August is a funny month in UK universities. I wandered into the corridor yesterday to find two young South Korean students waiting patiently in our waiting area, despite being surrounded by closed doors. When I asked whether I could help them, they explained in faltering but perfectly intelligible English that they were undergraduate students from … Continue reading
I have found myself Dr Angry over the last two days. I mean Dr Really Angry. It started with the amount of airtime given to a new outfit, The Intergenerational Foundation, which describes itself as having been established to research ‘fairness’ between current and future generations in the UK. They published a report that suggests … Continue reading
Reading a student dissertation comparing the English long term care system with that of Japan, and wondering *just why every welfare system we create in the UK has to be quite so complicated*?
A lot of people are wondering how the government has arrived at the figure of £140 a week for the proposed new state pension. The justification I have heard (from a number of sources) for the apparently thumb-sucked figure is to ensure it is just above the Guarantee Credit ‘poverty line’, which is currently £137.35 … Continue reading
Talking with a young Japanese student today, and thinking about the issues facing Japan, the world’s oldest population, in its time of crisis and despair