We’re joined by the Institute of Economic Affairs’s Head of Education Dr Steve Davies to discuss: Is the basic income a good idea? Interviewed by the IEA’s News Editor Kate Andrews, the pair discuss this idea which is gaining traction across the political spectrum.
Steve and Kate agree that a basic income could form a viable alternative to Britain’s complex welfare system, which often creates perverse incentives for those on it. They outline the social and economic benefits of giving people greater autonomy with the work they pursue, and the money they spend.
Mike Indian, political commentator and author of the blog The Groucho Tendency, discusses the public sector pay cap, Theresa May's future, Sir John Chilcot's comments on Tony Blair and the Grenfell Tower inquiry.
Simon Napier-Bell is a music manager, composer, writer and author, most famous for managing Wham!, The Yardbirds and Marc Bolan, and for collaborating with the likes of Dusty Springfield and Burt Bacharach. He started out as a jazz musician before writing film scores, then branching into music and artist management with The Yardbirds. This career took him into the Eighties, where he managed the duo Wham! at the height of their fame. He’s written extensively too. His book and film, ’50 Years Legal’ is out now, charting half a decade since the change in the law around homosexuality.