Friday

Mark Pennington: What is wrong with egalitarianism IN THEORY?

I have just been listening to Mark Pennington talking about his book in a podcast. I am no master of the theories of political economy so this is an amateur quick summary and aide memoire. Pennington is basically trying to … Continue reading

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Wednesday

Newly re-published

The newly re-published version of The Welfare State We’re In can be bought (in the UK at least)  from Amazon here. It includes a new introduction on how the situation has  changed in the past decade.

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Thursday

The Welfare State We’re In now on Kindle

I am delighted to say that The Welfare State We’re In is now available on Kindle here.

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Tuesday

My meeting with Lady Thatcher and how it helped lead to the book I am now writing

  Below is the account I wrote (with the comments received) just after my unexpected meeting with Lady Thatcher. Partly as a result of that meeting, I am now working on a book in which I am describing the impact … Continue reading

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Tuesday

The biggest dates in Britain’s history of state welfare

The biggest moments in British welfare state history: 1.)  1536-47 Expropriation of the monasteries and priories by Henry VIII which removed much of the church welfare that existed at the time. 2.) 1601 Crystallisation of the Poor Laws that had … Continue reading

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Wednesday

Mandatory Work Activity scheme – some changes needed?

Here is a careful and obviously knowledgeable critique of the British government’s Mandatory Work Activity scheme. It looks like the scheme needs some changes!

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Wednesday

It’s the supply side, stupid

Useful piece in The Spectator about why Germany is now doing so much better than other Eurozone countries.

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Sunday

Universal benefits for the elderly – good or bad?

Two articles and a letter today in the Sunday Telegraph about whether or not universal benefits should be retained. Apparently Iain Duncan Smith wants to be rid of them in order to save some of the money he is required … Continue reading

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Thursday

Inequality: the final instalment with the benefit of a government statistic

This is the third of a three-part posting. I posed two questions in the previous parts. Two days ago, I noted that someone at the 90th percentile in terms of income obviously earns a multiple of the income of someone … Continue reading

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Wednesday

An inequality questionnaire: Part Two

Here is the second of a three-part posting: As in the first part, there is a question: Someone who is at the 90th percentile in terms of income obviously earns a multiple of the income of someone at the 10th … Continue reading

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