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White Dee: I might back Ukip instead of Labour

29 September 2014 12:01

Back in February, Benefits Street star ‘White Dee’ promised to give David Cameron a ‘run for his money’. In her Spectator diary, she described how ‘Ladbrokes has made me 50-1… Continue reading

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Employment is booming. What does Rachel Reeves have to add?

22 June 2014 14:24

Here’s a funny thing: Labour claims to be the ‘party of work’, but the Tories have reasonable claim to be the workers’ party, given that they’ve overseen the creation of… Continue reading

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The UK's attitude towards Britishness and immigration has changed over the last 10 years. Photo: Matt Cardy/Getty Images

Five things you need to know about the latest British Social Attitudes survey

17 June 2014 17:03

How have British attitudes changed over the last decade? The latest British Social Attitudes survey is out today, suggesting that Britons have become less tolerant of immigration, benefits tourism and… Continue reading

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A pound of state benefits has less impact than a pound from independent earnings

13 June 2014 10:08

The Joseph Rowntree Foundation (JRF)  published a paper on Wednesday comparing a range of policies to help low paid workers. Perhaps unsurprisingly, they conclude that increasing benefits is the best… Continue reading

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UKIP Leader Nigel Farage Visits Eastleigh To Canvass With Candidate Diane James

UKIP stand by their latest trouble man

25 April 2014 14:37

More trouble for Ukip this morning: it seems that yet another party official has some colourful views about ‘people of color’. David Challice, who is understood to work at Ukip… Continue reading

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These two men blew a golden opportunity to tackle welfare dependency.  (Photo by Steve Eason/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

New Labour’s greatest failure

16 April 2014 18:58

My friend and critic Jonathan Portes obviously took exception to my remarks about Keynesianism having been disproven. His entertaining rebuttal claims to have exposed my misreading of data. That’s not… Continue reading

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Rochdale Foodbank Use Triples In A Year

Foodbank statistics present problems for the coalition – and for Labour

16 April 2014 11:47

Despite the stream of very good economic news (as described by Fraser and James), you won’t catch ministers saying that the crisis in living standards is ‘over’ because there is… Continue reading

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Would ending unpopular benefits test contract really solve the problem?

22 February 2014 8:30

What will happen to the much-maligned contractor that carries out the government’s work capability assessments which determine whether a sick or disabled person is fit for work or needs long-term… Continue reading

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Vincent Nichols Holds A Press Conference Ahead Of This Weekends Consistory

Why bishops are useful for the Left – for now

19 February 2014 15:22

Even though, as I said earlier, it makes sense for David Cameron to come out fighting in favour of his party’s welfare reforms after they were slammed by the Archbishop… Continue reading

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White Dee with her daugher Caitlin

My experience of last night’s Benefits Street debate

18 February 2014 14:59

I spent yesterday evening in Birmingham with the residents of ‘Benefits Street’, assorted pundits and politicians. It was a slightly rowdy debate for Channel 4, and can be seen here. Since… Continue reading

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Explaining the IDS vs Osborne split on welfare

24 January 2014 11:29

‘Do you know what they used to call us?’ asked Theresa May ten years ago. ‘The nasty party.’ No one used that phrase, but ‘they’ had a point. The Conservatives… Continue reading

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Rochdale Foodbank Use Triples In A Year

The Tories’ hunger games

16 January 2014 11:59

Last night I went to hear Chris Mould of the Trussell Trust speak at my local church. The scene appeared to confirm every myth Tories tell about themselves. Though it… Continue reading

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Demonising? Episode 2 of ‘Benefits Street’ flatters a very ugly picture

13 January 2014 21:36

The Synthetic Outrage Squad has been out in force over Channel 4’s Benefits Street, dubbing the series ‘poverty porn’ that ‘demonises’ a vulnerable group of people. In fact, as someone… Continue reading

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George Osborne’s New Year speech on the economy

6 January 2014 11:59

Earlier today the Chancellor gave a speech on the economy where he set up a choice for politicians: cut back on welfare, or hurt ‘hard working families’ with tax rises… Continue reading

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There are better ways for the state to save money than by making large families the preserve of the well-to-do.

Cap child benefit? There are better ways to cut the welfare bill

16 December 2013 14:38

David Davis is plainly right that the Tories are just testing the water to see how talk about capping child benefit to two children for people on the dole goes… Continue reading

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The government must prevent young people from falling into the benefits trap

20 November 2013 16:24

Despite promises to be ‘tougher than the Tories’ with regards the welfare bill, shadow work and pensions secretary Rachel Reeves MP was today batting away headlines suggesting that Labour was considering plans to… Continue reading

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A woman cleans the stage ahead of David Cameron's speech yesterday. Picture: Getty

The ravelling and unravelling of the only policy in David Cameron’s speech

3 October 2013 17:37

David Cameron’s speech to Tory conference yesterday was supposed to be policy-free so that the media would pick up his list of achievements because it had no other choice. The… Continue reading

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Latest Figures Show UK Unemployment Has Risen Above 2 Million

Tories shift their plans on benefits for under-25s

2 October 2013 14:33

Although David Cameron’s speech was deliberately light on policy, it did contain one hint about a manifesto commitment for the 2015 general election. The Prime Minister told the conference that… Continue reading

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Time’s up for today’s welfare state

12 September 2013 17:21

Welfare as we know it is doomed to defeat. It looks like going down to defeat from three major challenges, and each challenge comes from the sea change that is… Continue reading

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King Rib supper, single smoked sausage, pickled onions, saltnsauce. My supper yesterday, actually.

George Orwell’s lesson for Jamie Oliver

27 August 2013 17:08

Jamie Oliver, eh, what a card? Why can’t Britain’s revolting poor eat better food? If they can afford televisions they can afford mussels and rocket too, don’t ya know? Something… Continue reading

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Unemployment Figures Set To Rise Further In UK

Welfare failures that are costing us dear

21 August 2013 21:20

I’m told there’s a joke that does the round in Whitehall, that to err is human, but if you really want to foul things up you need Iain Duncan Smith.… Continue reading

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Social housing has lost all sense of society and relationships.

Social housing needs to be more social

12 August 2013 12:53

With the recent anniversary of the Beveridge report, TV channels have been packed with an array of documentaries on our welfare system. Most of these have been fairly hopeless, trying to make… Continue reading

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Protesters gather at Trafalgar Square for a pro-immigration and rights rally earlier this year

Mass immigration or the welfare state? Because we may not be able to have both

2 August 2013 10:17

Formulating policy on the back of what you believe human beings ought to be like rather than what they tend to be like can have serious consequences. Mass immigration is… Continue reading

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David Goodhart tells David Cameron how to tackle immigration by reforming the EU

31 July 2013 9:41

Much, if not all, of the discussion about immigration in recent days has barely mentioned migration from the European Union, which, given the scale of such migration, was an oversight.… Continue reading

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Why Universal Credit delay is a good thing, not a political failure

11 July 2013 17:06

‘Iain Duncan Smith must now ask himself if he is fit for purpose.’ That’s what Liam Byrne thinks of the Work and Pensions Secretary’s admission that the roll-out of Universal… Continue reading

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