Simon Duffy

Thoughts, Bemusements & Arguments

Simon Duffy

Thoughts, Bemusements & Arguments

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Simon is a philosopher and activist. He is Director of the Centre for Welfare Reform and a member of Citizen Network: a global cooperative to achieve a world where everyone matters.

In this blog Simon publishes political, religious and philosophical writings.


Latest articles from the blog

Food Banks or Basic Income

Food Banks or Basic Income

The Church needs to embrace the idea of Basic Income unless it is going to become increasingly complicit with an unjust social and economic system.

Colonialism 3.0

Colonialism 3.0

Did the British Empire die or did colonialism just come back home? Growing regional disparities demonstrate that the UK's rulers are not concerned with the welfare of most of its citizens.

Citizenship and Basic Income

Citizenship and Basic Income

Thoughts on basic income, citizenship and why we need a welfare system that works for everyone.

If the Game is Fixed - Change the Rules

If the Game is Fixed - Change the Rules

As Greta Thunberg says: panic is the rational response to a real emergency. The results of the GE2019 are such an emergency.

Why a New Centre Party Will Fail

Why a New Centre Party Will Fail

Efforts to build a new centre party are doomed to failure.

The True Source of Our Security

The True Source of Our Security

True security can only be found in a community of citizens who honour their obligations to each other.

George MacDonald on Heaven and Plurality

George MacDonald on Heaven and Plurality

George MacDonald (1824-1905) was a Christian who wrote novels, poetry, sermons and fairy tales. Here are a few interesting quotes.

What is Heaven?

What is Heaven?

The Great Divorce by C S Lewis is a wonderful thought piece on the subject of what will happen after death. Lewis delights in taking worries or philosophical problems and turning them on their heads.

What Welcome Means

What Welcome Means

A poem - on the meaning of welcome - for Refugee Week

Social Care Car Crash

Social Care Car Crash

It's been hard to get people to understand how severe the cuts to social care (children and adults) have been in England.

A Socialist Response to Austerity

A Socialist Response to Austerity

Austerity has been severe and unjustified and it has targeted the poorest people and the poorest places. It has also targeted local government. What is the socialist alternative? Barnsley gives us some good clues.

How Relevant is the Communist Manifesto Today?

How Relevant is the Communist Manifesto Today?

The Communist Manifesto, written by Karl Marx and Frederick Engels, was first published in 1848 - that is 170 years ago. In many ways it remains relevant today.

Welfare State as Wicked Stepmother

Welfare State as Wicked Stepmother

One dream of the welfare state is that the welfare state is like a Fairy Godmother, kind and wise, but that Godmother has turned into the Wicked Stepmother.

Where on Earth is Our Welfare State?

Where on Earth is Our Welfare State?

Where is our welfare state? Is it here or somewhere else?

Top 10 Tory Injustices: The Price of Austerity

Top 10 Tory Injustices: The Price of Austerity

A summary of some of the leading crimes and injustices of Tory Austerity.