False conclusions on the Brexit vote

At least someone agrees with me that austerity caused the Brexit vote – even if it is only Alistair Darling on Radio4’s ‘Westminster Hour’. I have long been of the view that with the population increasing, yet with no investment in schools, housing, health or much else (apart from the largely useless prestige project of… Read more

Party funding problems

The news, some time ago now that the Tories are to be investigated yet again for breaking the election rules, this time through a call centre only goes to show they have so much money, they really don’t know what to do with it. Both the Information Commissioners Office and South Wales police, whose inquiry… Read more

‘Democracy in Chains’: a US export that’s not as new as some might claim

On Wednesday I read George Monbiot’s most recent column in The Guardian* in which he briefly discusses James McGill Buchanan, a man who features prominently in US historian Nancy MacLean’s new book, Democracy in Chains: The Deep History of the Radical Right’s Stealth Plan for America. As Monbiot notes, McLean’s book makes what has previously… Read more

Mr Trump just Wants to be Friends

There was a lovely cartoon, I think from a German newspaper, which I cannot unfortunately now trace, but it was a compelling scene. It showed the empty chairs around the table at the Paris climate change talks. They all had the country flags on the back of them, and in the long line of chairs… Read more

Taking back too much control

There is a clause 7 in the European Union (Withdrawal) Bill that seems to have been little mentioned. It states “A Minister of the Crown may by regulations make such provision as the Minister considers appropriate to prevent, remedy or mitigate— (a) any failure of retained EU law to operate effectively, or (b) any other… Read more