On Saturday 4th February, Greater Manchester continued its long tradition of being at the forefront of political and social history in Britain. In the backdrop of thousands of people gathering in Albert Square to protest against Donald Trump’s Muslim ban, a radical meeting around a relatively new idea took place across the River Irwell in Salford’s oldest church.
Now I’m interested in progressive politics of all kinds, and I’ve long been intrigued by the idea of introducing a basic income nationally, whilst harbouring doubts about its practicality. Yesterday, over a hundred people from around the world walked in the footsteps of Marx and Engels, and came to Salford to discuss a new progressive idea at the first World Basic Income Conference. By the time the conference was over, almost all my doubts and reservation about basic income were dispelled.
The conference was organised by the World Basic Income organisation
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