Investigation of Vote Leave seeking legal advice from CPS

It is, I think, worth highlighting that Open Democracy has just disclosed that: After nearly 16 months of investigating Vote Leave, the Metropolitan Police Service handed a file of evidence to the Crown Prosecution Service last month. The initial formal referral by the police means they are now seeking legal advice from the Crown Prosecution… Read more

Undermining Voting Rights

The appalling Conservative idea of having to possess ‘identity’ in order to vote is straight out of the US Republican scheme of how to reduce votes, effectively from people who do not like you… There is in fact, virtually no election fraud in mainland UK with just one prosecution in the last period. It is… Read more

NI Politics comes to England but is it a Trick or a Treat?

Introduction Growing up in Dublin, Halloween (Oíche Shamhna – the night before Samhain 1st Nov.) was a significant event, particularly for children. Dressing up in ghoulish costumes, making turnip lanterns, playing particular games, going around neighbour’s houses asking “help the Halloween party” was all part of the fun. Fireworks, in particular, “bangers” were set off…. Read more

The King hath no prerogative other than that the law of the land allows him

The title is from the Case of Proclamations which dates back to James I ironically – or indicatively? – England’s first Scottish king. So the idea that the prerogative to prorogue Parliament is not ‘justiciable’ should be for the birds. So far, the current case in the Supreme Court has mentioned nothing of this –… Read more

The rise of economics as a method of control

This from the Economist of 29 August reviewing an American book, “The Economists’ Hour”, by Binyamin Appelbaum, which I thought historically instructive:. Few economists worked at the Federal Reserve in the early 1950s. Those who were on the staff of America’s central bank were relegated to the basement, at a safe remove from the corridors… Read more

Market based capitalism can’t compete with state sponsored capitalism

There is an interesting article here on how Trump is effectively bound to be outsmarted in his trade war with China. America suffers from the same problem as Britain – it doesn’t make much anymore. So if the currency reduces in value there is no opportunity to increase exports because it there is nothing much… Read more