Swedish riots: how welfarism creates outsiders
Blaming marketisation for the riots is way too simplistic. It was welfarism that copperfastened poor people’s exclusion from society.
|Monday 3 June 2013|
Sweden’s ‘foreign’ youth: imprisoned by culture
In supposedly 'model' Sweden, multicultural policies have led to the kids of immigrants being excluded from the mainstream.
|Monday 3 June 2013|
The real scandal of the House of Lords
The latest lobbying and lords scandal shows that the upper chamber doesn't need reform – it needs abolition.
|Tuesday 16 April 2013|
Time to abolish the psychiatric ASBO
Placing state-backed constraints on ex-mental patients is a flagrant violation of their autonomy.
|Wednesday 6 February 2013|
The state agencies undermining agency
New UK safeguarding legislation is set to make it easier still for the authorities to enter people’s homes.
|Wednesday 28 November 2012|
Don’t wish Beveridge a happy birthday
On the 70th anniversary of the publication of the Beveridge Report, it’s time radicals addressed the devastating social costs of welfarism.
|Monday 30 April 2012|
We don’t want to be ‘empowered’, thanks
The fad for empowerment in social work and politics is really about making people comply with state diktat.
|Monday 26 March 2012|
‘People don’t just want to watch Jeremy Kyle’
A WORLDbytes film crew found Londoners in a supposed far-right stronghold took an intelligent approach to welfare.
|Tuesday 1 November 2011|
Why feel charitable towards charities?
Charities in the UK have become far too dependent on state funding, at the cost of their independence.
|Wednesday 27 July 2011|
From working class to incapacitated class
How radical activists shifted from viewing the working classes as powerful to pitying them as pathetic.
|Monday 26 July 2010|
A Big Society with small ambitions
The jury is out on whether David Cameron’s flagship initiative will really reduce the role of the state in our lives.
|Tuesday 22 June 2010|
Sure Start: a fancy new way to police the family
Sure Start’s main achievement has been to transform the social problem of child poverty into an individual problem of poor parenting.
|Wednesday 5 May 2010|
Public health and the obsession with behaviour
ESSAY: Recent thinking on health policy has been driven by two myths: that bad health is caused by bad habits, and that government can promote good health by changing our behaviour.
|Wednesday 28 April 2010|
Turning parents into ‘partners of the state’
ELECTION ESSAY: Thanks to New Labour, the family is no longer seen as a haven in a heartless world, but as a site of all sorts of abuse.
|Wednesday 21 April 2010|
What’s so great about the welfare state?
ESSAY: The origins of state welfare were far from progressive, and in its new therapeutic form it is actually a barrier to human solidarity.
|Tuesday 23 March 2010|
Turning immigration into a tool of social engineering
ELECTION ESSAY: The elite now expresses its snobbery and authoritarianism by being ‘pro-immigration’ rather than anti-immigration.
|Tuesday 16 March 2010|
Education: you can’t buy and sell intellectual capital
ELECTION ESSAY: Frank Furedi explains why the mighty mess Labour made of education won’t be fixed by privatisation or parental pressure.
|Thursday 19 November 2009|
Welfare: how help becomes a hindrance
With the shift of emphasis from welfare to wellbeing, the state reinforces the sense that we are unable to cope with life.
|Thursday 27 August 2009|
You say underclass, we say white trash
Chris Grayling’s comparison of Moss Side with The Wire was silly, but his critics have vilified the working class, too.
|Tuesday 21 July 2009|
Scanning hoodies’ brains: eugenics by the back door?
Is children’s charity Kids Company really planning to send a mobile scanner to examine tearaways’ brains? Yes and no, says the charity’s founder.