Neoliberalism is no philosophy but simply another pressure group

I quote from the New Economics Foundation (NEF) “deepen the inequalities and inefficiencies of neoliberalism.” This suggests neoliberalism is a philosophy. I profoundly disagree. It is rather a pressure group that was smart enough to endeavour to create an idea. I think the NEF should know better. We must beware – neoliberalism is NOT a… Read more

Business Rates or bust?

There is, or was: Maplin, Betterware, Kleeneaze, Bargain Booze, Toys’r us, Jones the Bootmakers, Brantano Shoes, Store 21, Jaeger and BHS. Homebase was sold for £1 and Poundworld is also, it now appears, likely to be on the way out. Mothercare and House of Frazer are closing stores and even M&S has announced it is… Read more

EU rules are rules

I draw attention to a marvelous and illuminating quote from an EU official quoted in the Independent: “There is not an issue of general distrust towards the UK. That’s not the issue, but the EU is a rules-based system. Why is that? It’s because 28 member states do not trust each other spontaneously; they trust… Read more

Ideas ready for a crisis

On Thursday last the ‘Guardian’s economic correspondent suggested that the left should be ready for a crisis suggesting that ‘The right sees opportunity in a crisis. Why can’t the left?’ This is so very true. The left (in effect Gordon Brown assisted by Alistair Darling) diffused the General Financial Crisis in the UK, and probably… Read more

Gin Drought Possible

Worrying, nay shocking, news has reached me that Brexit might provoke a gin drought. Without a shade of irony ‘Harper’s Wine and Spirit’ reports: “If Britain were to leave the EU without a deal, distillers fear that supplies of juniper and other botanicals such as lemon peel, liquorice, orris root and angelica root would be… Read more