Champagne Legalism

This week, Dominic Raab stood in for Boris Johnson at Prime Ministers’ Questions whilst the PM was at the NATO summit. Given Raab’s reputation for putting his foot in his mouth, I assume his main job was to demonstrate exactly why Boris is still Prime Minister.  He didn’t disappoint. Convention meant that if the PM… Continue reading Champagne Legalism

Will a work guarantee scheme help asylum seekers?

On Friday last week, Steve Kneale wrote about asylum seekers and work. Currently asylum seekers are legally forbidden from taking on paid work during what often turns out to be a lengthy process. During that time they are provided with Home Office accommodation and a very minimal allowance.  Many of us find this grievous.  Here… Continue reading Will a work guarantee scheme help asylum seekers?

Let them eat cake – thoughts on fairness and justice

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This week on Afternoon Tea we are exploring questions about fairness and justice. In our first slot of the week, we talked about the difference between equality of outcome and equality of opportunity. I suggested that we might represent this simply by thinking in terms of sharing out a cake (because I like cake). Imagine… Continue reading Let them eat cake – thoughts on fairness and justice

Learning the wrong lessons from a crisis

Don’t you long for the days of good old political knock about and debate? December, the General Election and Jeremy Corbyn’s resignation as Labour leader seems so far away now. For us political anoraks, this week should have been a big occasion. We would be looking forward to the special conference revealing a new leader… Continue reading Learning the wrong lessons from a crisis