Why Jacob Rees-Mogg is Still Smiling

At first glance, it seems that it might not have been a very good week for JRM. Especially after reclinergate. Certainly, the media are generally assuming that last week went badly for the Tory party – losing the vote in both houses, dropping 21 MPs, the brother of the PM and a cabinet minister doesn’t […]

Fox News

In a remarkable article in Thursday’s Evening Standard, Liam Fox made a persuasive case for the facts to be brought into political discourse – but not in the way he intended. The article was headed, “the Tories must be brave enough to tell hard truths to voters.” And Fox proved his point with an extraordinary […]

Understanding the Coup

This is a transcript of the 99% Launch presentation at the IPPR on Tuesday, 3 September 2019. Understanding the Coup A week ago, I thought I had my presentation ready. I thought my job was to show you some facts about mass impoverishment, to explain what will happen if current trends continue and to persuade […]

How To Make a Killing from Brexit

This note is satire, not investment advice. If you are not already following the strategies it sets out, you are unlikely to make money by doing so now. But you ought to know what others are doing. The Prime Minister said last month that a no-deal Brexit was a “massive economic opportunity.” All serious analysts […]

Should we Blame the Boomers?

The story is very familiar: millennials are struggling, and it is the fault of the Baby Boomers. As Yvonne Roberts put it in The Guardian, “The post-war generation, now retiring in luxury, stands accused of a wilful failure to safeguard young people’s interests…’baby boomer’ is a toxic phrase, shorthand for greed and selfishness, for denying […]

Can We Tackle Climate Change And End Mass Impoverishment?

Many people have the sense that our current system just isn’t working. The urgency of tackling climate change is becoming ever more obvious. Most people are poorer now than they were in 2007, and with the real possibility of a no-deal Brexit, they fear that they may become poorer still. And vital national institutions like […]

A No-Deal Brexit is a Vulture Policy Without a Mandate

Brexit is complicated. There are only three options – no Brexit (Remain), Brexit with a deal and no-deal Brexit – but each option is flawed. Remain has economic attractions, but there is no mandate for it; Brexit with a deal limits the downside and does have a mandate but has little political support. Only one […]

99% on TalkRADIO

Here is Mark E Thomas being interviewed by TalkRADIO’s Paul Ross. Paul found the book, “Fascinating and Inspirational”  

Do we have a problem of mass impoverishment in the UK?

Opinions clearly vary. Professor Philip Alston, United Nations special rapporteur on extreme poverty commented of the UK, “14 million people, a fifth of the population, live in poverty. Four million of these are more than 50% below the poverty line,1 and 1.5 million are destitute, unable to afford basic essentials.2 The widely respected Institute for […]

Was Austerity Necessary?

Even to ask the question seems absurd. We all know the answer: we have heard it so many times. As David Cameron put it, “To every mother, father, grandparent, uncle, aunt – I would ask this question.  When you look at the children you love, do you want to land them with a legacy of […]