A Blog About Health In Times Of Austerity

Posts tagged "Inequality"
Pile the bodies high: a policy led by science or led by donkeys?

Pile the bodies high

The UK government always claimed their response to COVID-19 was “led by science”. As both government and the science community descend into a quagmire of public spats, what can we learn about the dangers of coupling politics with science? The... More…
Whose suffering matters to Rishi Sunak? Reduced foreign aid in a pandemic era

Whose suffering matters to Rishi Sunak? Reduced foreign aid in a pandemic era

A billion-pound cut from the UK’s international development budget in his new spending review, reducing aid down from 0.7% to 0.5% of its Gross Domestic Product (GDP) because of the COVID pandemic is both short-sighted and ill-advised. More…
In it together or socially distant?

In it together or socially distant?

COVID-19 is presented as an equal opportunities virus.  It does not discriminate and can strike down anyone on an almost random basis.  Witness the Insta postings by Madonna speaking from a rose petal filled bath and by David Geffen aboard... More…
A room without books...

A room without books…

“A room without books is like a body without a soul.” Marcus Tullius Cicero Reading books is good for our health.  Particularly our mental health.  Alongside improving literacy, knowledge about the world around us, emotional intelligence and providing relaxation, studies suggest... More…
Why no talk of an inequality emergency?

Why no talk of an inequality emergency?

We hear much talk now of a climate emergency.  As I was revising a talk I give frequently on ‘global health in an unequal world’, I realised that there is no talk of an inequality emergency, either globally or close... More…
International Women's Day 2019

International Women’s Day 2019

International women’s day is celebrated on the 8th March every year. The day has its origins with the Socialist Party of America that organised a women’s day in February 1909, followed by the suggestion of an annual day. On March 8,... More…
Public troubles and private lives – how could ‘iHomecare’ be the answer to the social care crisis?

Public troubles and private lives – how could ‘iHomecare’ be the answer to the social care crisis?

There is a permanent contradiction in the sphere of health and social care in that one person’s home is another person’s workplace, such that people’s private lives are intertwined with public responses to those lives (i.e. the state provision of... More…
The Only Way We’ll Get Change Is Through Involving People In Change

The Only Way We’ll Get Change Is Through Involving People In Change

All the evidence suggests that current social policy is failing miserably. It is increasing poverty and inequality, undermining social cohesion and personal relations, spreading insecurity and damaging and stigmatising some of the most marginalised groups in society, like disabled people... More…
Brexit and its discontents

Brexit and its discontents

Many of us will have sat stunned on the morning of Friday 24th June wondering how Great Britain could have committed such a blatant act of self-harm by voting to leave the European Union. At one turn jeopardising our human... More…
On euphemism & sheer cloudy vagueness: the case of tax credits

On euphemism & sheer cloudy vagueness: the case of tax credits

In his celebrated essay Politics and the English Language, Orwell talks about politicians calculated use of purposively vague language. Last week’s vote on tax credit reform, if you listen to Tory commentators, has precipitated a constitutional crisis in the UK.... More…
Social policy and austerity outcomes

Social policy and austerity outcomes

It has been argued that sociologists should ‘catch up’ with behavioural scientists and get more involved in trials of social policy, engaging in a culture of ‘experimental government’. I would be the first to agree that we could develop a... More…
Disability and austerity

Disability and austerity

In the aftermath of the financial crisis of 2008, disabled people in the UK have been hit disproportionately hard by austerity. Austerity measures have had a strong impact on economic redistribution, in terms of widening income inequalities between disabled and... More…