On the Benefits of a Universal Basic Income

By Chris Fielding.

I have always been slightly curious about the concept of a Universal Basic Income, and if it would be a beneficial amendment to our welfare. After some considering, I think it might be, for both economic and social reasons. As I am not too sure that everyone is familiar with the concept of a Universal Basic Income, let me explain it. The basic core of the idea of the idea is that the Government would issue a check to everyone that would cover the basic costs of living. This would be issued irrespective of the person’s income and social position. Continue reading

Our Opportunity

By Roger Neville.

The Labour Government under Tony Blair started so well with the reforms and policies highlighted in earlier blogs. However New Labour, and especially Blair morphed into a Thatcherite view of the world and I believe felt that that view was the only way to cling on to power. Power as a goal in itself is unworthy and I believe that the contrary view is what has appealed to the many new members of the Labour party since Jeremy Corbyn’s involvement in the leadership hustings a year ago and since. Blair’s policies became increasingly Thatcherite or Torylite. His policies on housing, tax and trade unions did nothing to overturn the inexorable drift towards the unequal society we have today where the rich, including him, get richer and the poor, particularly the very poor, get less and are blamed for their own predicament. And of course the worst legacy he left the Labour party was his support for the “neocon” Iraq war; a legacy not only for Labour but for the whole world which will last for many more years. Continue reading