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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Saturday

‘The Welfare State We’re In’ to be re-published next month.

I am delighted that The Welfare State We’re In is to be re-published next month. It has been out of print for several years – frustrating since I have known of one university, at least, which wanted to use it … Continue reading

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Wednesday

The Pope and a ‘fair wage’ in Bangladesh

It is sad to see the Pope enter into the political and economic arena. He does not understand the issues and therefore has made wholly misguided remarks which are dangerous for the people of Bangladesh and other very poor countries. … Continue reading

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Sunday

Return to Aix. First impressions.

I came down to Aix-en-Provence by train yesterday. On the way we passed through Lyon. Two things bleakly stood out: many walls smothered in graffiti and the large blocks of social housing. I arrived in the evening. By the middle … Continue reading

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Thursday

Appearance on Newsnight

Newsnight on BBC2 is due to have a large segment on the welfare state tonight. I am to be one of the panellists. Apparently we will be looking at the change in attitudes to the welfare state.

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Monday

The State of Welfare – BBC 3 hour programme

BBC Radio 4 has a three hour programme from 10am to 1pm on “The State of Welfare” tomorrow on the anniversary of the Beveridge report. I will be appearing for 10 minutes or so probably between 11.20 and 11.45. I … Continue reading

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Friday

Link to talk I gave in Australia earlier this year.

Talk on welfare and work on new book.

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Thursday

The Spirit Level – “trash social science”

If you want a quick guide what may be misleading about the influential book, The Spirit Level, it worth listening to this interview with Peter Saunders, Professor Emeritus of Sociology at Sussex University. This debate is highly important. If it … Continue reading

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Thursday

Interview in Sweden

      Here is an interview I did earlier this year in Sweden. http://www.axess.se/tv/program.aspx?id=2666

Posted by James Bartholomew Indexed in Education, European Union, General, Healthcare and the NHS, Parenting, Pensions, Politics, Unemployment, Welfare benefits
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Tuesday

The drive towards ‘lower inequality’

This idea is not going away. As part of the research for my new book, I visited the OECD last week and interviewed eight people there. The concept of low inequality being a ‘good thing’ was referred to explicitly or … Continue reading

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