Would the policy’s own success make funding it through income tax impossible?
Doctor Who is not becoming more “politically correct”, but it is becoming more confident in opening up a debate, just as the West Wing did 15 years ago.
For such a simple idea, Basic Income has a complex web of alternative names. Here are some of the other names for Basic Income, including Universal Basic Income and Citizen’s Income, plus a quick guide to what is and what isn’t BI.
Far from an aberration, Universal Basic Income would be part of a proud British tradition, and critics should stop pretending otherwise. Like services, universal payments have proved an important part of British political culture.
Up to now, suggestions for Universal Basic Services have been anything but universal. We take a look at what a genuinely universal Universal Basic Services would look like.
Universal Basic Services is a good group of policies lumped together under a misleading name – compared to the transformative potential and simplicity of Universal Basic Income it cannot compete in its current form.
Scotland has put its constitutional questions behind it for the time being to focus on truly radical ideas that could improve the lives of its people. From Holyrood to the grassroots, new ideas offer exciting possibilities.
Universal Basic Income and Basic Tax Control are two sides of the same coin: one empowers people to make the most of their lives, while the other gives them the chance to participate in running their country.
Given Hamon’s radical forward-thinking, it’s baffling that two of his flagship policies contradict each other so conspicuously.
As people around the world react against complex systems, simplicity is key. And a universal basic income couldn’t be simpler.