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 Secretary to Citizen Network: a global cooperative to achieve a world where everyone matters.

Essays, thoughts, poems, prayers and quotes:


Food Banks or Basic Income

Food Banks or Basic Income

17th June 2020

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

7th May 2020

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

1st May 2020

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

30th December 2019

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

10th September 2018

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

The True Source of Our Security

The True Source of Our Security

17th August 2018

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

19th June 2018

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?

18th June 2018

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

18th June 2018

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

Social Care Car Crash

Social Care Car Crash

16th June 2018

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

16th May 2018

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?

27th March 2018

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

23rd March 2018

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?

23rd March 2018

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

2nd March 2018

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

Why Inequality Drives Me Crazy

Why Inequality Drives Me Crazy

13th January 2018

I wrote this blog for The Equality Trust and as a contribution to the international Day of Action on 25th January 2018.

Interview on Universal Credit

Interview on Universal Credit

11th October 2017

I was recently interviewed by occupy.com about Universal Credit. Here's my perspective on the next unfolding disaster of Tory (non) welfare reform.

The Kingdom of Heaven and Universal Credit

The Kingdom of Heaven and Universal Credit

3rd October 2017

Universal Credit is certainly not in accordance with the principles described in Matthew 20:1-16

Welfare, the Common Good and UBI

Welfare, the Common Good and UBI

20th September 2017

My friend Virginia Moffatt recently edited a collection of essays called Reclaiming the Common Good which explores the way that society, in so many ways, seems to have lost its way.

Australia’s Pride, England’s Shame

13th September 2017

How Australia is taking the lead in disability rights and social care I have just returned from 3 weeks in Australia where I have been working with disability advocates, families and support organisations. The…

Equality - The Kind That Really Matters

14th July 2017

or why status is not a zero-sum game This essay jumps headfirst into a complex debate which deserves a more careful set of introductory comments. However, I am pressed for time, and so I merely want to offer a few…

Why Welfare Reform is Wicked

3rd May 2017

The term welfare reform might naturally suggest improvements in welfare systems. However the term is usually, although not always, used by those who have a negative view of the welfare state and who propose…

What Do We Believe?

10th April 2017

Many of us believe in justice, and we try and work for justice. But sometimes the “long arc of history” seems a very distant hope. For those of us who work to advance disability rights we see the tide of negative…

Tilting at Windmills or Radical Hope

27th March 2017

Did racism drive Brexit? What's really going on in the post-industrial towns, villages and cities where support for Brexit blossomed?