The time is now when it comes to housing

At a time of house price inflation, falling home ownership, more people privately renting and increased private rents, the recent English Housing Survey showed the proportion of people renting social housing remained steady at 17 per cent in 2013/14[1].  However, the number of people on local...

The Backward Logic of Privatisation

Public sector workers are not a cost to the economy; quite the contrary, they are producers of value Those that want to get rid of our Council imply that others can do it better, that there is...

Productivity: no puzzle about it

TUC work issued today contests widely-held views that weak growth in productivity is down to failures of skills and/or other defects with the structure of the economy. Our research shows instead that the government’s austerity policies should take most of the blame for the productivity...

Caledonia’s sneaky Tory cash drop

Well this is interesting. It turns out that Caledonia Investments hasn't quite given up on using company money to fund the Tories after all. I speculated last June that they may have given up. My reasons for thinking this were a) they had made no donations since 2010 and b) they had not sought...

“Social model of disability”: What’s that about?

In a week when the government is claiming credit for getting hundreds of disabled people a day into employment and global corporation Maximus is about to take over running the Work Capability Assessment from discredited ATOS, why should the TUC bother with publishing a guide explaining the...

Socialism: PHASE 4

Socialism has historically passed through four main phases. Phase One: The early 19th century socialism of the utopians, Robert Owen, Fourier and St Simon. The early trade unions and co-operativists...