Corruption at the heart of the state

I don’t usually quote from the Times but even they say – in relation to the recent National Audit Office report: Amid accusations of cronyism, government auditors found that suppliers with links to politicians were ten times more likely to be awarded contracts than those who applied to the Department of Health and Social Care…. 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

Graphs from Indie Sage that are clearer than those at Johnson’s press conference

The first eighteen minutes of this Independent Sage presentation (below) show exactly why we need lockdown now and how ‘Real’ Sage were spot on when they recommended a ‘circuit-breaker’ in September. That, combined with the coincidence of school half-term, could in all likelihood have avoided the current month long or more lockdown. The statistics are… Read more

Sovereignty and development

There is an interesting video on the Modern Monetary Developing World as it were, from Fadel Kaboub, Associate Professor at Denison University (Ohio). He straightforwardly points out that there are degrees of Monetary Sovereignty and hence the full panoply of government powers may not be available to every single country. He indicates that, if a… Read more

Now no money left

At last, are we getting to the realisation that money is created by government will – or as currently, whim? I admire Andy Burnham’s stand. As he says ‘please remember: GM-based businesses have been under these restrictions for 10 weeks with no support.’ So he admits his realisation has come rather late. It looks as… Read more