Tag Archives: welfare state

Government ‘incompetent’? Not when it comes to DE-governance…

Increasingly, we read that the present UK government is ‘incompetent’.   But I’d suggest the Government is ‘only’ incompetent in things it reckons are fundamentally unimportant for the longer-term. David Cameron may make the occasional attempt to appear cuddly but George … Continue reading

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Personal politics; when moralising replaces civic responsibility

The big issues in UK politics are how the Government is destroying public services, in favour of provision for which it is absolutely not responsible.  De-governance as quickly as possible is the route our Conservative-dominated political leadership has chosen. The increasing interference … Continue reading

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Dependency on the state? or on private wealth?

It seems everyone is talking about ‘dependency‘ – on the state, on handouts, on services. Being dependent is apparently a Very Bad Thing, where and whenever it occurs – a strange judgement when, conversely, we are also told that the Big Society, a proposition … Continue reading

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In 1981 the Gang of Four launched a new UK liberal party to ‘heal divisions’…

Will we soon see big MP defections from the LibDems to Labour, in time to prevent wholesale destruction of the UK’s public services? Just about thirty years ago on 26 March 1981 the so-called Gang of Four launched a new British political … Continue reading

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Patronising paternalism about parental leave

Two articles in today’s Times (18 January 2011) remind me yet again why there is so far still for women in the UK to go.   In one article, ‘Extra paternity pay is needed to free women, says Clegg’, we learn … Continue reading

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