For diehards only: I gave a talk last week to a meeting of Common Weal and the Scottish Unemployed Workers’ Network, in Dundee. It was filmed, and the film has been put up on Youtube. The stuff I was covering will have a short shelf life. It’s conceivable that you may have something more exciting to do with your day.
Further note, 25th July. In the course of this talk, I refer to the Irish problem – that Northern Ireland, despite having full devolution of powers relating to social security for the best part of a century, was still being subject to direction from the Treasury and the DWP. It’s just been reported that the UK government proposes to introduce the two-child limit in Universal Credit to Northern Ireland, along with the ‘rape clause’. The principle at work seems to be that if there is no operative government in Northern Ireland, the UK government is free to do as it thinks fit. The government really doesn’t understand devolution at all, and this is another illustration.