Cash or Data Protection?

This, remarkably, from a recent issue of ‘The Times’ As Sweeden is in the vanguard of the cashless society it just goes to show how completely misleading such an idea is. We might also like to consider whether we really want the payment processors taking their commission percentage on everything – for ever, and knowing… Read more

BoM May 2019

Our May book of the month is Fintan O’Toole’s Heroic Failure – The Delusions of Brexit. Fintan O’Toole’s book appeared some months ago and is an analysis of some of the myths surrounding Brexit and the deep hold it had on the English psyche. This was in the context of the Brexit referendum. With the… Read more

Westminster: Most Similar Country Ireland? – A new EU Regional Productivity Analysis

Introduction An interesting paper “The big European sort? The diverging fortunes of Europe’s regions” has been published by the Centre for European Reform (CER). Such papers are of great interest at PP. The paper analyses regional productivity. As a single metric productivity is one of the best, but as Charles Adams says, in order to… Read more

Bregrets and Consequences

Well, this is interesting. Cameron asked Junker not to intervene in the referendum. He says if he had not agreed he could have refuted the lies. Which, let’s be frank, were numerous. Would it have been counterproductive? Perhaps, but on balance I tend to think it unlikely, as it is likely to have been a… Read more

The European Elections: the UK Electoral Map and Parties

Introduction Previous posts discussed the UK European election voting systems and the make up of the European Parliament. Here the UK situation is discussed, in terms of constituencies and parties. Parties that have been included have a likelihood (or a decent possibility) of gaining seats in the election. The Constituencies   Figure 1 from Democratic… Read more

Porridge isn’t working

According to Freedom of Information figures published by the ‘Byline Times’ (motto: what the papers don’t say): Thousands of prison officers have been referred for mental health-related assessments in the past year-and-a-half – almost one in eight (12%) of the total number in the role……. ….The figures come at a time when violence in prisons… Read more