Neoliberalism: origins, theory, definition Since the 1990’s activists use the word ‘neoliberalism’ for global market-liberalism (‘capitalism’) and for free-trade policies. In this sense, it is widely used in South America. ‘Neoliberalism’ is often used interchangeably with ‘globalisation’. But free markets and global free trade are not new, and this use of the word ignores developments… Read More


“Ideas are more powerful than guns.” Tony Benn, August 2007 The working class of the past were very aware of philosophical thoughts and argument. They came from a system of education and a society in which thought was valued just as much as employable skills. Men down the working mens clubs might not use high academic language, but… Read More


There’s a rather poignant piece from Tony Benn on the Margaret Thatcher he knew in today’s Guardian: “Margaret Thatcher was a very powerful, rightwing force in society. She followed her beliefs and had clear objectives. Her policy was to reverse the trends in modern politics that were made possible by the trade unions being legalised. She… Read More


So, why are the Northerners celebrating Mrs Thatcher’s passing, whilst the southerners are disgusted at them? Whilst I do not like vitriol, and this is just a film, this excerpt from ‘Brassed Off’ aptly expresses how Mrs Thatcher affected the lives of huge swaths of society.  … Read More


She was the Prime Minister of my childhood. She was Mrs Thatcher. Or Maggie. It all depended on the context. But was she certainly a ‘Mrs.’ It felt as stern and cold as she was. Or seemed. Because out of nowhere, she would suddenly exude the vulnerability of a woman, the pride of a mother,… Read More


I have been following the saga of the “120,000 troubled families” since it was first mentioned in speech by PM David Cameron last May. I first reported here in some detail that  this number and the rational behind it was at best dubious. And finally after some pressure form others in the field,  Louise Casey, the author… Read More