Calling it “Taxpayers’ money” creates bureaucracy

Everyone speaks of money as if the taxpayer created it and passed it across to the government, if not with outright hostility then certainly with great circumspection. But since the financial crisis we know that we spend first and tax later. Where otherwise, did that almost half a trillion of ‘Quantitative Easing’ come from? Was… Read more

Do you take sugar? No thanks.

Amid the election fever I feel it is still important to draw attention to this cardiologist for whom I’ve long had respect. Although I’ve never met him (probably fortunately!) I’m even more delighted that he was based at what used to be my local hospital, the Lister Hospital, Stevenage. For me he is spot on…. Read more

The Litany and Lure of the Lease

The appalling scandal of newly built houses being sold as leasehold by Britain’s six biggest housebuilders (and where the ground rent can double every 10 years – just because they can) is by now well documented. In fact leasehold properties are now thought to make up over 40% of all new homes. This is rent… Read more