Simon Duffy

Thoughts, Bemusements & Arguments

Simon Duffy

Thoughts, Bemusements & Arguments

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Our Citizenship

Our Citizenship

14th January 2021

A poem to honour the work of PFG Doncaster - the home of true peer support - and a community that knows that "our citizenship begins the moment that we claim it."

Food Banks or Basic Income

Food Banks or Basic Income

17th June 2020

The Church needs to embrace Basic Income or be complicit with social injustice.

Colonialism 3.0

Colonialism 3.0

7th May 2020

The UK is subject to colonial-style rule by its own leaders.

Citizenship and Basic Income

Citizenship and Basic Income

1st May 2020

Thoughts on basic income and citizenship.

If the Game is Fixed - Change the Rules

If the Game is Fixed - Change the Rules

30th December 2019

We should treat he results GE2019 as a severe emergency demanding radical action.

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.

What is Heaven?

What is Heaven?

18th June 2018

The Great Divorce by CS Lewis is a profound reflection on life after death.

What Welcome Means

What Welcome Means

17th June 2018

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

Social Care Car Crash

Social Care Car Crash

16th June 2018

Why are the severity of the cuts to social care so hard to communicate?

A Socialist Response to Austerity

A Socialist Response to Austerity

16th May 2018

Barnsley offers us hope of a community that commits to equal citizenship.

How Relevant is the Communist Manifesto Today?

How Relevant is the Communist Manifesto Today?

27th March 2018

The Communist Manifesto is is 170 years old. It is still relevant?

Welfare State as Wicked Stepmother

Welfare State as Wicked Stepmother

23rd March 2018

It's not the nanny state we've got to worry about; it's something far worse.

Where on Earth is Our Welfare State?

Where on Earth is Our Welfare State?

23rd March 2018

A poem on local democracy and welfare.

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

Inequality feeds a false sense of superiority on the part of the powerful.

Interview on Universal Credit

Interview on Universal Credit

11th October 2017

My perspective on the 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 not in accordance with the principles of Matthew 20:1-16.

Welfare, the Common Good and UBI

Welfare, the Common Good and UBI

20th September 2017

Reclaiming the Common Good explores how and why society we lost our way.

Australia’s Pride, England’s Shame

Australia’s Pride, England’s Shame

13th September 2017

There is a stark contrast between promising reforms in Australia and radical reversals in the England.

Equality - The Kind That Really Matters

Equality - The Kind That Really Matters

14th July 2017

Status is not a zero-sum game. It is possible to live in a world where people are valued equally.

Why Welfare Reform is Wicked

Why Welfare Reform is Wicked

3rd May 2017

The term 'welfare reform' disguises a harmful attack on our rights and well-being.

What Do We Believe?

What Do We Believe?

10th April 2017

It is time to assert our equality, the value of our diversity and the need for citizenship.