Better judgement

Against my better judgement, I was persuaded by a friend to attend a talk given by a recently retired High Court judge she knew… (Needless to say I didn’t!) I confess, nonetheless, I was rather impressed. I remember judges from my youth who asked daft questions like who are the Beatles? This man was humorous… Read more

Democratic Brexit – or not

Bill Mitchell and Thomas Fazi have written what seems to me a rather odd article where they run through the history of the changes in the EU ending with its conversion to neoliberalsm. They finish: To conclude, any belief that the EU can be ‘democratised’ and reformed in a progressive direction is a pious illusion…. Read more

The REAL argument for Universal Basic Services

As a postscript to the previous piece on Universal Basic Income, (together with the interesting comment from Charles Adams on the same page) an American article makes a coherent case against a full Universal Basic Income: Our current economic crisis goes beyond the problem of income inequality. While inequality garners the most attention, it’s a… Read more

Real news, not views

This interesting letter will soon be arriving on the BBC Director General’s desk. If you listen to the ‘Today’ programme you will know they now occasionally review ‘Buzzfeed’ and the ‘Huffington Post’ as well as the more traditional press. It is indeed a notable omission that they don’t ever review the ‘New European’, though it… Read more

Jubilee Shares

The Guardian has a current headline: “Stock market turmoil: All eyes on the Dow after $4tn wiped off global shares.” A shame, probably for our private pension, if we have one. Yet nobody has actually lost $4tn though one or two might have lost something if they needed to sell in a declining market. It… Read more

Perhaps this report is greatly exaggerated:

But if reports of death are premature then surely both leavers and remainers are beginning to realise that Brexit is failing as an idea. As Simon Wren Lewis has said “Brexit is fantastical. There is nothing about the case for Brexit that is based in reality. This is why everything Brexiters say is either nonsense… Read more

Funny money

There was a very listenable recent Radio 4 comedy programme ‘Simon Evans goes to Market on -Philanthropy’ where one of the contributors, Tim Harford, broadcast the damning quote by the future President Roosevelt on Rockefeller’s desire to create a charitable foundation. “No amount of charity in spending such fortunes can compensate in any way for… Read more

The English Civil War and its Ongoing Legacy

I know the English Civil War started in 1642 and ended 9 years later so you’re probably thinking it can’t have much of a legacy now. I just think it might. In the 1580’s the cleric, Richard Hooker, often considered to have written Britain’s first philosophical treatise, ‘The Laws of Ecclesiastical Polity’ wrote  [Book 1… Read more