The EU and NATO are two sides of the same coin

Read the article for Prospect here.

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How George Osborne Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Universal Credit

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Is the demise of this failed programme austerity’s silver lining?

“Help to Work” always felt like a singularly inappropriate name for a scheme which had the express intention of “stepping up the pressure” on the long-term unemployed, rather than actually helping them into work.

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Tory cuts are undermining the right to a minimum wage

You’ve probably heard a lot of rhetoric from the Tories about this supposedly “high-wage economy” they’re creating. If you have, it might surprise you to hear that there are almost a quarter of a million working people in the UK getting paid less than the legal minimum to which they are entitled. Sports Direct may be just the tip of the iceberg.

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Universal credit is undermining even the Tory ambition to make work pay

When universal credit was launched in April 2013, it was supposed to be “the most radical overhaul of our welfare system since its inception”.

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Back to work support has failed the people who need it most

It ought to be one of the most fundamental principles of our safety net that nobody with a health condition or disability which makes it harder for them to work should be forced to take a job before they are ready.

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Welfare reform and why single mums should be worried

The whirlwind passage of the Government’s Welfare Reform and Work Bill continues this week, its feet momentarily touching the ground in the House of Lords. 

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More bad news for young people

Priti Patel, the Employment Minister, was back on her high horse this week, citing new employment figures as proof “that this government is delivering for hardworking people”.

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Equal pay day: no time for complacency

Back in the summer, David Cameron said that there had been “a recent slew of good news” for advocates of gender equality. If only things were quite so rosy.

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The welfare bill – a tawdry process from start to finish

In the last few days we’ve had an awful lot of sanctimonious rhetoric from the Government benches, from the Prime Minister down, expressing their outrage over a defeat in the House of Lords which they were framing as an affront to the elected chamber. But Ministers’ actions in the Commons this week suggested that, rhetoric aside, this is a Government which holds the democratic process in contempt. They are acting with the arrogance of a Government with a majority of 112, not a majority of just 12.  

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