Britain lacks electoral freedom

There is an interesting Medium article written by Charles Leadbeater who is a visiting professor of practice at the Institute for Innovation and Public Purpose. Perhaps unsurprisingly, he suggests that three books, might set out the basis for post Covid changes: Mission-oriented innovation by Mariana Mazzucato, Doughnut Economics espoused by Kate Raworth and the Deficit… Read more

Good Law Project 1 – Government Nil

Good news is currently pretty limited but the High Court decision that the Health Secretary should have published all his PPE contracts. is certainly some. It found that: “The Secretary of State acted unlawfully by failing to comply with the Transparency Policy” and that “there is now no dispute that, in a substantial number of… Read more

Power trip

A good article in the Byline Times contains this quote from Gove: “You should be able to buy a bulb in Bedford and plant it in a garden in Ballymena without destroying the single market” he told peers. They comment: Perhaps he should have considered that back in 2016. Perhaps, actually, he should have taken… Read more

The noise of government ‘playing’ us

According to this shameful article by Housing Secretary and three houses Robert Jenrick, who has even now, failed to resolve the cladding crisis caused by the Grenfell Tower fire, nonetheless now he has time, in the middle of this pandemic, to turn his attention to the important matter of statues and streetnames as written up… Read more

The addiction to cheapness makes the economy especially ‘fragile’

There are some things that ‘should’ , it seems, be cheap: food, ‘labour’ and consumer goods are most usually cited…. What isn’t ever cheap is housing – whether purchased or rented – indeed any ‘real estate’ property is rarely cheap. Though it is virtually never mentioned, expensive housing inhibits the ability to compete ‘globally’ (to… Read more