Will Sabre Rattling towards Ireland Work?

Things are not going well with the Brexit negotiations – and the Irish Border in particular is looking intractable. Are the Irish being unreasonable and will the sabre rattling of the ultra-Brexiteers towards Ireland go mainstream and prove effective? From Tudor times right through until the 1970s the relationship between England and Ireland has often… Read more

BoM April 2018

Our April book of the month is Paying for the welfare state in the 21st century: Tax and spending in post-industrial societies by David Byrne and Sally Ruane. Byrne and Ruane state: We decided to write this book because we wanted to stimulate a discussion about the relationships among taxation, the contemporary character of the… Read more

Picture for the side of a bus

This is from MapPorn (I know, it’s sad, I cannot manage the real stuff). It shows the actual major trading import partners of European countries. The German takeover of European trade, including those countries not in the Euro, is pretty much complete… This indicates the flimsiness of Brexiters assumption that Britain is such an important… Read more

The Irish Passport Podcast

Regular readers of this site will be aware I’m Irish. As an anti Brexit Remaniac its a good time to be Irish. I treasure my Irish passport as it will give me guaranteed EU citizenship and I was able to get dual citizenship for my English born teenage son without any difficulty (it took 3… Read more

Hospital Food

At last Labour is concerned with food. It has plans to improve hospital food. “Hospital food” always reminds me of those occasions in pubs, which thankfully, I’ve moved on from, when someone would look at me menacingly in the eyes whilst enquiring whether I liked hospital food. I didn’t know then – and I’m delighted… Read more