We still believe

By Freddie Fforde

We still believe is sparked by the sense that people and politics have become dangerously out of touch but that the game isn't over yet. It is a place to channel the frustration with polarisation and populism in to something productive, to understand what is going on around us and to do somethin... Read more

We still believe is sparked by the sense that people and politics have become dangerously out of touch but that the game isn't over yet. It is a place to channel the frustration with polarisation and populism in to something productive, to understand what is going on around us and to do something about it.

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#15・

We still believe - Issue #15 - Christmas podcast edition

The passing of Paddy Ashdown, himself raised in Northern Ireland, this week was a terrible end to a difficult year. In most tributes, he is pictured smiling or laughing for a reason. His energy was incredible, as was his foresight, popularity and good humour.…

 
#14・

We still believe - Issue #14 - one of those days

“It’s a febrile atmosphere here at Westminster… out in the country, there’s fear” – BBC news anchorIt appears, at the time of writing, that we're on the cusp of a Brexit deal that nobody agrees with. Over an energetic day, Westminster has erupted with hot air…

 
#13・

We still believe - Issue #13

When Michel Barnier laid out his negotiating priorities, his top three were a financial settlement, citizens' rights... and the Irish border. This article in the NY review of books is an excellent primer to the politics of Northern Ireland, and to the related…

 
#12・

We still believe - Issue #12

The paranoia about robots destroying all jobs seems to be calming down a bit. This is covered extensively in Azeem Azhar's recent Exponential View, which includes a comprehensive World Economic Forum report that we will see a net increase in jobs... but only …

 
#11・

We still believe - Issue #11

I'm afraid the consensus message I picked up on this trip is not good. It's the first time I've visited since Trump and the message has hammered home - this country is not a great place to look for moral or political leadership today. It's probably a function…

 
#10・

We still believe - Issue #10

The Liberal Democrats market themselves as the party of Europe (for clear and consistent ideological reasons). But at the conference last week, there was a lot of energy discussing 'what next' - for the leadership, the membership and for the intellectual move…

 
#9・

We still believe - Issue #9 - The party's over

Speculation about splits and the formation of a new party have been rolling since at least the election of Jeremy Corbyn as leader, already two years ago now. A lot of political chatter comes and goes but what sticks about the 'new party' narrative, apart fro…

 
#8・

We still believe - Issue #8 - Learn me

My friend James and I were exploring each other's views on the abolition of private education over the weekend. In some ways this is a niche debate, with so few families able to consider this option. But given the disproportionate representation of privately …

 
#7・

We still believe - Issue #7 - Out of work

The 'Future of Work' has enjoyed buzzword celebrity status over the last year or so. The best summary definition I've found is here.I think of it as capturing three major themes:The deconstruction of linear career paths, driven in large part by the economic f…

 
#6・

We still believe - Issue #6 - 'Who are you?'

Trust, and the clamour for authenticity, have become critical battlegrounds, tightly tied to the perceptions of an elite class that make decisions 'away' from us. This is in some ways incredibly demonstrated by the man who promised to 'drain the swamp'. Trump…

 
#5・

We still believe - Issue #5 - London ≠ Britain

The new themes will explore a constructive vision for a liberal, positive and progressive alternative to the mess we have today. The aim is to stimulate debate, get you thinking and encourage your contributions to develop the discussion. I don't claim to be a…

 
#4・

We still believe - Issue #4

The existential threat of technology to liberal values is partly captured by the term 'Surveillance Capitalism', which I've recently discovered (forthcoming book). This usually describes data harvesting for business but the role of citizens, their data and th…

 
#3・

We still believe - Issue #3

Unions with a business model... The future of organised labour is moving fast, in the guise of support services for the 'gig economy'. Uber drivers and Deliveroo cyclists are the thin end of the 'Future of Work' / automation wedge (I don't think knowledge wor…

 
#2・

We still believe - Issue #2

A people's vote on Brexit might be impossible, the result simply depends on what voting system you choose. Whatever the outcome, nearly everyone will be unhappy, but maybe a clear winner / loser scenario is a flatter landscape for us to build whatever comes n…

 
#1・

We still believe - Issue #1

'Big ideas' about process and structural changeThe nomination of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez as Democratic congressional candidate in New York is stunning for a few reasons. Clearly, a 28 year old woman from a Puerto Rican family with no substantial funding and,…