The rise of economics as a method of control

This from the Economist of 29 August reviewing an American book, “The Economists’ Hour”, by Binyamin Appelbaum, which I thought historically instructive:. Few economists worked at the Federal Reserve in the early 1950s. Those who were on the staff of America’s central bank were relegated to the basement, at a safe remove from the corridors… Read more

The constitutional future

I confess that I consider The Queen was very ill-served by her advisors (private secretary?) in granting prorogation of Parliament so readily to Johnson. She is supposed to make her decisions in conjunction with the Privy Council, but it turns out only two of them – both from the government – were there. ls it… Read more

Gove digging deep…

Even the normally supportive ‘Sunday Times’ seems a bit fed up with the antics of Michael Gove – an ex ‘Times’ journalist of course. (Click to enlarge): It seems to suggest that this government is no more coherent that under Johnson’s predecessor, though perhaps with Johnson’s own personal record on coherence it was stupid to… Read more

University thinking

There is an excellent article in the ‘New Statesman’ on education – or more precisely University Education. As an ex (and failed) Polytechnic student, its conclusions ring true (as a lovely lecturer used to say to us, a Polytechnic is the highest form of education in France, unfortunately in Britain, it is the lowest). This… Read more