In favour of a form of nationalisation – but with the co-operative dividend

I encountered an incisive summary of why nationalisation is a good idea – even though, personally, I consider it, as usually understood, often, less than ideal… There are five reasons in favour: Privatisation has failed Public ownership would save billions Public ownership is successful Public ownership is popular The NHS All of which I certainly… Read more

Why Devolved Government doesn’t work when someone else pays the bills. – A Guest Post by Rogue One

 I decided to write this article after reading Sam McBride’s excellent, articulate and comprehensive book Burned covering the RHI scandal.  What interests me most about the book isn’t so much the RHI scandal itself, but what it reveals about the inner workings (or more accurately the dysfunction) at the heart of the system of devolved… Read more

The Independant reports on the nasty party at work

‘The Independent’ – about whose ownership I am somewhat dubious, seems nonetheless to have had some interesting and informative reporting recently. They publicised a recent report which shows that “£15bn of health service contracts have been handed to private companies since 2015.” Free at the point of use it may be but when private companies are making… Read more

BoM December 2019

Our December book of the month is Burned by Sam McBride. The book is a forensic investigation into the scandal of the Renewable Heating Initiative (RHI). It becomes a devastating exposé of the political dynamics and moral culture of the regime at Stormont. His verdict? “Rank dysfunctionality”, and “feckless profligacy – or worse”. Foster as… Read more

Problems at the checkout

This made me smile – amid the very sad chaos of London Bridge and the almost as worrying election… An Asda twat has a very specific price and given the recent ‘Which’ report and the fact that Asda originally invented Black Friday in the UK (owned, as it is, by American based, Walmart) it has… Read more

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Egos ‘r’ us

Should really be the motto of the Conservative Party. Not only have they drawn up a ‘smearing manual’, full of falsehoods and half-truths to use against both Labour and the LibDems, but they also have threatened to review Channel Four’s broadcasting licence, because the Channel not unreasonably, chose to replace Johnson’s non appearance with a… Read more