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Posts tagged "Cost of Living"
The fleeting solidarities of the pandemic?

The fleeting solidarities of the pandemic?

Click the play button on the sound file below.  It is the sound of the street in Aberdeen where I live recorded on April 2nd2020.  I recorded the soundfile during the weekly Clap for Carers event, where the dedication of... More…
Uncertainty, Polarisation and COVID

Uncertainty, Polarisation and COVID

Uncertainty has become a staple of day to day life across the world in the past two years.  The COVID-19 pandemic has introduced uncertainty into all aspects of life, affecting our interactions with others, our work and home lives and... More…
The Richer, The Poorer

The Richer, The Poorer

Lansley, S. (2021) The Richer, The Poorer – How Britain Enriched the Few and Failed the Poor A 200 Year History, Bristol, Policy Press. You might think that someone who starts a book with a quote from singer/songwriter Leonard Cohen like,... More…
An unpatriotic agitation? Public health versus the right to health

An unpatriotic agitation? Public health versus the right to health

Since the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in 1948, medical ethics has incorporated a duty to protect human rights, while rights to a minimum standard of health and access to health care have been successively articulated and elaborated. One recent... More…
Why Public Health Initiatives & Legislation Need to Engage with Fat Food Justice

Why Public Health Initiatives & Legislation Need to Engage with Fat Food Justice

Food justice is a movement which confronts the various problems around food (in)access and hunger, along with oppression in different stages of food systems. Attention to structural barriers like poverty, racialization, and environmental degradation are foundations of the movement’s work.... More…
Help-seeking: where’s the help?

Help-seeking: where’s the help?

Please note: This piece contains mentions of self-harm and suicide When I [Veronica] present my work, I often begin with statistics highlighting the disparity between the prevalence of self-harm and rates of help-seeking. It often feels that this disparity communicates... More…
Criminalising nitrous oxide users is no laughing matter if it distracts from more serious drug problems

Criminalising nitrous oxide users is no laughing matter if it distracts from more serious drug problems

In England and Wales, it is not illegal to possess nitrous oxide – but that could soon change. The UK’s home secretary, Priti Patel, has asked her scientific advisers to review the evidence on the harm associated with its use.... More…
Quarantine diary

Quarantine diary

Ahead of the annual pilgrimage to our country of birth, my family and I have to undertake a new set of rituals.  The country formerly known as Great Britain has (belatedly) introduced a set of requirements to keep the COVID-19... More…
Time and again? Temporality & public health

Time and again? Temporality & public health

One thing that has struck me during the days and months since 23rd March 2020 has been how time has simultaneously slowed down and sped up. Or, more specifically, the passage of time has both sped up and slowed down.... More…
Why policy makers and scientists are always wrong about obesity

Why policy makers and scientists are always wrong about obesity

A recent article that we wrote raises a number of important questions about obesity. Why do policy attempts to control obesity fail? Why do scientists ask the wrong questions about obesity? Why does searching for single causes of the so-called... More…
Food first – a new approach to food trauma

Food first – a new approach to food trauma

We help to run a Food Support charity on the South Coast of England. When we were applying for funding, our fundraiser asked us to give him an estimate of local food insecurity in our town, Worthing. Estimations of food... More…
Scandi noir or Nordic utopia? State mental health care in Scandinavia

Scandi noir or Nordic utopia? State mental health care in Scandinavia

In the UK, we tend to be horrified at the lack of state mental health provision in the US: My biggest hang-up isn’t even the orange nightmare you’ve somehow let into the White House—it’s the fact you seem totally fine... More…