Chancellor of the Common Good

Chancellor of the Common Good

This afternoon, the Chancellor of the Exchequer set out his plans to invest in ‘common goods’. This intriguing phrase sums up the proper pursuit of government: a commitment to support the private associations that make us safe, happy and free.  The principal...
What is ‘covenantal’ policy making?

What is ‘covenantal’ policy making?

Yesterday’s ‘Opposition Day’ debate in Parliament on ‘Working People’s Finances’ saw members from across the house consider how best to relieve financial pressure on households as we see the costs of living rise. Naturally, many MPs raised benefits and subsidies as...
Mary asks Mumsnet: How can I win as a mother?

Mary asks Mumsnet: How can I win as a mother?

Our advisory board member, Mary Harrington, wrote a guest blog for Mumsnet. “you can’t win as a mother. If you’re not being judged for staying with your baby, you’re being judged for not leaning in.” Read it here
Stop hedging, start marrying

Stop hedging, start marrying

My grandmother was in many ways an unconventional woman, but having been at different times a doctor, a farmer, and a single mother, she was never less than pragmatic. On one of my regular visits to her care home, in my mid-twenties, she said to me out of the blue:...
We need to support the household economy

We need to support the household economy

The word ‘economy’ comes from the Greek ‘oikos’ meaning, household. But currently, too often policy makes the home as uncomfortable, expensive, and pointless as possible. Ultimately, our systems of tax, benefits and subsidies are a result of political choices which...