‘Unleashing the potential’ of individuals entails continuing education

Yet the ‘Guardian’ reports that 3.8 million fewer people are in adult education compared to the beginning of the decade. This is of course, the inevitable result of austerity, though how spending less on education can ever represent good value for anyone, let alone a currency issuing government is quite beyond me. How much more… Read more

Were the Postal Votes really up by 19%?

The ‘Herald Scotland’ has reported concerns over Conservative links to an election count firm involved in postal voting. Yet the irony seems to be that the problem in England and Wales is even worse. As AC Grayling suggests: Mere speculation, but: dodgy postal vote spike, dodgy Tory funding, Kuenssberg breaking electoral rules – what’s the… Read more

The competitive insecurity of money as a religion

‘Le Monde’ and also – in more detail – the ‘New York Times’ have reported on President Macron’s interesting recent efforts in West Africa. Macron has persuaded the ex French West African colonies to abolish their previous ‘CFA’ currency, requiring 50% of foreign currency reserves to be kept in the French Treasury (who knew?). A… Read more

The poison of disinformation

Five years too late I have discovered this short piece on ‘non-linear warfare’. But its conclusions still hold true: It is very much links up with this thoughtful piece by Adam Ramsay on Open Democracy, which speaks of the ‘poison of disinformation’. Most people are thoroughly disorientated and the Mainstream Media are, intentionally or not,… Read more

The unmaking of Britain

This is an interesting article from the former BBC and FT jounalist, Chris Cook, on ex PM Cameron’s book, which is well worth reading (the article that is – not the book!) It is a pretty excoriating piece on the vacuousness of Cameron – with which sentiment, unsurprisingly, he suggests, Dominic Cummings amongst others, agrees…. Read more

‘Electoral reform’ for the Tories is voter identity

The Independent reports that yesterday’s Queen’s speech suggests that Johnson’s government will seek to make voter photographic identification mandatory. This should, perhaps, be something that is completely unremarkable. After all, such ID has long been required in Northern Ireland, and in most European countries an identity card is required to be shown prior to voting…. Read more