Reality on Immigration

And what surpised me above all was that this reality was publicised by  – a fashion brand… We could compare and contrast with our ex Home Secretary, now our Prime Minister, responsible for these advertising hoardings:   If fashion is so broadminded and the Prime Minister really does believe in some actual benefit in immigration,… Read more

Strepsils and hope

Nicola Sturgeon has, as we see, come prepared. Perhaps her audience should,themselves, be prepared in other ways. As Nicola refuses to hold an independence referendum before the Brexit negotiations are more ‘fully resolved’, she may be doing us English & Welsh and Northern Irish a favour. If Scotland, having seen the disaster that will be the… Read more

For our Prime Minister: a short history lesson on technological change and human progress

Last Friday my fellow Progressive Pulse contributor, Charles Adams, rightly took issue with our Prime Minister’s claim that a free market economy ‘was the greatest agent of collective human progress ever created.’  We are now familiar with May’s ability to spout nonsensical and frequently hollow statements but this was a peach even by May’s standards… Read more

Science and technology are the greatest agents of collective human progress.

Surely, only a politician could think that: “A free-market economy, operating under the right rules and regulations, is the greatest agent of collective human progress ever created.” Or maybe a politician and an economist. For everyone else, a much stronger case can be made for mathematics and written language, or science and medicine, or the ability… Read more

Lists of the ‘elite’ are interesting, but never forget that power is at its most effective when it is least observable.

Earlier this week, on the 24th September to be precise, The Guardian made a big splash about an analysis of what it claimed were the UK’s most powerful people – the ‘elite’. This provoked various responses, including one from a good friend of the Progressive Pulse blog, Richard Murphy, on his Tax Research blog (http://www.taxresearch.org.uk/Blog/2017/09/25/we-need-good-administrators-but-the-guardians-wrong-to-consider-them-the-elite/)… Read more

Uber – too big to hail

When the London Black Cab Taxi Drivers took Uber to court it was established that not only was the Uber app not the equivalent of being able to ply for random hire in the street as Black Cabs, with their unique set of more onerous regulations, were able to, but also that the app showing… Read more