"... The Big Society is part of the attempt by Cameron to place social values into the centre of Conservative doctrine after decades of focus on economic individualism ..."
"... People are happier when they live, work and play among others whom they trust. When social time and trust are higher, positive emotions become more frequent, and negative ones less likely ..."
"... The state can no longer deliver its role as co-parent alongside the primary carer at this time of economic decline. And worse, with economic decline comes an increased birth rate and increased deprivation among children. Either mothers are going to be subjected to even more unbearable pressures, or we are going to have to find another way forward ..."
"... The 8.5m tonnes of food wasted in the UK annually is one feature of what Julie Hill, in her book The Secret Life of Stuff, defines as a “linear economy” - an economy in which resources are extracted, used to produce, consumed and turned into waste. Arthur’s response is amazingly simple – to cook and sell the produce that would have been thrown away ..."
"... The Haldane-May ecological analogy does not actually tell us much about the mechanism by which instability spreads across the system. We believe that a more useful conceptual framework for the sudden collapse of the financial system is one that draws on the physical sciences to look at the correlated nature of networks ..."
"... The experience of the National Government also highlights what can be achieved through coalition politics. Far from being weak and being forced to act based on the lowest common denominator, the national government was highly successful ..."
"... There is something both deeply revealing and depressingly wrong about the language here. It may sound insignificant, but it’s the lingo of Whitehall and Westminster, the discourse of top-down government that assumes policy initiatives will be initiated within the usual circles of power and influence and systematically ‘delivered’ to the likes of you and me ..."
"... Forest privitisation. Price competition in the NHS. NHS Direct. Free milk. Housing benefits. The 1922 Committee. Anonymity for men accused of rape. School sports. Debt advice funding. A google search of UK news for the past month alone turns up 2500 articles that use the word “U-turn” ..."
"... 5 people living together use, on average, less electricity and gas than 2 people do living alone, whilst their water use and waste production are the same as three single person households. Naturally people also take up less land when they live together ..."
"... The differences between MPs’/parties’ weighted votes would always have the virtue of exactly reflecting the preferences of all voters ..."
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