Read about The Spirit Level, a book by Richard G. Wilkinson and Kate Pickett which argues that greater equality makes life better for everyone.


Social mobility: new reporting coming but what is the real objective?

The phrase “social mobility” is one I still don’t like. It is too much like that other inside-politics phrase “street furniture”. … Read the full post »


The Challenge of Affluence

Avner Offer’s The Challenge of Affluence starts with certainty and ends with doubt. “Affluence breeds impatience, and impatience undermines well-being”, states Offer at the start of Chapter 1. That theme runs through the book to his conclusion, but the lessons he draws from it are not as simple or confidently stated. … Read the full post »