The problems of financialised ‘shareholder’ democracy

I’ve just taken part in an Open Democracy webinar on ‘After the Facts?’ – the truth about fake news. The title refers to the book by one of the speakers, Marcus Gilroy Ware, who lectures at the University of the West of England. The other speaker was Ece Temelkuran, who has her own considerable book… Read more

Victims of the “the overwhelming might of the state”

This is a quote from Rishi Sunak, who is profiled in ‘Tatler’, which although I feel sure absolutely all our readers subscribe to, I will offer the link nonetheless. When your Chancellor is in ‘Tatler’ you have to realise that he has arrived – even if none of the rest of us has. (The article… Read more

Except for the barons, neoliberalism is a blind alley

There is an interesting book review of “Rentier Capitalism – “Who owns the economy and who pays for it?” by Brett Christophers here. Now I must emphasise that I haven’t read anything but the review itself (indeed I don’t think the book has yet been published) but the review suggests to me certain conclusions. First,… 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

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

‘Sheltering’ the Economy…

“Save lives, protect the NHS” and “shelter the economy” is, according to Laura Kuenssberg (and I’m sure Progressive Pulse readers will be well aware that I read no-one else) what Johnson now wants to do. It is ‘shelter the economy’ that I find more than usually fantastical. It is as though the economy were not… Read more

Victorian government Public Health

I have looked at at a BBC Factcheck on Covid -19 testing, which is certainly interesting, and seems to put Britain near the top in Europe – for testing. Fine, for Britain, which, as the cradle of Public Health, unsurprisingly it should be. The originator of the industrial revolution really should know all about it……. Read more

Payments need to go ‘bankless’

I’ve seen it suggested that if bank payments are called ‘cashless’, then cash payments should be called ‘bankless’. We need more of this – there is no reason why we have to give banks more power than they have already. The banks, of course do all they can to influence government and with Chancellor Sunak… Read more