The secrecy of the secret ballot

Having been uneasy at the recent voting identity trials which were completely unjustified by the evidence, I wrote to my MP, taking advantage to raise at the same time the question of a lack of any actual secret ballot – as an identifying number is put on each ballot paper stub. To my surprise he… Read more

Justice for Serco?

Oh dear. It seems the replacement Justice Minister for Philip Lee is  a former top boss of outsourcing firm Serco, which enjoys millions of pounds from UK government contracts and which manages five prisons in England and Wales. As far as I can remember it is still under investigation by the Serious Fraud Office over… Read more

Has the ‘Guardian’ got it?

This must be the first ‘Guardian’ editorial to quote Prof Stephanie Kelton – and the first one for a long time to suggest that deficit financing is a good idea. Before spending more money on the NHS, British politicians should take the advice of the US economist Stephanie Kelton: in a UK lecture this week,… Read more

An American Economist’s View on Brexit

Top economist @AdamPosen discusses the UK going global after Brexit. — Our Future, Our Choice (@OFOCBrexit) June 15, 2018   I add this because it is nice to see an economist who is not British and therefore with ‘no skin in the game’ say it like it is. Even for a minute and a… Read more

Minister Resigns on Principle Shock

Philip Lee, the – Secretary of State for Youth Justice in the Justice Department resigned yesterday, Tuesday 12 June. Whilst most attention shone on what it meant for the Prime Minister, the man himself had, in his resignation statement, some interesting things to say, which are well worth highlighting. …as the [Brexit] negotiations are unfolding,… Read more

Money for nothing is everything

There is an excellent summary in one easy blog on TRUK of Modern Monetary Theory* (MMT), which should more properly be called Modern Monetary Practice or the Modern Monetary System (MMS). As usual, below the article are the comments, many of which are highly critical, usually on the basis that if you are stupid enough… Read more

“The UK’s bargaining power, with A50 untriggered, would have been much greater.”

The title is a quote from a recent Simon Wren Lewis blog on the disastrous Brexit performance of our current, so called government. I’ve always maintained that Theresa May is easily the worst Prime Minister since the Second World War. I’m, in an odd way, reassured that Simon Wren Lewis has written an excoriating article… Read more