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

Some data on the UK housing problem.

We hear a lot about the housing crisis and following on from a discussion on Richard Murphy’s blog I thought I would have a look at the data. Ideally all discussion should begin with data—in data there is truth—but we should remember that data-ists have enormous freedom as to what data to choose and how… Read more

May the slogan-master: what a dead-end approach to EU negotiation really looks like

One would think that having lost an election that was apparently in the bag through the endless repetition of a banal slogan, amongst other blunders, Prime Minister May would have learnt a valuable lesson. But following on from her lacklustre ‘dynamic’ speech in Florence, and a torrid time at the Conservative Party conference, May was… Read more

BoM October 2017

Our October Book of the Month is The Lure of Greatness by Anthony Barnett. In 2016 two surprising explosions of popular contempt for the existing order drove Britain into Brexit and paved the way for Trump’s presidency of the United States. On both sides of the Atlantic, proud regimes with global pretensions were levelled by… Read more

GFC 2008: cock-up not conspiracy

A new study by the US National Bureau of Economic Research has found that the reason for the high default in mortgages prior to the 2008 financial crisis was not, after all because of loans to sub-prime lenders. It builds on the conclusions of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology who have long maintained that sub-prime… 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