There is a clear connection between income insecurity and marriage. More specifically, the lack of it. In an era where fewer people are marrying, full employment policies and the job guarantee is the best way to strengthen family financial stability, says Economist Professor Bill Black. A job guarantee program would also allow for the closure of one of the great perception gulfs between progressives and conservatives.
Our problems will not be solved by the victory of one party over another, or of one ‘ism’ over another. Changing lawmakers from ‘conservatives’ to ‘liberals’ or ‘liberals’ to ‘socialists’, without reforming how the laws are made is like asking the orchestra to play a happy tune whilst the ship goes down, writes Mark GB. Our problems arise from the centralisation of power and money in the hands of unaccountable vested interests. We need fundamental reform of the political and monetary system itself.
With British Parliament on summer holidays, historian, comedian and author Jem Roberts examines the strange days of the Arguably United Kingdom. It seems a fair enough question to ask – who’s actually in charge these days? Can we just play arcade games until somebody is? And has the country finally turned a corner?
UK student loans are administered by a wholly government-owned private company that is technically insolvent and cannot guarantee or compel repayment. Yet Jeremy Corbyn is now back-pedalling over Labour’s promise to abolish university tuition fees, when it could abolish student loans, past, present and future, with a phone call and a pen.
A coalition of Conservative chaos is now hostage to Northern Ireland’s Democratic Unionist Party after a snap election in which the right-wing British media chose to paint Jeremy Corbyn as an IRA terrorist sympathiser.