Monthly Archives: September 2013

Review: The Spirit Level by Richard Wilkinson and Kate Pickett

I read The Spirit Level: Why More Equal Societies Almost Always Do Better whilst watching the last two seasons of The Wire and so Chris Grayling’s claims last week that parts of the UK were beginning to resemble the Baltimore

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Equality Matters

By Duncan Brack This article was originally published in Reinventing the State: Social Liberalism for the 21st Century. We are grateful to Duncan for allowing us to reproduce this article. Visit the Methuen website to purchase the latest edition of

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Better a localist NHS than a nationalist one

Yesterday, Health Secretary Andy Burnham wrote an article for the Guardian aiming to set out the clear blue water between Labour and the Conservatives on the National Health Service. In doing so, he inadvertantly demonstrated quite how vapid Labour’s vision

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Reforming the NHS : A Local and Democratic Voice

By Richard S. Grayson This article was originally published in Reinventing the State: Social Liberalism for the 21st Century. We are grateful to Richard for allowing us to reproduce this article. Visit the Methuen website to purchase the latest edition

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A compelling case for a high pay commission? [Vince Cable]

Writing on Comment is Free today, Vince Cable argues: There is now a compelling case for a high pay commission to measure the claims of top earners that their rewards are justified and necessary, even if they offend natural justice

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We love the NHS

The debate in the us about healthcare seems to be getting increasingly insane, with Obama being compared to Hitler, Sarah Palin spreading lies about “death panels” and assorted nonsense. A repeat of the debate in the early 1990s when the

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Celebrating 100 years of liberals fighting the ‘taxpayers’ alliance’

Yesterday, obscure fact fans, was the 98th anniversary of the first Parliament Act*. The Parliament Act 1911 came about because of Asquith, Lloyd George and Churchill’s 1909 ‘People’s Budget’ which proposed paying for, among other things, the first state pension

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There is nothing random about local control of public services

Both Sunder Katwala and Grant Shapps are quite wrong: not only is local variation a price more than worth paying for local control, but it would end the phenomena of postcode lotteries. “Postcode lottery” is a cliché, and a peculiarly

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Steve Webb MP to respond to Jon Cruddas at Compass Summer Lecture

Steve Webb MP will be amongst those responding to Jon Cruddas at the Compass Summer Lecture on the future of Social Democracy. On the one hand with the crisis of capitalism and the systemic failure of free markets, coupled with

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