The past few weeks have painted a bad picture for Britain’s privately-run rail services. An overhauled timetable has led to delays and cancellations across the network and led to incredible disruption for passengers, Virgin-Stagecoach failed to keep up with payments on the East Coast Mainline, leading to the temporary renationalisation of the line, and the […]Read more "Britain Runs on Rail: The Case for Nationalisation"
Recently, fashion brand Miss Pap created a ‘Living Wage Wardrobe‘, clothing sold on sale for no more that £7.50. The idea being that those on the living wage could earn a new outfit by lunchtime. This raises two worrying issues. The first being issues around the rights of workers worldwide. As we have seen with […]Read more "The Harms of Fast Fashion"
Patriotism, especially in recent years, has become an inherently right-wing domain. It has become about “taking your country back”, “returning to a golden age”, or making a country great again. The current government have said Brexit coverage should be more patriotic and telling us to be more patriotic about cheese. But why should patriotism be […]Read more "Forward-Thinking Patriots: How the Left Can Create a New Patriotism"
With a general election around the corner, now seems as good a time as any to examine the flaws in the British Electoral System. Britain is a nation that claims to have a strong democracy but can it flesh out these claims? With recent voter turnout in general elections hovering in the mid-60% range, many […]Read more "What’s wrong with British Elections?"
Universal Basic Income is exactly that, a guaranteed sum of money paid to all citizens that covers at least rent, bills and food, generally reducing to zero as an individual’s pay rises. A replacement to most current welfare payments, this allows everyone to live while providing greater leisure time or allowing them to top up […]Read more "Why Now is the Time for a Universal Basic Income"
As Theresa May has announced plans for a general election June 8th, there is no better time than now to look at her diplomatic and democratic record. As an un-elected party leader, this election will be the first chance for her to truly gain a democratic mandate for her plans for Britain’s currently very unstable […]Read more "Theresa May’s ‘Diplomacy’; A Creeping Authoritarianism?"
Jeremy Corbyn’s recent announcement of a wage cap for companies given government contracts is a step toward making pay in the United Kingdom fairer, more equal and more progressive. But this policy alone is not enough to overcome the gross inequalities that Thatcherite neo-liberalism and recent Tory-led austerity has produced. To begin to produce a […]Read more "How Jeremy Corbyn Can Make Pay Progressive"