For this once, let’s hear it for the Legatum Institute

The Social Metrics Commission is a motley crew of people and is an Independent Commission “formed and led by the Legatum Institute’s CEO Baroness Stroud“. Nobody knows who truly funds the Legatum Institute so their efforts are usually rather suspect. Still, the Joseph Rowntree Foundation is stated as giving them help. Even this Legatum Insitute… Read more

Our Institutions No Longer Serve This New Era. The Public Understand, Why Haven’t We?

Feel I should flag up a talk “Our Institutions No Longer Serve This New Era. The Public Understand, Why Haven’t We?” on last Wednesday week’s ′21st-Century Power: the state, citizens and civil society’ event in London. The Labour MP for Wigan, Lisa Nandy, was reported verbatim by the [link]’Huffington Post’ and this is well worth… Read more

Despair of ‘The Left’

Grace Blakeley, of the IPPR, has written a tour de force on the financialisation of capitalism on the Jacobin website and bemoans, as do most of us, the lack of proper change since the financial crisis. She sums up the pre 2008 situation rather neatly, I thought: This class of [middle class] “mini-capitalists” had a… Read more