Calling it “Taxpayers’ money” creates bureaucracy

Everyone speaks of money as if the taxpayer created it and passed it across to the government, if not with outright hostility then certainly with great circumspection. But since the financial crisis we know that we spend first and tax later. Where otherwise, did that almost half a trillion of ‘Quantitative Easing’ come from? Was… Read more

The right to work: undermined by technological advancements?

“I read the news today oh boy, about a lucky man who made the grade…” which recently tends to be a dot.com entrepreneur who has made billions from a tech start-up employing a handful of people. These success stories are usually accompanied by reports of a company downsizing, rationalizing, restructuring, consolidating, streamlining or one of… Read more

Do you take sugar? No thanks.

Amid the election fever I feel it is still important to draw attention to this cardiologist for whom I’ve long had respect. Although I’ve never met him (probably fortunately!) I’m even more delighted that he was based at what used to be my local hospital, the Lister Hospital, Stevenage. For me he is spot on…. Read more

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