At least one Tory gets why the WTO and zero tariff conditions would be disastrous

At least one Tory leadership candidate understands No Deal would be a disaster for all our futures… Good on you @RoryStewartUK pic.twitter.com/QQpEBHnysn — Our Future, Our Choice (@OFOCBrexit) May 30, 2019 What he doesn’t mention in that under WTO rules, having instituted zero tariffs, even if food might, initially, be cheaper to import it is… Read more

Capturing democratic thought

Farage has intimated numerous times that he thinks ‘our’ democracy is broken, without, as usual, ever outlining what to do about it – except of course getting the ‘Brexit Party’ to fight the next election. Farage’s solutions are much as Macbeth thought about life – full of sound and fury, signifying nothing. Even so, let… Read more

The Tin Can Cook

This is short –  but I think I should simply highlight the crowdfunder for the ‘Tin Can Cook’ where any excess – over and above funds required to publish the actual book, which now seems to be funded, will go to help foodbanks. But she tells you all about it! Although I’ve long respected Jack… Read more

The progressive Conservative?

Like everyone else I am thinking about declaring my candidacy for the Conservative leadership. A good friend, of long standing, said I should ‘go for it’ and I thought, “Well, why not?” After all, I fancy myself as a bit of a comedian and have an overinflated opinion of my intelligence, but more than that… Read more

Mutuality Versus Banking – which to prefer?

In this article the City Editor of the FT, no less, says that Labour is right “Britain’s private utility model is broken.” Here is a riddle that is not so difficult to unpick. Between their privatisation in 1989 and last year, English water companies were permitted by their regulator to generate operating cash flows totalling… Read more

Marxist ideas seem to have assisted Mrs Thatcher with her purpose

At least that is the conclusion I’ve pretty much come to since the idea that the government has no money seems to be shared, not only by the obscurely financed Taxpayers’ Alliance, but also by Marxists. In this linked ‘Medium’ article, which though undeclared, seems to be heavily reliant on Paul Mason’s thinking, it is… Read more

Pretty useless IFS investigation…

This from the Guardian: It is hardly surprising that two nations whose development has been driven by financial gain and greed share a common trend of growing inequality. It is inevitable that countries like the UK and US that measure success by economic growth will always favour those who already have wealth. In the circumstances… Read more

Cash or Data Protection?

This, remarkably, from a recent issue of ‘The Times’ As Sweeden is in the vanguard of the cashless society it just goes to show how completely misleading such an idea is. We might also like to consider whether we really want the payment processors taking their commission percentage on everything – for ever, and knowing… Read more