New Statesman Q & A

Archive for January, 2018

New Statesman Q & A

Wednesday, January 31st, 2018

This month I am the featured person for the New Statesman’s Q&A. You can find out what music I love and what my mastermind subject would be here!

The International Tax Review and The Paradise Papers

Tuesday, January 30th, 2018

I recently spoke with the International Tax Review about the Paradise Papers and how best to tackle tax avoidance in a modern global economy. Read what I had to say here.

Carillion Collapse Article

Friday, January 19th, 2018

The collapse of Carillion has left a number of questions the Conservative Government need to answer.

This disaster will have an enormous impact on service users, workers and the costs associated with this disruption are bound to run into hundreds of millions of pounds – money the taxpayer will have to find.

In this piece for Progress I argue that we need a new approach that puts the user at the heart of all of the decisions that look at who should provide a service.

You can read my article here.

Holocaust Educational Trust

Friday, January 19th, 2018

This week I signed the Holocaust Educational Trust’s Book of Commitment, pledging my commitment to Holocaust Memorial Day and honouring those who were murdered during the Holocaust as well as paying tribute to the extraordinary Holocaust survivors who work tirelessly to educate young people today.

Holocaust Memorial Day is an important opportunity for people from Barking and Dagenham and across the country to reflect on the tragic events of the Holocaust.

As the Holocaust moves from living history, to just history, it becomes ever more important that we take the time to remember the victims and also pay tribute to the survivors.

Saturday 27th January will mark the anniversary of the liberation of the Nazi concentration and death camp Auschwitz-Birkenau, the site of the largest mass murder in history.

I encourage you all to show your support for such an important day. You can read more about Holocaust Memorial Day here:

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Newsnight Appearance

Wednesday, January 17th, 2018

On Newsnight yesterday I spoke about the provision of public services by private companies following the collapse of Carillion.

The government has tried to create markets, but in doing so has led to an ineffective system with large suppliers dominating and a lack of transparency over how taxpayer’s money is being used.

The government needs to transform the system to be open and ethical, with what works for citizens at its heart.

You can watch my appearance here.