Soundings

Articles from No. 64, Fall

After Brexit: We Invited a Range of Contributors to Reflect on the European Referendum Results - Its Specific Implications for Particular Places and Communities and Its Wider Ramifications for the Future of British Politics
The quest for a 'better' sense Marina Prentoulis Theresa May's recent 'hard' Brexit rhetoric and determination to trigger article 50 by March 2017 are in sharp contrast to Phillip Hammond's attempt to 'soften' the economic implications of Brexit...
A Tale of Three Disputes: Junior Doctors against the Government 2015-2016: The Junior Doctors' Strike May Be over, but the Issues It Revealed Will Not Go Away
In November 2015 junior doctors in the National Health Service in England voted to take strike action if the government did not change its mind about a new contract, which had been debated for the previous two years. Just over 37,000 junior doctor...
Beyond Mere Equality - a Politics of Class Analysis Not 'Evidence': The Fairness Agenda Has Little to Say on the Underlying Causes of Inequality
Richard Wilkinson and Kate Pickett's The Spirit Level (Penguin 2010), which --to quote its subtitle--seeks to demonstrate 'why equality is better for everyone', has attracted enormous attention since its publication. Their work has been a key element...
Critical Times
The September 2016 re-election of Jeremy Corbyn as Labour leader, with a renewed and increased mandate, was a significant political event, which should not be overshadowed by recent electoral successes by the populist right. On the contrary, these...
Living the Crisis through Ten Moments: A Story Told in Ten Moments
Moment One He is five years old. He is happy. Technically, he is not five just yet. He is four and a half, as he likes to tell people. But in his mind he is five--then, he thinks, he will be taken seriously Five is when you start primary school...
'Of Course We Do': Inequality, the Family, and the Spell of Social Mobility: Families Play a Very Important Role in Preserving Social Immobility
A striking feature of the recent rekindling of debates about grammar schools is how readily the priority of social mobility is pushed, across the political spectrum. Left and right will disagree about whether grammar schools promote it, but the notion...
Poems about Migration
I've written twenty-eight poems as dramatic monologues in my late grandmother's strong German accent, as a way of exploring many themes: home, London, war, death, relationships ... Inklisch Rekortdinks allowed me to look through her particular refugee...
Public Ownership and Alternative Political Imaginations
One of the currently most pressing tasks for the left is to come up with alternatives to neoliberalism that can inspire and shape new political constituencies and support. This roundtable discussion draws together four contributions that seek to do...
The English NHS: From Market Failure to Trust, Professionalism and Democracy: The Third Instalment of Our Soundings Futures Series Analyses the Problems in the NHS and Offers Some Solutions
In the summer of 2016 the fate of the NHS in England hung in the balance. The funding squeeze imposed by George Osborne had reached a point where it was clear that services were not being made more efficient--as government rhetoric persisted in maintaining--but...
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