Tag Archives: inequality

  1. Universal Credit – a professional idea implemented by amateurs

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    November 9, 2017 by Paul Goldsmith

    Sometimes it is important to differentiate between an bad policy and incompetent implementation. Universal credit gets a bad rap, but …
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  2. Corbyn’s rhetoric sounds good, but does it help those most in need?

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    June 29, 2017 by Paul Goldsmith

    Jeremy Corbyn’s ability to receive rapturous applause in an echo chamber whilst saying exactly what people want to hear continues …
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  3. Cameron parks Conservative tanks on Labour’s vacated lawn

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    October 7, 2015 by Paul Goldsmith

    Before I comment on David Cameron’s speech (to read it click here) – I was struck by these three responses: …
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  4. A government imposing austerity backed by 24% of the electorate is a legitimate as 250,000 people marching against it

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    June 24, 2015 by Paul Goldsmith

       Last weekend (20th June) there was an anti-austerity march in Central London. It was reported variously that 250,000 people …
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  5. The day Esther McVey lost her seat (clue, it wasn’t today)

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    May 8, 2015 by Paul Goldsmith

    Esther McVey didn’t lose her Wirral West seat today, Esther McVey lost her Wirral West seat on December 18th 2013. …
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  6. The Green Party manifesto is the most honest of them all. 

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    April 16, 2015 by Paul Goldsmith

    Reading the Green Party manifesto I found myself lost in admiration for the only honest document produced by any political …
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  7. Time for the ‘Good Right’ to redefine conservatism

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    March 9, 2015 by Paul Goldsmith

    Would you like lower earners to pay less income tax? Well, we could have a consumption tax on the very wealthy. …
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  8. Government’s policies favour older people for a good reason…and it’s not what you think

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    February 10, 2015 by Paul Goldsmith

    Let’s start with a fact. Older people are more likely to vote than younger people. Ergo, policies that benefit older …
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  9. Why is there a correlation between immigration and inequality?

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    January 24, 2015 by Paul Goldsmith

    Professor Danny Dorling from Oxford University visited our school this week to talk about inequality. It was the very last thing …
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  10. Why the distinction between poverty and inequality is important

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    January 22, 2015 by Paul Goldsmith

    Why is the distinction between poverty and inequality important? Two exchanges in the media this week tell us why. Firstly. …
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  11. Did you know black/white wealth inequality in the USA is now worse than it was in Apartheid South Africa?

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    December 20, 2014 by Paul Goldsmith

    Sometimes, the only way to tell a shocking story is through comedy. There was a fascinating exchange last week on …
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  12. How do we solve a problem like Food Banks?

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    December 10, 2014 by Paul Goldsmith

    The Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, has pointed out that he believes that people going hungry in this country is …
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  13. Ed Miliband’s vision for Britain needs a practical pathway

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    November 13, 2014 by Paul Goldsmith

    If you are going to complain about the way wealth is distributed in this country, and you want to find …
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  14. Russell Brand…irresponsible revolutionary?

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    October 26, 2014 by Paul Goldsmith

    I have always been rather wary of people who wait until they become multi-millionaires before they start complaining about inequality. …
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  15. Cut inheritance tax whilst food banks are thriving? Really, David?

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    October 16, 2014 by Paul Goldsmith

    Just when I thought the Conservative Party had run out of ways to write the Labour Party manifesto, they have …
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  16. When will someone in politics ‘do the right thing’ themselves and insist that the living wage be paid?

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    October 8, 2014 by Paul Goldsmith

    For the first time in British history, the majority of people classified as living poverty are in work. Low pay …
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  17. Why are the Conservatives so happy about a set of policies that victimise the poorest so much?

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    October 3, 2014 by Paul Goldsmith

    As the smoke clears from the pep rally that this week’s Conservative party conference basically turned out to be, a …
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  18. Social mobility can be helped by levelling up, not levelling down

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    September 7, 2014 by Paul Goldsmith

    Of the people I know, it is only those who have already made it to the top or those who …
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  19. Think all children love summer holidays? Think again.

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    August 30, 2014 by Paul Goldsmith

    Back in 2008, the school I taught at got inspected by Ofsted. One of the most shocking statistics that came …
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  20. Should we be offering free summer holiday meals for the poorest?

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    August 28, 2014 by Paul Goldsmith

    I yield to no-one in my insistence that the existence of food banks in this country is a stain on …
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  21. Universities UK tuition fee impact figures should lead to a discussion about what a university education is for

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    August 12, 2014 by Paul Goldsmith

    So Universities UK published a report recently that is the first proper attempt to analyse the effect of raising university …
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  22. Universal Credit and Iain Duncan-Smith, doomed to failure?

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    June 26, 2014 by Paul Goldsmith

    There are numerous books and articles written about the concept of “government failure”. Governments intervene – mostly with the best …
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  23. All eyes on Seattle: A ‘proper’ minimum wage is set at last

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    June 9, 2014 by Paul Goldsmith

    After a two year campaign driven by low-paid fast-food workers that had galvanised the electorate, Seattle’s newly elected mayor, Ed …
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