A New Full Employment Policy – Making Politics Matter Again

Origin of Specious

beveridge reportIn the lead-up to the UK election the big questions are all about either protecting or destroying existing institutions: the National Health Service, the British union, the European union.

Not one party is presenting a policy to design any new institutions – not on an impressive scale, anyway.

No wonder people are uninspired by politics. It’s as though moving into the future is out of the question and the only choice is over various points in the past in which to mire ourselves, like a dinosaur choosing which stratigraphic layer in which to be fossilized.

If you want to know what sort of new institution people could propose building, you really only need to look at the origins of the NHS. It was only ever meant to be part of a broader scheme, attacking just one of what Beveridge called the ‘Giants’ that stalk modern society: Want, Disease, Ignorance, Squalor…

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