The White Paper and Two Tribes

The White Paper The long awaited Brexit White Paper was released yesterday. I had a few hours and started reading. I am used to reading complex documents, for example PhD theses. Some years ago I had the pleasure of being external examiner for two PhD theses at Durham and University College Dublin within a few… Read more

Conservatives for Irish Unification

Boris Johnson, rather unwisely, I thought, included the expression the “end of the dream” in his resignation letter, (a resignation which, Caroline Lucas suggested, would enable him to spend more time with his photographer). So, amid all the bluster and buffoonery Boris Johnson has dreams? I suspect they were largely of becoming Prime Minister, but… Read more

Neoliberalism is no philosophy but simply another pressure group

I quote from the New Economics Foundation (NEF) “deepen the inequalities and inefficiencies of neoliberalism.” This suggests neoliberalism is a philosophy. I profoundly disagree. It is rather a pressure group that was smart enough to endeavour to create an idea. I think the NEF should know better. We must beware – neoliberalism is NOT a… Read more

Business Rates or bust?

There is, or was: Maplin, Betterware, Kleeneaze, Bargain Booze, Toys’r us, Jones the Bootmakers, Brantano Shoes, Store 21, Jaeger and BHS. Homebase was sold for £1 and Poundworld is also, it now appears, likely to be on the way out. Mothercare and House of Frazer are closing stores and even M&S has announced it is… Read more