Labour’s dilemmas and how to resolve some of them

I have mentioned Russ in Cheshire before. He has proved to be an interesting if unconventional twitterer. What follows is no more than the truth and yet practically every media outlet treats Labour’s tax proposals as rampant Marxists stealing all of our income. Really? Labour’s tax plan only affects people earning more than 3 average… Read more

Conservative Government mismanagement of the NHS is plain for all to see

The news last week that the delays and target failures in the NHS are substantially worse than ever before is regrettably, unsurprising. Dr Rachel Clarke has pointed out that since the Conservatives have been in government, surgical waiting lists have soared to 4.4 million; district nurses have been culled by 50%; 15,000 hospital beds have… Read more

A government can never ‘over’spend…

Spending is literally what governments are for. Governments may not tax back sufficient of their expenditure to prevent inflation, but the level of inflation is a democratic choice. It cannot be ‘over’spending for exactly that reason. I thought the explanation (below -just over two minutes) of how the BBC has, helped, over the last decade,… Read more

Neoliberal lies are certainly present in Brexit too

This was the FT’s front page yesterday (double click to enlarge): I’ll spare comment on Mr Putin’s Siberian holiday… in favour of the second article – an estimate by HMRC that outside the EU it would cost British business 15 billion pounds to fill in time-consuming and inconvenient customs declarations – based on the 215m… Read more

Selling by the left

I confess I am not usually a fan of Jacobin, which often seems to me, to overstate its case. However there is an interesting article here where I have some considerable sympathy. The article points out the initial joy of the Barrack Obama election success. The author starts: I came to my politics the way most… Read more

Market based capitalism can’t compete with state sponsored capitalism

There is an interesting article here on how Trump is effectively bound to be outsmarted in his trade war with China. America suffers from the same problem as Britain – it doesn’t make much anymore. So if the currency reduces in value there is no opportunity to increase exports because it there is nothing much… Read more

The dilemma of neoliberal capitalism: whose efficiency and whose resilience?

National Grid claimed, after the recent power cut  that they had been efficiently supplying electricity without fault since the last time the same thing happened eleven years ago in 2008. Now, I’m paraphrasing slightly and the chap was rather less smug than this suggests but it still poses the question: whose efficiency and what about… Read more