The case for a Universal Basic Income (UBI) has rapidly become part of mainstream political debate. The Labour Party is actively considering the policy, in the US it was revealed Hillary Clinton almost included it as a manifesto pledge. Trials have recently begun across the world, including close to home in Scotland.
Libraries are being decimated by cuts, privatisation, de-skilling and a shift to ‘volunteerism’ and ‘generalism’. But those working in them being are told to deny there’s a crisis.
European austerity is a politics of power. It’s a banker protection racket. And the fact is, the strategy has now failed.
“You need to understand,” I told the reporter. “These are baby steps, but important steps, for fuller participation in the public sphere.”