Happiness Revolution. A Guest Blog by Peter Dawe.

Come the Revolution! Many have the opinion that the current western Neo-liberal, captured democracies are due to fail. Come the revolution there is a period of chaos and then the first group that organises effectively becomes the de-facto government. Look at revolutions worldwide since Cromwell to see the pattern. The current instabilities of the UK,… 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

Corporate Diet

It is of considerable surprise – to me at least – that Tesco has been given the go-ahead by the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) to take over Bookers. That’s Britain’s largest food retailer taking over Britain’s largest food wholesaler. Tesco also runs its own convenience stores which is an area where Booker are very… Read more

Using Local Currency for Reform – Radical or Reckless?

It seems clear that Manchester is not going to be reimbursed by central government for the full cost of the Manchester arena terrorism attack by central government presumably because central government ‘does not have enough money’ – although it prints it. Perhaps a local currency could provide a little help. Local currencies seem to be… Read more

Housing horrors

In France the government has decreed that many more ‘HLM’s (Habitations à Loyer Modéré or Homes at Moderate Rent) must be sold. But, although HLM are the equivalent to our council housing, there is no subsidy for the tenant – only first refusal on the purchase. Unsurprisingly the homes (almost invariably flats) are proving difficult… 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

‘Non-recourse’ loans

Following comments on modern banking, I’ve discovered an idea with which I was previously unfamiliar ‘Non-recourse loans’. A minority of US states have non-recourse loans, including California and Washington State, so nobody can suggest they are incompatible with Common Law systems or are unworkable or punitive for lenders. A non-recourse loan is where, if you… Read more

Fat chance

“Obesity is unlikely to occur (although it is not unknown) without the refinement of foods, because without such refinement it is hard for the body to process enough food to obtain a large excess of calories. Modern refinement frees calories and provides them in concentrated packages, making  over-consumption possible. Given the costs of transportation and… 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

Universal Basic Services – Transports of delight?

Information and transport were two of the four flagship services proposed by the recent University College London UBS report. Having reread the report I looked at here the concept of free information through a phone or internet connection should be pretty striaghtforward to implement. Indeed when the government is providing an assured income for providers… Read more