Friday 23 February 2018

Basic incomes for all would end the welfare poverty trap and give people greater control of their lives

Cartoonist: Ken Lee
Cartoonist: Ken Lee

Willie O'Dea

We should not be surprised when, after almost a decade of uncertainty and insecurity, people seek out some form - any form - of certainty and stability.

While we may justifiably decry the Brexit and Trump results as examples of false hope, we must not ignore the real lessons of these results and the pain and despair that partially underpins them.

The people most hurt by the economic downturn are still hurting. They hear about recovery, they even see it around them, but they do not feel it in their own lives. It is not just that they don't feel the recovery, it is that their day-to-day reality is as precarious and uncertain as it was five or six years ago. They feel there is no bottom line below which they cannot slip.

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