They say that ours is the age of information. Libraries gave us power. But now, the forces of neoliberalism are trying
to take it away. In Bradford, a group of radical librarians
gathered to discuss how to defend and extend the openness of one of our
most important institutions..
Too many environmental activists try to persuade people about climate change by dazzling them with research of the intergovernmental panel. But psychological research shows this approach is doomed to fail. Ignoring that work isn't very scientific.
The government claims it will force the NHS to be more open, ending gagging clauses and encouraging transparancy. But how many of these measures will apply to the private sector now taking over much of our healthcare?
Ed Ball's commitment to 25 hours a week free childcare is to be welcomed. But it fails to get to the core of a sexist economy which relies on care work being done for free 24 hours a day. Fiona Ranford makes the feminist case for a Basic Income.
Ketamine is often perceived as a novelty drug which seems to have emerged out of nowhere with a catastrophic set of health and social consequences. Instead of repeating the mistake of further criminalising its users, the Government is urged to take a more enlightened approach to the growing ketamine crisis.
Paying billions in tax revenues, the City would surely be an asset to any country. Wouldn't it? A new book, The Finance Curse, argues that far from being a "golden
goose", having an oversized financial sector is seriously damaging to an
and the British state are mutually embedded to the point that it can be hard to
tell where one stops and the other starts. Here, Tamasin Cave of Spinwatch gives
us a brief tour of the tangled web that is public life in the UK.
A public health professional in Kent has been threatened with disciplinary action following an interview with a local radio station where she mentioned that some of the local council's pension fund is invested in tobacco companies.