What a tangled web we weave when first government accounting practices to deceive….

This was a good Zoom meeting: ‘The Austerity Doctrine in the Time of Coronavirus’ here (about an hour), with Yanis Varousakis, Naomi Klein, Brian Eno and Stephanie Kelton, which is quite a line-up. For me Yanis Varousakis was the most on the ball in his assertion that the ‘nightmare of the powerful is that the… Read more

‘Better things aren’t possible’

I enjoyed this – old as it is, which I’ve just encountered: It set me thinking that really the journey to understand money is also a journey to show that better things are possible and especially with today’s narrow thinking, also affordable, when ‘affordability’ is so often used to shut down further discussion. Understanding money… Read more

Spectator goes anti-austerity and full MMT

There is an article from this week’s Spectator by Malcolm Offord,who is the founder and chairman of Badenoch & Co (an investment company). He is standing on the Lothian list for the Conservative Party in May’s Scottish Parliament election. The article also appears under the right-wing think tank, Policy Exchange banner, where the title ‘Why… Read more

Blandness doesn’t work and lobbying shouldn’t

I rather think that in our current circumstances, Parliament being recalled to recite peons of praise for the late Prince Philip will not show it in its best light. Meanwhile even radio 4’s Westminster Hour mentioned how appropriate in our actual political mess, this sentence was – from the latest episode of ‘Line of Duty’:… Read more

Bankers’ currency and Conservative deceptions

I enjoyed Jim Osborne‘s comment mentioning what he called “bankers’ currency”. Clearly bankers’ currency is what all currency now is. The only ‘recent’ example of currency that was not (but was in fact the Treasury’s rather than the bankers’) is the short-lived Bradbury’s. It showed that we do not actually need the bankers to produce… Read more