2015: The Last “Feel Good” Election

The General Election in May will be the last "feel good" election in the UK for a considerable time. This year the politicians are fighting to reassure people that their delusions of sustainability are in fact possible, and that they each have the most assured┬ápath to that illusion. Who will soothe us to sleep with... Continue Reading →

Democracy Mockery : the Smith Commission

It's no wonder nothing fundamental ever changes in this country, it seems that we have completely forgotten how to do it. This year's referendum in Scotland, and the ensuing Smith Commission mess, has only served to reinforce the image of our political process as a principle-free game for a disconnected elite. That image is well-deserved,... Continue Reading →

This Crisis

Across the industrialised world we face a set of problems, that are destined to be the problems of all people across the whole world. The affordability of the social-democratic State is in question, particularly in a low growth and resource constrained world. The inevitable time constraints on resolving this issue means that if it is... Continue Reading →

Malaise afoot

There is malaise foot, people sense it, and without sensible alternatives they will increasingly gravitate to the simplest and most self-protective options that are available. This political malaise has a short horizon, even if any one of a dozen potential powder-kegs does not go off to shorten it further (a debt crisis in next 3... Continue Reading →

Making Progressive Politics Work

In an excellent collection of essays the Policy Network has collected together for their "Making Progressive Politics Work" publication, we found the following comments by various authors in support for the fundamental principles┬áthat LIFE's policies are based on. Philippe Aghion is Robert C. Waggoner professor of economics at Harvard University: The political imperative is that... Continue Reading →

Common sense for Proper Change

It may not feel like it right now, but we are in desperate straits, and in need of radical change if we are to maintain the society that we have built over the last 300 years. Britons deserve the right to choose a proper solution at the next general election, and that is why we... Continue Reading →

FU.IGM

The generation with the jobs, the 'final salary' pensions, the mutual fund accounts, the second homes and the cheap driver's insurance. The free bus pass, the winter heating allowance and the holiday in the sun. The reason why music and art is still dominated by the 60s, 70s and 80s. And, most importantly, the slavish... Continue Reading →

Broken democracy in Westminster

We are trying to run a modern country with an old and out-dated democratic system.The principle of local representatives being sent to Westminster may have been appropriate in 1850 but it is outrageously ineffective today. MPs come mainly from party lists, they do a marginal job of representing their local constituents in national parliament, and... Continue Reading →

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