Windrush convictions

It appears that our new home secretary, Sajid Javid, has yet to get to grips with his new position. He was on yesterday’s Andrew Marr programme suggesting that 32 of those ‘Windrush’ arrivals found by the government to have been wrongly deported were in fact “serious offenders”, so would not be entitled to compensation. Apart… Read more

Potholes, neglect and the wanton vandalism of local infrastructure

No one who uses any form of road transport can have missed the appalling condition of roads in England. But here I need to add an immediate qualifier: I’m talking specifically about urban, suburban and rural roads that fall under the responsibility of local highway authorities (i.e. local councils). I’m not talking about the motorways… Read more

Modern Monetary Theory (MMT)’s flaw for balance of payment deficit nations

Many, if not most, would agree that we have been poorly served by Conservative austerity policies, not just because it engenders economic contraction, but also, even more importantly, because it concentrates on judging the economy using the wrong measure. It is obvious that for sovereign currencies where the government creates its own money government deficits… Read more

Paying the political piper

This is from the latest ‘Sunday Times’ and shows the Top 50 political donations from individuals and private companies in 2017. It reveals that the Conservative Party receives the overwhelming majority of donations – both financially and in numbers – with 47 large donors, or 48 if you count when it was shared with UKIP,… Read more

British government to host summit on why other countries should join the EU

I am grateful to the ‘Independent’ for this piece of toe curling news. “London will in July play host to Western Balkans governments including Serbia and Albania, as well as existing EU member states, to discuss reforms to pave the way to future EU enlargement.” Apparently the Foreign Office said “We remain of the view… Read more