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Award-winning podcast about the economic forces shaping our world, with Ayeisha Thomas-Smith and guests. Brought to you by the New Economics Foundation – the independent think tank and charity campaigning for a fairer, sustainable economy.

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Award-winning podcast about the economic forces shaping our world, with Ayeisha Thomas-Smith and guests. Brought to you by the New Economics Foundation – the independent think tank and charity campaigning for a fairer, sustainable economy.

    How we win a new economy - changing the rules

    How we win a new economy - changing the rules

    Note to listeners: this episode was prerecorded in September 2022.

    Over the last five episodes we’ve looked at how the UK is being torn apart. Our economy is built on huge inequalities: between working people and big business, between families and fossil fuel giants, between tenants and landlords, and between marginalised groups and law enforcement.

    Are such massive divisions in our society inevitable? Can we share the wealth hoarded by the rich? And what do we need to do to build a better future?

    Ayeisha is joined by Jeevun Sandher, head of economics at the New Economics Foundation, and political economist and author of The Case For A Green New Deal Ann Pettifor.

    - Subscribe to Ann's substack, System Change, here: https://annpettifor.substack.com/


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    Music by Chad Crouch and Podington Bear, used under Creative Commons licence.

    Researched by Margaret Welsh. Produced by Becky Malone.

    Enjoying the show? Tweet us your comments and questions @NEF!

    The Weekly Economics Podcast is brought to you by the New Economics Foundation. Find out more at www.neweconomics.org

    • 26 min
    How we win a new economy - fighting for our human rights

    How we win a new economy - fighting for our human rights

    Note to listeners: this episode was prerecorded in September 2022.

    This summer, on a small road in south-east London, a crowd of people prevented immigration officers from detaining a local man. Protestors sat on the ground in front of the van he was held in for hours, shouting “Let him go!”. From Pollokshields to Peckham, over the last couple of years we’ve seen how people can come together to physically stop immigration raids in their communities and protect their neighbours.

    But with the government giving the police more powers to crack down on protests, will actions like these be able to continue? What is happening to civil liberties in the UK? And who is fighting back?

    Ayeisha is joined by Zehrah Hasan advocacy director at the Joint Council for the Welfare of Immigrants (JCWI) and Charlie Whelton, policy and campaigns officer at Liberty (@zedhas3 and @cwhelton on Twitter).

    Want to join the movement? You can get involved with groups like:
    - JCWI jcwi.org.uk
    - Liberty libertyhumanrights.org.uk
    - Migrants Organise migrantsorganise.org
    - SOAS Detainee Support soasdetaineesupport.co.uk
    - Stop Deportations @StpDeportations on Twitter
    - Lesbians and Gays Support the Migrants lgsmigrants.com

    Further reading:
    - Who’s Paying The Price? The Human Cost Of The Rwanda Scheme by Medical justice medicaljustice.org.uk/whos-paying-the-price-report-released/
    - The gal-dem guide to stopping a deportation flight by Zehrah Hasan gal-dem.com/guide-stopping-deportation-flight-immigration/

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    Music by Chad Crouch and Podington Bear, used under Creative Commons licence.

    Researched by Margaret Welsh. Produced by Becky Malone.

    Enjoying the show? Tweet us your comments and questions @NEF!

    The Weekly Economics Podcast is brought to you by the New Economics Foundation. Find out more at www.neweconomics.org

    • 47 min
    How we win a new economy - fixing the housing crisis with social homes

    How we win a new economy - fixing the housing crisis with social homes

    Note to listeners: this episode was prerecorded in September 2022.

    The cost of living scandal could force 1.7 million households into homelessness this winter, according to the charity Crisis. In the UK, we can no longer rely on social housing to protect people from sleeping rough or sofa-surfing. If you were alive in 1979, you had a 40% chance of living in an affordable council home. Today, that figure is just under 8%.

    What happened to all our council houses? Did Thatcher’s right to buy policy create the housing crisis we see today? And how would our lives be different if we could depend on warm, comfortable social homes?

    Ayeisha is joined by Becki Winson, NEF senior organiser and Suzanne Muna, secretary of the Social Housing Action Campaign (SHAC) (@RebeccaWinson and @Muna_Suz on Twitter)

    -Join NEF's Homes for Us Campaign https://homesforus.org.uk/
    -Find out more about SHAC and get involved https://shaction.org/

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    Music by Broke for Free and Podington Bear, used under Creative Commons licence.

    Researched by Margaret Welsh. Produced by Becky Malone.

    Enjoying the show? Tweet us your comments and questions @NEF!

