The EU – what should Labour do now?

Apparently there is to be no hard border but the UK is leaving the customs union. These contradictions are part of the recent agreement on Article 50. If the latest Times report is correct EU officials and diplomats were irritated by Mr Davis’s remark at the weekend that the withdrawal agreement was just a “statement… Read more

“Report on the United Kingdom’s orderly withdrawal from the European Union” and staying in the single market

Today’s report seems to be spun as though it is a major achievement – indeed a major agreement. Maybe it will be, though of course nothing is actually yet agreed, but while the citizenship and financial agreements look substantial, the details on the single market and customs union seem simply to suggest that the UK… Read more

Corporate Diet

It is of considerable surprise – to me at least – that Tesco has been given the go-ahead by the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) to take over Bookers. That’s Britain’s largest food retailer taking over Britain’s largest food wholesaler. Tesco also runs its own convenience stores which is an area where Booker are very… Read more

Railroading?

It was encouraging news on a recent Radio 4 ‘Today’ programme when Chris Grayling (the same who, as Justice Secretary wanted to charge defendants found guilty for the cost of their court cases, itself a policy so harmfully stupid that even Michael Gove abolished it) suggested that we are going to be able to open… Read more

Using Local Currency for Reform – Radical or Reckless?

It seems clear that Manchester is not going to be reimbursed by central government for the full cost of the Manchester arena terrorism attack by central government presumably because central government ‘does not have enough money’ – although it prints it. Perhaps a local currency could provide a little help. Local currencies seem to be… Read more

Housing horrors

In France the government has decreed that many more ‘HLM’s (Habitations à Loyer Modéré or Homes at Moderate Rent) must be sold. But, although HLM are the equivalent to our council housing, there is no subsidy for the tenant – only first refusal on the purchase. Unsurprisingly the homes (almost invariably flats) are proving difficult… Read more