Potholes, neglect and the wanton vandalism of local infrastructure

No one who uses any form of road transport can have missed the appalling condition of roads in England. But here I need to add an immediate qualifier: I’m talking specifically about urban, suburban and rural roads that fall under the responsibility of local highway authorities (i.e. local councils). I’m not talking about the motorways… Read more

At last! The Japanese speak out (but too late to stop disaster)

And so, at last, members of one of the major manufacturing sectors in the UK – Japanese car makers – backed up by their government, meet with our powerless Prime Minister to publicly express their concern at the direction in which Brexit is heading. In so doing they unambiguously emphasise that should it come to… Read more

Our New Format

Regular readers of Progressive Pulse will have noticed that we have a new cleaner format thanks to the hard work of Nick Koronka. Whereas the PP team think this is a great improvement as usual there may be minor niggles. If you find anything that doesn’t work as expected; broken links etc. please  add comments… 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

Brave New Europe

An interesting new website has appeared this week called Brave New Europe. The goals are similar to progressive pulse but on a pan European scale. I have an article on how rising inequality is a market failure that needs fixing in order to avoid a continual sequence of economic and political crises.  … Read more

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

Ivan Horrocks 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… Read more

Happy Brexit Day?

A short from Dr Mike Galsworthy spokesperson for Scientists for the EU; he is normally well worth listening to. “Happy Brexit Day! But why aren’t the tabloids celebrating? None of them dare mention it on their front pages today despite bigging up “Independence Day” last year. Here’s why… they know the mood is changing and… Read more