Budget – or just trickery

According to The History of Parliament the phrase ‘to open one’s budget’ “was being used in the sixteenth century to mean that someone was revealing something which was secret, perhaps even dubious. It meant something like bringing out a box of tricks. “ Yesterday’s budget certainly seems to justify that description. The new Chancellor seems… Read more

Liberty, Equality and Accountability

No, Fraternity, isn’t part of this…. Nonetheless, I suggest this is a very powerful conclusion by Billy Bragg in an interesting podcast with the lawyer Adam Wagner, in which they talk about ‘agency’. I thought it very incisive as they, quite correctly in my view, suggest that neoliberalism gives ‘agency’ to both businessmen and ‘markets’… Read more

Funerial Trade

I think we should note that Extinction Rebellion are looking to blockade the Port of Dover on Saturday. Whilst I think their protests are important – and also usually clever and impressive – just look at this poignant picture of a funeral march for the climate a couple of  months ago in Exeter, further described here…. Read more