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Review: Sofa surfing with Speech Debelle Special

If you haven't heard of Speech Debelle, she is that rarest of creatures, a rapper with brains. In this programme however, she finds nothing to sing about as she follows other people down the same path she trod ten years ago.

Op-Ed: Iain Duncan Smith and the fantasy of making work 'always' pay

Everyone agrees the benefit system in the UK is a total mess. The man appointed to sort it out thinks he has the answer, but Iain Duncan Smith doesn't even understand what is the real problem.

Op-Ed: Milton Friedman - an appraisal five years after his death

The free market economist Milton Friedman died November 16, 2006; he was awarded the 1976 Nobel Prize for Economics, but how do his ideas shape up today?

Op-Ed: How bonuses pay and benefits don't

Yesterday, it was reported that the European Parliament was planning to curb the bonuses being paid to bank staff, while a guest on a BBC news programme explained how benefit claimants are stuck in the poverty trap.

Op-Ed: Why we need more not less ‘unemployment’

The trade unions, the Opposition, and even the Coalition Government make a lot of noise about job protection and job creation, the reality is that Britain and all advanced nations need fewer jobs, not more.

Op-Ed: The unemployed and the unemployable

Hull - A brief, partial review of two recent BBC Television programmes, and some comment on the issues raised therein relating to petty offenders, poverty and social exclusion.

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A food line in Canada during the Great Depression; 8 decades on  the hungry  and indeed the homeless...
A food line in Canada during the Great Depression; 8 decades on, the hungry, and indeed the homeless are still with us.
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