Basic Security is a superior public good since its value rises if everyone has it

This title is from an interesting article in ‘Open Democracy’ on Universal Basic Income by Professor Guy Standing. Comparing Universal Basic Income to Universal Basic Services he points out that what has been proposed is, in fact, far from Universal. And thus the proposals are beset by distributional problems. This is much the same view… Read more

At least one Tory gets why the WTO and zero tariff conditions would be disastrous

At least one Tory leadership candidate understands No Deal would be a disaster for all our futures… Good on you @RoryStewartUK pic.twitter.com/QQpEBHnysn — Our Future, Our Choice (@OFOCBrexit) May 30, 2019 What he doesn’t mention in that under WTO rules, having instituted zero tariffs, even if food might, initially, be cheaper to import it is… Read more

The Tin Can Cook

This is short –  but I think I should simply highlight the crowdfunder for the ‘Tin Can Cook’ where any excess – over and above funds required to publish the actual book, which now seems to be funded, will go to help foodbanks. But she tells you all about it! Although I’ve long respected Jack… Read more

The progressive Conservative?

Like everyone else I am thinking about declaring my candidacy for the Conservative leadership. A good friend, of long standing, said I should ‘go for it’ and I thought, “Well, why not?” After all, I fancy myself as a bit of a comedian and have an overinflated opinion of my intelligence, but more than that… Read more

Either Britain’s word is its bond or impoverished chaos beckons…

I see that the Professor of Economic History at All Souls College, Oxford, Kevin O’Rourke, has pointed out that under the extension agreement published by the EU under “LEGAL ACTS: EUROPEAN COUNCIL DECISION taken in agreement with the United Kingdom extending the period under Article 50(3)TEU” In item (12) This extension excludes any re–opening of… 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