The EU – what should Labour do now?

Apparently there is to be no hard border but the UK is leaving the customs union. These contradictions are part of the recent agreement on Article 50. If the latest Times report is correct EU officials and diplomats were irritated by Mr Davis’s remark at the weekend that the withdrawal agreement was just a “statement… Read more

The road to ‘Cash Not Care’ ~ a personal voyage of research discovery. A guest blog by Mo Stewart

Mo Stewart is a medically retired healthcare professional, a disabled veteran of the Women’s Royal Air Force and, since 2009, has worked as an independent disability studies researcher exposing the influence of corporate America since 1992 with the design of future British ‘welfare reforms’. Her book ‘Cash Not Care: the planned demolition of the UK… Read more

Railroading?

It was encouraging news on a recent Radio 4 ‘Today’ programme when Chris Grayling (the same who, as Justice Secretary wanted to charge defendants found guilty for the cost of their court cases, itself a policy so harmfully stupid that even Michael Gove abolished it) suggested that we are going to be able to open… Read more

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