Whither free broadband?

According to John McDonnell MP When I published Labour’s policy on free broadband in November 2019 I said “It’s about large numbers of children being able to do their homework properly, and have the speed of connectivity.” The BBC described it as Broadband Communism. Interesting how relevant it’s now become. Isn’t it just? Mind you… Read more

Aren’t economic concepts simple – even if their operation is unduly opaque…

The FT points out that in the recent survey by the ONS, most people don’t understand general economic measurement. It is no wonder, yet again, that everything is so much easier to think about and understand in local – and household – terms: The research, which surveyed 1,665 people online and followed up with in-depth… Read more

Health is made at home, hospitals are for repairs

Is the wonderful title of an article, concerning his own book, in the ‘New Local’ by Nigel Crisp former CEO of the NHS, and now a crossbench peer. He says: I argue in the book that we need to think about health differently and recognise that health creation plays an important role alongside health services… Read more

Common law looks as tho’ it is no longer sufficient for domocracy

The principle of subsidiarity is a European idea – and not just in Catholic Europe, but also in the local parish council. It is basically the idea that decisions should be made as locally as possible. Now, for Catholocism, I think the idea has long been honoured more in the breach than the observance, (though… Read more

Something else we seem to be world beating at..

Or at least beating the rest of Europe at… According to the 2020 release of the annual Good Childhood Report from the Children’s Society, children in Romania enjoyed the highest levels of life satisfaction, with 85% feeling positive, Finland was next with 84% and Spain and France were respectively 82% and 80% . The UK… Read more