Our local government has been hung out to dry

I’ve already alluded to some of the current problems faced by local authorities and the budget’s utter failure to address them. But I particularly appreciated this in the Guardian: The government has encouraged councils to quietly come to it for help, rather than unilaterally declare insolvency. Wary perhaps of the alarming optics of a long… Read more

The budget is a disaster for local authorities

This March budget was, I think, as disappointing as feared. What has not been properly pointed out is that Local Government is still to be subject to further financial cuts from Central Government. This is quite amazing as local generally, and Local Government in particular has done so much good in the Covid crisis. Thus… 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

Is Nye Bevan right?

So the Australia type deal that Britain will flourish under, according to Johnson, is a trade deal that, in fact, Australia is trying to actually improve in the already existing trade talks with the EU, where both sides have agreed that: The discussions confirmed a shared commitment to rules-based trade as well as to helping… Read more

Is rebellion imminent?

This moving piece from Channel 4 news and from a real small employer (rather than a grasping rentier capitalist) correctly explains why so many are completely adrift in the government’s occasional, random and unscientific lockdowns. For sure the science is uncertain – but the money creation to ensure both the lady in the interview and… Read more