Public and Power-Broker Brexit Tribes and the Mirror of Erised

In Harry Potter the Mirror of Erised shows the viewer what he/she most wants to see, be it  a sui generis bucolic “country of long shadows on county grounds, warm beer, invincible green suburbs, dog lovers and pools fillers” (John Major), “Old maids bicycling to holy communion through the morning mist” (George Orwell), a vibrant… Read more

Weeping for Kensington

The report by the MP for Kensington and former Kensington & Chelsea councillor, Emma Dent Coad, “After Grenfell: Housing and Inequality in Kensington and Chelsea” makes for horrific reading. Is this really Britain’s richest borough? Is this really Britain’s richest borough in 2017? The reasons why Dickensian diseases are reappearing two centuries later is obvious… Read more

Universal Basic Services – the soup kitchen and others

After free information and free transport, which I considered here the remaining two recommendations of the recent report on Universal Basic Services are free Food and Shelter. At a time of record low interest rates the report’s proposal to issue bonds to finance lots more social housing is uncontroversial. Thereafter there are some very big… Read more

Rail Delivery Commitments

An organisation called the Rail Delivery Group suggested today (according to the Today Programme ) that there has never been more rail investment – with £50billion over the next 18 months. They have taken on four commitments: “Strengthening rail’s contribution to the economy” (- whatever that means?) “Improving customer satisfaction” “Boosting local communities” (- whatever… Read more

Universal Basic Services – Transports of delight?

Information and transport were two of the four flagship services proposed by the recent University College London UBS report. Having reread the report I looked at here the concept of free information through a phone or internet connection should be pretty striaghtforward to implement. Indeed when the government is providing an assured income for providers… Read more

Cut the crap Mrs May and answer some straightforward questions, like what happens to the 40% of lamb exports to the EU after Brexit?

Another day in Parliament and yet another version of what may or may not happen before and after Brexit from that master of the unanswered/unasked question, our Prime Minister. And as with almost everything May says one comes away more confused than before. What appears clear is that by accident or design (and increasingly it… Read more