Localism and control

There is an interesting ‘New Statesman’ article on the renewed, relative, prosperity of  Preston, where, as county town of Lancashire, localisation of expenditure has been a great success. When you think about the success it should not be surprising for it stands to reason that every time you make a purchase at Sainsbury’s the profit… Read more

Flying solo

And now the UK has failed to negotiate its way into specific World Trade Organisation terms. Reuters says Britain signalled on Thursday that its attempt to seal terms for its post-Brexit membership of the World Trade Organization by a fast-track procedure had failed, and it must now enter negotiations which are likely to be lengthy…. Read more

Driverless cars – really?

An interesting article by Christian Wolmar, former transport correspondent of ‘The Independent’ and former Labour candidate in south London. It concerns self driving cars – and I have to say I cannot disagree with any of it. Addison Lee, a London minicab company, has effectively spotted an opportunity and now say they are going to… Read more

Free time and GDP

The Green Party has proposed a free time index as a better measure of the economy than GDP. Perhaps. But is childcare free time? If it is is it is often pretty hard work! And if it isn’t, then we could find that to have a beneficial free time index we mustn’t have children…. Still,… Read more

Here’s where Leadsom is actually right

Saturday’s Guardian says, “Andrea Leadsom outbid them all when she dreamed of a future when there was “absolutely no regulation whatsoever – no minimum wage, no maternity or paternity rights, no unfair dismissal rights, no pension rights – for the smallest companies that are trying to get off the ground”. This was what Molly Scott… Read more

Hostile environment for GB

The hostile immigration environment has consequences – even for the country itself. An Bloomberg article outlines how: Corina Cojocaru, Moldova’s economic counselor to the WTO, and her team were denied entry to the U.K. last year when they wanted to discuss their future relationship with Britain after it leaves the European Union. And Cojocaru has… Read more