What is this government’s purpose?

An interesting ‘Observer’ editorial laments the decline of Keynes’ post-war ‘consensus’ for the future of civilised society as it seemed to be at the time. Conservatives mobilised an argument that generous welfare spending did not just undermine capitalism, but had inflationary, destabilising consequences and hence was a threat to democratic governance. Our government is similarly… Read more

Brexit visions

This was tweeted by Nick, who I know only as an Arsenal supporter but his take on Brexit serves a conclusion much wider than that! He suggests that Brexit is: “People celebrating an imaginary freedom, over an imaginary oppressor in an imaginary war. With imaginary benefits.” I really cannot improve on that. Yet is this… Read more

Message for Lisa

“The lesson from the last election… is that people are smarter than we think.” according to Lisa Nandy. I cannot unfortunately embed the actual snippet from the Newsnight programme – but Lisa Nandy says that Labour made promises in their latest manifesto, that they simply couldn’t keep – which is, I’m afraid.. completely untrue… Still,… Read more

The sunlit uplands of England – as defined by Scotland

Another interesting moment from the recent Billy Bragg interview was how, as a good Essex boy, he called England a blank sheet which was currently largely defined by Scotland. England is of course home to more Scots than the populations of Scotland’s first and third cities combined. Dissent, he suggested, is a thread which runs… Read more

The Irish General Election

Introduction There will be an Irish General Election on Saturday 8th Feb. Given the “one way mirror” down the Irish sea, where the Irish can see Britain clearly, but not vice versa, here is a brief guide. As an example of the one-way mirror, one of the UK’s best-paid and supposedly informed journalists tweeted this… Read more

Emotion is essential…

A recent article from Ian Dunt sums up much of the problem: We are living in a world in which truth is a devastated property. That’s often the result of hermetically-sealed tribal identity groups online and the malicious impact of hostile actors, like Putin’s Russia. But it is also because the government we live under… Read more