Capturing democratic thought

Farage has intimated numerous times that he thinks ‘our’ democracy is broken, without, as usual, ever outlining what to do about it – except of course getting the ‘Brexit Party’ to fight the next election. Farage’s solutions are much as Macbeth thought about life – full of sound and fury, signifying nothing. Even so, let… Read more

Mutuality Versus Banking – which to prefer?

In this article the City Editor of the FT, no less, says that Labour is right “Britain’s private utility model is broken.” Here is a riddle that is not so difficult to unpick. Between their privatisation in 1989 and last year, English water companies were permitted by their regulator to generate operating cash flows totalling… Read more

Marxist ideas seem to have assisted Mrs Thatcher with her purpose

At least that is the conclusion I’ve pretty much come to since the idea that the government has no money seems to be shared, not only by the obscurely financed Taxpayers’ Alliance, but also by Marxists. In this linked ‘Medium’ article, which though undeclared, seems to be heavily reliant on Paul Mason’s thinking, it is… Read more

On probation

I came accross this simple chart to summarise the privatisation of much of the probation service which shows what a complete disaster it has been: (Note: CRCs are Community Rehabilitation Companies: NPS is the National Probation Service – the bit that is still state run; TR is Transforming Rehabilitation; MoJ is the Ministry of Justice. Double… Read more

President for the Rich

There have been many recent reports of the generosity of several of France’s richest families giving to the fund that has been set up to rebuild Notre-Dame. Bernard Arnault of LVMH gave €200m and even put his own creative, architectural teams at the state’s disposal. His son, Antoine, was quoted as saying “As caretakers of… Read more

Poles

The title is purposely ambiguous because I feared this would be a rant about ‘The Poles’ as in Polish people, (one of whom particularly is a friend)! In fact I’d written to my local councillor about telegraph poles –  she replied with this succinct title. I discovered that BT is actually allowed to put up… Read more