Hospital Food

At last Labour is concerned with food. It has plans to improve hospital food. “Hospital food” always reminds me of those occasions in pubs, which thankfully, I’ve moved on from, when someone would look at me menacingly in the eyes whilst enquiring whether I liked hospital food. I didn’t know then – and I’m delighted… Read more

BBC Shame

I’ve previously highlighted the blog of the Oxford academic, Simon Wren Lewis. Although I don’t agree with everything he writes, I have to say it is always impeccably argued… This time, there is certainly no contest: Theresa May shows a disregard for people… that I cannot remember in previous Prime Ministers. The current excesses of… Read more

Bus Reregulation?

One of the most striking aspects of the Labour Party’s new bus travel proposals to give all young people under 25 free travel, is that, interestingly, they have been costed for the entirety of the UK, even though transport is devolved, because Labour seems to think that everyone will want the same proposals. I’m sure… Read more

Why didn’t the Skripals die on the spot?

I thought this conundrum worth highlighting as ‘Aunt Theresa’s’ Strong and Stable Military Grade Novichok’ now starts to raise a painful smile. It then actually turns out that a ‘military grade deadly nerve agent’ is, as we are now beginning to learn, not necessarily especially military or deadly after all. The ‘recall’ is probably thanks,… Read more

What industrial strategy?

The government eventually told us after the last Steel crisis that they would be formulating an industrial strategy for Britain. This was published in late 2017, and despite arguing that, ‘It sets out how we are building a Britain fit for the future.’ – it currently remains unclear what it is, except that it seems… Read more

Crowding out commercial lending

A recent Oxford University report points out that banks’ lending to the property sector ‘crowds out’ commercial lending to companies. Usually we are told that government spending ‘crowds out’ private spending. That is a fantasy, but this report shows that the private banks creation of money actually has effects. Although this is no real surprise… Read more