Who’s for Universal Basic Services?

It is encouraging to see innovative proposals for change and the recent report on the Universal Basic Services made for interesting reading. Universal Basic Services are seen as a more economical alternative to the more expensive Universal Basic Income. Firstly I like the originality of the idea – although the first Universal Basic Service was… Read more

Cut the crap Mrs May and answer some straightforward questions, like what happens to the 40% of lamb exports to the EU after Brexit?

Another day in Parliament and yet another version of what may or may not happen before and after Brexit from that master of the unanswered/unasked question, our Prime Minister. And as with almost everything May says one comes away more confused than before. What appears clear is that by accident or design (and increasingly it… Read more

The scarcity myth

According to page 4 of the Principles of Economics by Mankiw – economics is the study of how society manages its scarce resources. or this recent post by Tim Worstall, Senior Fellow at the Adam Smith Institute: there are unlimited human desires but only scarce resources with which to sate them. This is easy to understand… Read more

Is world-leading NHS healthcare an affordable proposition?

Authors: David Laws, Consultant Anaesthetist, City Hospitals Sunderland NHS Foundation Trust, Sunderland, Tyne & Wear, SR4 7TP Professor Charles S. Adams, Department of Physics, Durham University, Durham, DH1 3LE Introduction: The unquestioned assertion that a highly developed currency-issuing nation cannot afford high quality healthcare [1] is based upon a set of inter-related and almost universally-held… Read more

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