Social policy

Shaming social policies inflict severe harms - together we can change our culture to bring about a more compassionate, caring, and just Ireland
The fallout from the 2017 general election continues. Politics seems to be veering off the radar, with the government directionless
One public policy strand which has remained consistent over the years, irrespective of which party is in government, is the
Over the twenty-some intervening years, I have begun to wonder how many such socially inept policies vandalised the spaces in which people within similar communities across the nation were able to come together, and in so doing, created the conditions for holes to form within the fabric of human connection.
Yes, we're all individuals, but we can't escape the inextricable truth that we're social beings too. The relationships and connections we create and maintain with those around us are intimately bound to who we are, who we become and, importantly, how we see ourselves.
The Destitution Report is an important step towards understanding the severe impact of poverty in the UK, but we could do much more to identify the scale of the problem and to progress in tackling it.
I would like to change the conversation, moving to a point when people ask for what they need to perform relevant activities that allows them to meet their outcomes. In the spirit of 'best value', they may need to explain why one more expensive solution is better able to meet their needs to deliver outcomes than a cheaper solution.
The sun and all its goodness is essentially a free gift of nature. Harnessing its energy however, can be an expensive affair
If Greece decides -- as it did -- to end austerity and solve its humanitarian crisis, then there is no reason the Greek government cannot issue credit to this end. But there is absolutely no basis for anyone to retort, "how can it be funded?"
I'm currently rereading Catch 22 and, in doing so, have come to realise that the Smith Commission on Scottish devolution - which meets on October 22 for the first time - finds itself in a position with certain parallels to that of Captain Yossarian in his efforts to avoid military service...