Yes, Work Must Pay

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by Chris Napier

Over the past few days, I’ve seen a lot about the government wanting to change the way that it treats long term illness with reference to things like fit notes, sick pay and benefits assessments.

Some of the ideas floated seem positive and some seem negative, but the overwhelming narrative is the promotion of the idea that work is fundamentally healthy and that being out of or away from work for extended periods and living off benefits is not good for you.
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Re-building Jerusalem – Brexit and the need for English Land Reform.

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By Morvern Rennie

Deep in the forest a gentle breeze rustles the canopy above me wafting the smell of hay and rippling the dappled light across the ground. My children squeal and giggle, the dog pants, somewhere a cockerel crows. The softly undulating hills vanish into a vermillion sky where great marshmallow clouds puff lazily eastwards.

Hobbiton?

Or perhaps a parallel time machine has transported me to the fabled brexit yesteryear?

No.

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Currency Poll

The Common Green

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I’d like to run a straw poll to help inform some thoughts I’m having on currency.

So imagine you are in charge of the newly reformed indyref2 campaign. You’ve been asked to direct the currency question strategy. What’s your preferred “Plan A” going into the campaign?

Feel more than free to expand on your thoughts in the comments below.
(If it’s your first time commenting on this blog you may end up in a moderation queue. I’ll approve as quickly as I can)

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EU know it’s the Fault of the English…

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Paul Derbyshire

As I sit here in my office just south of Glasgow surrounded by – mainly – Scottish people, I am reminded I’m English. I’m also reminded that there are many differences between the indigenous Scots and immigrants of all shapes, colours, denominations and cultural backgrounds and a lot of these differences I just don’t like or want to justify. Continue reading