    The Weekly Economics Podcast is brought to you by the New Economics Foundation. Find out more at www.neweconomics.org

    • 38 min
    How we win a new economy - solving the cost of living and climate crises together

    How we win a new economy - solving the cost of living and climate crises together

    Note to listeners: this episode was prerecorded in August 2022.

    2022: a year of extremes. During the 40 degree summer heat, roads melted and railway lines buckled. The London Fire Brigade had its busiest day since the Blitz as record temperatures led to hundreds of fires across the city. When it finally rained a month later, the Met Office warned of flood risk. But after a dangerously hot summer, we’re now worrying about whether we can afford our energy bills during a long, cold winter.

    This was the year that the climate crisis collided with the scandalously high cost of living. But how are the two related? Why are fossil fuel companies making bumper profits while the rest of us are worried about paying our bills? And can we stay warm while making sure oil and gas stay safely under the North Sea?

    Ayeisha is joined by Mika Minio-Paluello, climate and industry lead at the Trades Union Congress and Tessa Khan, environmental lawyer and founder and director of Uplift.

    -Want to join a union? You can find the right one for you on the TUC website: https://www.tuc.org.uk/joinunion
    - Get involved with the Stop Cambo/Jackdaw and Warm this Winter campaigns: https://www.stopcambo.org.uk/ and https://www.warmthiswinter.org.uk/

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    Music by Blue Dot Sessions and Podington Bear, used under Creative Commons licence.

    Researched by Margaret Welsh. Produced by Becky Malone.

    Enjoying the show? Tweet us your comments and questions @NEF!

    The Weekly Economics Podcast is brought to you by the New Economics Foundation. Find out more at www.neweconomics.org

    • 44 min
    How we win a new economy – a hot strike summer?

    How we win a new economy – a hot strike summer?

    Note to listeners: this episode was prerecorded in August 2022. 

    As the first week of rail strikes came to an end in June, Google searches for the phrase “join union” had increased by 184%. News channels and politicians didn’t seem to know what to make of the broad public support for the striking rail workers. Inspired by the RMT union, the unrest spread: criminal barristers, BT workers, posties and teachers are just some of the people exploring strike action.

    After decades of union busting, wage stagnation and decimated rights, are workers finally saying enough is enough? Why has the public suddenly got behind striking workers? And what would happen if we held a general strike?

    Ayeisha is joined by the TUC's Sian Elliot and Sarah Jaffe, journalist and author of “Work Won’t Love You Back”(@SianCElliott and @sarahljaffe on Twitter).

    -Find out more about Sarah's work at https://workwontloveyouback.org/
    -Want to join a union? You can find the right one for you on the TUC website https://www.tuc.org.uk/joinunion

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    Music by Blue Dot Sessions and Podington Bear, used under Creative Commons licence.

    Researched by Margaret Welsh. Produced by Becky Malone.

    Enjoying the show? Tweet us your comments and questions @NEF!

    The Weekly Economics Podcast is brought to you by the New Economics Foundation. Find out more at www.neweconomics.org

    • 45 min
    How we win a new economy - the end of neoliberalism?

    How we win a new economy - the end of neoliberalism?

    In this mini-series of the New Economics Podcast, we’ll discover how our economy has been run over the past few years - and look at the key battlegrounds for those fighting to change the rules.

    Over the last few years, neoliberalism – the economic model that has dominated since Margaret Thatcher was PM – has taken a hit. Big spending and state intervention have been the name of the game, as the government scrambled to get to grips with the pandemic.

    While Boris Johnson gets ready to pack up his things, we still don’t know who will be replacing him in Number 10. The two final contenders, Rishi Sunak and Liz Truss, have been described in the press as “channelling the blue-suited ghost of Thatcher”.

    So, have the last few years solidified a new kind of economic mainstream? Or will Johnsonism be swept aside once the new PM has unpacked their toothbrush?

    In the first episode of this special mini-series we’re asking: has neoliberalism hit the buffers?

    Ayeisha is joined by Ellie Mae O’Hagan and Laurie Macfarlane (@elliemaeohagan and @L__Macfarlane on Twitter).

    -Read Laurie's piece with Christine Berry for Renewal on the Conservative's political economy: https://journals.lwbooks.co.uk/renewal/vol-30-issue-2/abstract-9553/
    -More on the Race Class Narrative here: https://classonline.org.uk/pubs/item/the-uk-race-class-narrative-report

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    Music by Blue Dot Sessions and Podington Bear, used under Creative Commons licence.

    Researched by Margaret Welsh. Produced by Becky Malone.

    Enjoying the show? Tweet us your comments and questions @NEF!

    The Weekly Economics Podcast is brought to you by the New Economics Foundation. Find out more at www.neweconomics.org

    • 47 min

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