Posts by Liam Stanley

Liam Stanley, Associate Fellow, SPERI, & Lecturer in Politics, University of Sheffield

Reimagining tax through speculative design: or, how to critique neoliberalism

If you were given £5m to communicate *something* with all income taxpayers, what message would you want to circulate? What form would it take? How radical would you be? I recently co-organised a workshop with Rebecca Bramall as part of a project we’re doing on ‘Reimagining Tax Through Speculative Design’ that asked a variation of this question. The aim of the project is to … Continue reading

20 April 2018 by Liam Stanley
Categories: SPERI Comment Tags: , ,

Talking the politics of welfare

Liam Stanley

More and more evidence shows that it matters considerably that British governments have lately been deploying the word ‘welfare’ in an official capacity Imagine you are a government minister or a particularly influential civil servant.  Lucky you: you are introducing some new legislation that, say, proposes that all benefit claimants must attend interviews within three days of making their first … Continue reading

16 March 2016 by Liam Stanley
Categories: Politics and policy, SPERI Comment, Tax, Welfare Tags: , , , , , , ,

What six public opinion graphs tell us about austerity

Liam Stanley

A majority of the British population has consistently expressed the belief over a period of several years that spending cuts to cut the government’s deficit are ‘necessary’ Austerity was meant to be over by now in the UK.  The country living comfortably within its means.  The books balanced.  But, with the Coalition government consistently missing its deficit-reduction targets, this is … Continue reading

9 July 2015 by Liam Stanley
Categories: Austerity, Social science, SPERI Comment, Welfare Tags: , , , , , ,

The problem with Osborne’s new annual tax summaries

Liam Stanley

They foster an imagined community of ‘taxpayers’ and subvert the collective identity that should underpin tax From late November onwards, the British weekday breakfast ritual faces yet another distraction.  People up and down the country will get to enjoy their cornflakes alongside the arrival of a letter from Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs.  Rather than demanding more money or offering … Continue reading

9 December 2014 by Liam Stanley
Categories: British growth crisis, Economics, Finance, Inequality, Politics and policy, SPERI Comment, Tax Tags: , , , ,

Blaming bankers and accepting austerity

Our everyday experiences of taxation have been crucial to the way that the crisis has been interpreted There is something for everyone on YouTube. A piece of satirical songwriting, entitled ‘Bugger the Bankers’, is quickly racking up many thousands of views. You barely need to watch the video to get the gist. Indeed, following the global financial crisis, bankers are … Continue reading

13 February 2013 by Liam Stanley
Categories: Finance, SPERI Comment Tags: