland

    19 October 2017, by admin — Comment, Brexit, Europe, Labour
    Three weeks ago, at the British Labour party conference in Brighton, I spent a few days trying to explain to delegates and visitors the impact Brexit would have on Ireland. In the weeks before the conference, Keir Starmer had worked to develop the Labour position, making it clear that the UK (...)
  • Making sure automation works for everyone

    17 October 2017, by admin — Comment, Employment, Technology
    Whether it’s film reviewers discussing Blade Runner’s replicants, or computer scientists cheering their algorithm as it beats a human at yet another game, everyone’s talking about artificial intelligence. The government certainly has recognised the incredible opportunities presented. A review by (...)
  • Working options

    16 October 2017, by admin — Fabian Essays, A public offer, Employment, Labour
    In an age where work is less secure and the safety net shrinking, we need a new approach to the world of work, particularly for women, writes Jane Mansour One of the defining moments of the 2017 general election campaign came with the prime minister’s evasive response to a question on nurses (...)
  • Restitching the safety net

    13 October 2017, by admin — Uncategorized, A public offer, Welfare
    Labour has the opportunity to carve out a fresh approach on social security, based on the principles of fairness, dignity and respect, writes Ruth Patrick For lots of reasons, the 2017 general election felt very different from recent battles to secure the nation’s vote. Brexit dominated the (...)
  • Shaw and the sun

    12 October 2017, by admin — Fabian Essays, History
    Founding Fabian George Bernard Shaw could often be found soaking up the rays in his rotating shed, writes Tania Woloshyn Image: Wellcome Collection Of all the images you may have come across of the illustrious Fabian, Nobel laureate and famous playwright, George Bernard Shaw (1856–1950), I doubt (...)
  • For richer lives

    12 October 2017, by admin — Fabian Essays, A public offer, Labour, Public Services
    The pledge to invest more in our public services has resonated with the public but we now need to go even further, writes Heather Wakefield Bliss it was indeed to wake to Labour’s 2017 manifesto – and more blissful yet to see the positive public reaction to it reflected in the election result. (...)
  • Corbyn’s effect

    11 October 2017, by admin — Fabian Essays, Jeremy Corbyn MP, Labour
    Corbynism is a collective endeavour in the best Labour tradition – and there is much more to come, writes Mark Perryman Over the past two years what has made the Corbynite challenge so distinctive, and has become a core part of its appeal, is the way Labour is becoming both a party and a (...)
  • A continuing crisis

    10 October 2017, by admin — Fabian Essays, International Development, refugees
    While thousands of refugees languish in camps across Europe, the UK government has rowed back on its commitments. Alf Dubs, who spearheaded moves to help child refugees, sets out what needs to be done now I visited the ‘Jungle’ refugee and migrant camp in Calais twice before it was demolished. I (...)
  • Economic and social rights as human rights

    9 October 2017, by admin — Comment, Economy, Human Rights, Society
    Many people in the UK live in a chronic state of fear and anxiety and a profound dissatisfaction with the way things are. There is a great deal to be concerned about: job insecurity, old age, increasingly uncertain access to health care, the lack of safe and affordable housing, schools, and (...)

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