Category Archives: Politics

The Growth Trap

In James Graham’s 2017 play Ink, Rupert Murdoch comes across as surprisingly likeable. The play tells the story of Murdoch’s takeover of The Sun newspaper in 1969 – at the time, a failing broadsheet – and its first year under … Continue reading

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A Catalan journey

This is an edited extract from my (unpublished) travelogue about the trip Katy and I took through Europe in the spring of 2016. The train from Valencia to Barcelona passes through seaside resort after seaside resort: big, ugly tower blocks … Continue reading

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The sickness at the heart of American capitalism – and where it’s leading us

American capitalism is sick. Not just “I think I might stay in bed today” sick. More like “call an ambulance” sick. The sickness has a name. It’s called financialisation. It’s not a bug that’s appeared overnight. It’s crept up on … Continue reading

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The Road to Utopia

Did you know that Richard Nixon almost introduced a basic income policy in 1969? In what he described as ‘the most significant piece of social legislation in our nation’s history,’ Nixon proposed guaranteeing all US citizens a modest amount of … Continue reading

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The elephants in the room of British politics

The cover of this week’s New Statesman caught my eye. ‘WANTED: AN OPPOSITION’ it reads, next to a picture of a glowering, moustachioed Lord Kitchener. Inside, an impressive array of pundits and politicians hold forth on the parlous state of … Continue reading

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We need to talk about duties as well as rights

For the last fortnight I’ve been doing jury service. The case I was assigned was an unpleasant one, but overall I found the experience surprisingly rewarding. My fellow jurors were an engaged, intelligent bunch. As we sat in the courtroom … Continue reading

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What’s really happening to American jobs?

It was the over-riding theme of Trump’s inauguration speech: foreigners, aided and abetted by politicians in Washington, stole our jobs. Now we want them back. ‘For many decades, we’ve enriched foreign industry at the expense of American industry,’ yammered the … Continue reading

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