We could end homelessness. But the Tories choose not to | Abi Wilkinson | Opinion | The Guardian

When the Tories decided to cut local council budgets, it was inevitable that housing support services would suffer. When they entirely removed housing benefit from 18- to 21-year-olds, it was certain that young people would be forced on to the streets. When they opted to impose an arbitrary cap on the maximum amount a household can receive in welfare, it was housing benefit that was cut. Never mind that the money goes straight into landlords’ pockets and tenants are not responsible for sky-high rents. Never mind that families with young children were sure to be forced out of their homes as a result.

Source: We could end homelessness. But the Tories choose not to | Abi Wilkinson | Opinion | The Guardian

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Labour, Europe, Redemption (part 1): Beyond constructive ambiguity

One arrow on the signpost at the fork says Brexit-on-Regret, and I happen to know there’s another fork a bit further down which swings off and away from Brexit altogether. I am ok to go that way with Jeremy, even though I know it’s rough and may lead to punctures.

The other signpost says Brexit-by-Stupid, with a further plate below saying “No immigrants this way”. If he chooses that way, I’m not going with him. My dad was a keen rider, and he wouldn’t have gone that way either.

Source: Labour, Europe, Redemption (part 1): Beyond constructive ambiguity

mainly macro: Lexit

When I use the term [neoliberalism], it is to signal a project that in various ways subordinates the state to the market. Yet we are told that the EU had neoliberalism hardwired into it. The EU is fundamentally about trade liberalisation, not about the role of the state. It is trade liberalism that is hardwired into the EU, not neoliberalism.

Source: mainly macro: Lexit