‘Our government structures are derelict’

I think the sentiments in this Caroline Lucas speech during the European Withdrawal Bill debate are worth spreading widely. All the discretionary ministerial powers are in this bill. We have thrown away democratic control on the basis of just 44% of the total votes cast. The ‘mother of Parliaments’ is woefully unfit for purpose and… Read more

Progressive Patriotism

A few days ago Rebecca Long-Bailey, prospective Labour leader, built on an idea first mooted, I think, by Billy Bragg, and suggested that ‘Progessive Patriotism’ was a good idea… I’m surprised to find myself agreeing. Progressives have to embrace patriotism, even though to many of us, it is a fairly unwelcome concept, being perilously close… Read more

The poison of disinformation

Five years too late I have discovered this short piece on ‘non-linear warfare’. But its conclusions still hold true: It is very much links up with this thoughtful piece by Adam Ramsay on Open Democracy, which speaks of the ‘poison of disinformation’. Most people are thoroughly disorientated and the Mainstream Media are, intentionally or not,… Read more

In favour of a form of nationalisation – but with the co-operative dividend

I encountered an incisive summary of why nationalisation is a good idea – even though, personally, I consider it, as usually understood, often, less than ideal… There are five reasons in favour: Privatisation has failed Public ownership would save billions Public ownership is successful Public ownership is popular The NHS All of which I certainly… Read more

The Independant reports on the nasty party at work

‘The Independent’ – about whose ownership I am somewhat dubious, seems nonetheless to have had some interesting and informative reporting recently. They publicised a recent report which shows that “£15bn of health service contracts have been handed to private companies since 2015.” Free at the point of use it may be but when private companies are making… Read more

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