Setting out to fail and controlling the consequences: the real purpose of the 2017 General Election

Since Theresa May’s Eureka moment while walking in North Wales the public have been told, relentlessly, that the reason she decided to break her many promises that there would be no early general election was because a victory for the Tories would strengthen her negotiating position in the forthcoming talks with the EU 27. This… Read more

Building Bridges

Let’s just dive right in and state the obvious. We’re living in a very angry, polarised, post-truth society which has most of us shaking our heads in bewilderment on a daily basis. We are barely coping with both the speed and the direction of the changes that have been thrust upon us. The institutions and… Read more

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