On the Mainly Macro blog, Simon Wren-Lewis writes about the media failing to reflect overwhelming consensus views, such as that low productivity growth is a serious cause for concern, instead portraying them as just ‘one perspective’. He argues that the media should put the news in context rather than insisting ‘on giving Luddites equal space‘.
Recent surveys have showed changing attitudes in England with more people self-identifying as English rather than British. On the PSA blog, Charlie Jeffery, Roger Scully & Richard Wyn Jones discuss the significance of this emerging trend and the importance of its politicisation.
On the Inequalities blog, Ben Baumberg and Lindsey Macmillan pick apart a paper that purports to show causality in the welfare dependency hypothesis; that people whose parents are on welfare are more likely to be claimants themselves. They claim that a thorough examination of the data used may flip this thesis on its head, arguing instead that ‘it’s plausible that generous welfare systems actually help cement a commitment to work’.
There has long been a consensus that the UK housing supply needs to be expanded. Nick Pearce, writing on the IPPR website, explores why there has been so little progress and how to overcome the inertia of the major actors involved.
On OpenDemocracy, William Davies explores how Neoliberalism ‘is now being subtly reinvented, in ways that take account of the social nature of the individual.’