Can you have too much education?

When Charles Adams posted “unless we stop thinking of education as a commodity, we will fall behind.” it set me thinking whether we should be offering a tertiary education as of right. Historically and indeed up until quite recently we have been gradually raising the school leaving age and now it is in effect 18… Read more

Five reasons why universal basic income is a bad idea – but only one is right

The FT has today, 11 February, an ‘opinion’ article by Ian Goldin, Professor of Globalisation and Development at the University of Oxford, giving five reasons why UBI is such a bad idea, which is a useful addition to the discussions we have had here on Progressive Pulse a while ago and on TaxResearch UK in the last… Read more

The English Civil War and its Ongoing Legacy

I know the English Civil War started in 1642 and ended 9 years later so you’re probably thinking it can’t have much of a legacy now. I just think it might. In the 1580’s the cleric, Richard Hooker, often considered to have written Britain’s first philosophical treatise, ‘The Laws of Ecclesiastical Polity’ wrote  [Book 1… Read more

Happiness Revolution. A Guest Blog by Peter Dawe.

Come the Revolution! Many have the opinion that the current western Neo-liberal, captured democracies are due to fail. Come the revolution there is a period of chaos and then the first group that organises effectively becomes the de-facto government. Look at revolutions worldwide since Cromwell to see the pattern. The current instabilities of the UK,… Read more

The road to ‘Cash Not Care’ ~ a personal voyage of research discovery. A guest blog by Mo Stewart

Mo Stewart is a medically retired healthcare professional, a disabled veteran of the Women’s Royal Air Force and, since 2009, has worked as an independent disability studies researcher exposing the influence of corporate America since 1992 with the design of future British ‘welfare reforms’. Her book ‘Cash Not Care: the planned demolition of the UK… Read more

Corporate Diet

It is of considerable surprise – to me at least – that Tesco has been given the go-ahead by the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) to take over Bookers. That’s Britain’s largest food retailer taking over Britain’s largest food wholesaler. Tesco also runs its own convenience stores which is an area where Booker are very… Read more