In favour of a form of nationalisation – but with the co-operative dividend

I encountered an incisive summary of why nationalisation is a good idea – even though, personally, I consider it, as usually understood, often, less than ideal… There are five reasons in favour: Privatisation has failed Public ownership would save billions Public ownership is successful Public ownership is popular The NHS All of which I certainly… Read more

The Independant reports on the nasty party at work

‘The Independent’ – about whose ownership I am somewhat dubious, seems nonetheless to have had some interesting and informative reporting recently. They publicised a recent report which shows that “£15bn of health service contracts have been handed to private companies since 2015.” Free at the point of use it may be but when private companies are making… Read more

Egos ‘r’ us

Should really be the motto of the Conservative Party. Not only have they drawn up a ‘smearing manual’, full of falsehoods and half-truths to use against both Labour and the LibDems, but they also have threatened to review Channel Four’s broadcasting licence, because the Channel not unreasonably, chose to replace Johnson’s non appearance with a… Read more

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

The Pothole Manifesto

Is, I think, an apt description of the 2019 Conservative Manifesto. Even the IFS considers the manifesto to be devoid of anything of great consequence – indeed the £2billion pothole fund maybe its star spending plan and would have been completely unneccesary if the Tories had actually funded local authorities properly. They seem belatedly to… Read more

An advent calendar for our times..

Led by Donkeys has launched an Advent calendar: To celebrate the Johnson/Farage seasonal kinship, we’ve launched a Tory-Brexit Party electoral alliance advent calendar. Open a new door each morning between now and election day to see examples of lies, lunacy and hypocrisy from the Brexit Party and their new electoral allies, the Conservatives. In addition… Read more