Glyn Robbins

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    Biden’s feel-good State of the Union rhetoric can’t disguise the deep divides in US society

Biden’s feel-good State of the Union rhetoric can’t disguise the deep divides in US society

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Following President Biden’s first State of the Union address this week, Glyn Robbins writes that while the speech had touches of authenticity and empathy towards the struggles of working-class people, Biden’s inability to push his policy agenda forward means his words are ultimately empty.

In-between innumerable standing ovations (I stopped counting at 40!), President Biden’s State of the Union on […]

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    The tragedies of Twin Parks and Grenfell are reminders that housing has become a matter of life or death for millions.

The tragedies of Twin Parks and Grenfell are reminders that housing has become a matter of life or death for millions.

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On January 9th, 17 people lost their lives in a fire at the Twin Parks apartment block in the Bronx in New York City. Glyn Robbins draws parallels between this tragedy and the 2017 Grenfell Tower fire in London. He writes that policies of private sector provision of affordable housing on both sides of the Atlantic have failed – […]

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    If the Democrats fail in their plans to Build Back Better, Americans may turn back to Trump.

If the Democrats fail in their plans to Build Back Better, Americans may turn back to Trump.

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President Joe Biden came into office with a plan to “Build Back Better” following the COVID-19 pandemic and four years of the Trump presidency. A key part of this agenda is a $3.5 trillion spending plan covering affordable and public housing, infrastructure, childcare, and measures to tackle climate change. Glyn Robbins writes that success for Biden’s spending plan in […]

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    A summer of unease and uncertainty for New York City’s housing politics

A summer of unease and uncertainty for New York City’s housing politics

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In many cases the COVID-19 pandemic has accentuated existing inequalities and threats experienced by those in low income communities. Reporting from New York City, Glyn Robbins looks at the city’s politics of homelessness and eviction in light of the pandemic. He writes that despite local measures like the city’s extended eviction ban, leadership on housing policy ultimately needs to […]

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