Lists of the ‘elite’ are interesting, but never forget that power is at its most effective when it is least observable.

Earlier this week, on the 24th September to be precise, The Guardian made a big splash about an analysis of what it claimed were the UK’s most powerful people – the ‘elite’. This provoked various responses, including one from a good friend of the Progressive Pulse blog, Richard Murphy, on his Tax Research blog (http://www.taxresearch.org.uk/Blog/2017/09/25/we-need-good-administrators-but-the-guardians-wrong-to-consider-them-the-elite/)… Read more

‘Democracy in Chains’: a US export that’s not as new as some might claim

On Wednesday I read George Monbiot’s most recent column in The Guardian* in which he briefly discusses James McGill Buchanan, a man who features prominently in US historian Nancy MacLean’s new book, Democracy in Chains: The Deep History of the Radical Right’s Stealth Plan for America. As Monbiot notes, McLean’s book makes what has previously… Read more

Fire safety as an “optional extra”? (the case of modern day office space)

With the Grenfell Tower disaster still fresh in our minds, and daily reports of the steadily increasing number of tall buildings clad in material that fails to meet fire safety standards, it’s understandable that the more general issue of fire safety and regulation has rightly become something of a talking point…. Read more

Partisanship and the End of Politics (the coming of the neo-feudal state)

Since the US electorate (or more accurately, electoral college) put a reality TV personality and real estate mogul into the White House late last year I’ve become a committed viewer of a number of US news and current affairs programmes. Several of these – such and The Rachel Maddow Show and The Last Word with… Read more

Setting out to fail and controlling the consequences: the real purpose of the 2017 General Election

Since Theresa May’s Eureka moment while walking in North Wales the public have been told, relentlessly, that the reason she decided to break her many promises that there would be no early general election was because a victory for the Tories would strengthen her negotiating position in the forthcoming talks with the EU 27. This… Read more