A homeless man on the streets – a question of poverty

Poor are in poverty because they have no money – duh

According to Rutger Bregman, in his illuminating and upbeat book Utopia For Realists, any number of large-scale experiments in which the poor and homeless were simply handed money, no strings attached, produced positive results.  These trials – which even excited that old right-wing grouch President Richard Nixon – showed the poor were only poor because they had no money. Trials in …

Giles BroadbentPoor are in poverty because they have no money – duh
James Anderson reacts during the fifth day of the 2nd Investec Test match between England and the West Indies at Headingley (Image: GETTY)

There’s only one reason for summer – Test cricket

For some, including me, the end of the summer comes as a blessed relief. The capital, such an endless hive of activity at other times, becomes a desert with nothing to see, do or say. Everyone just waits until we can begin again with a programme of politics, culture and activity that oils the wheels. There are one or two …

Giles BroadbentThere’s only one reason for summer – Test cricket
Writer and activist Naomi Klein (Image: Getty)

Between failure and collapse is the best time to act

Events are happening so fast and a US presidency unravelling so quickly that Naomi Klein’s new polemic – much like last night’s news – is in danger of appearing outdated before it has a chance to sink in. Pity, because No Is Not Enough is more than an extended rant against President Donald Trump and the apotheosis of corporate America’s power-grab. While …

Giles BroadbentBetween failure and collapse is the best time to act
Girl with a laptop

Don’t be fooled by the t-shirts, these tech monopolies are predatory

It starts with a company’s instruction “don’t be evil” and ends with a monopolistic marauding giant, taking content without asking, invading people’s privacy, using regulatory capture to quash rivals and demolishing entire industries with its big commercial hammer. Jonathan Taplin has spent a lifetime in the media – producing films, promoting bands, launching streaming services – and he surveys the …

Giles BroadbentDon’t be fooled by the t-shirts, these tech monopolies are predatory