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Welfare reform: more Maimonides, less Plato

Platon and MaimonidesWelfare reform is the ongoing struggle of Government to provide a rational system of support to those in need. According to Jacob Kellner, a Professor of Social Work at Hebrew University the underlining ethics of welfare are two competing ideas from history: the political model of planning as exemplified through Plato’s ideal state and the humanitarian model which concerns itself with the welfare of the individual which many religious communities adopt and is exemplified in Jewish thought through the writings of Maimonides. (more…)

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Olympic Challenge: Following on from Radio 4’s Sunday Programme

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Olympic Park: a new centre for East London

I have just completed an interview with Kevin Bouchet on the Olympics for Radio 4’s Sunday Programme (see interview Olympic piece at 19 mins).

The Olympic Games was awarded to London on the basis of the diversity of communities and the ability to regenerate East London. (more…)

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