Following the June fiasco of a general election, we now find ourselves with effectively no government. A minority government, at the best of times, is difficult. I was part of such a government in the mid-1970s, but at least we knew what were the priorities and managed over the next few years to carry out […]
(Written in June 2010 updated and reinforced November 2017.) Almost everyone now accepts that global warming is a fact of life and the excess burning of carbon fuels will not only hasten the process, but those very fuels are themselves becoming scarce.
Even though a majority of voters in the London area drive a vehicle, that part of their lives has been ignored by recent policies of London’s Mayors. In fact, London has experienced years of heavy prejudice against the means of transport used by almost everyone. Since 1974, 25% of the streets of London have been […]
Has Britain really gone mad? It is now over a year since my last blog on the subject of brexit. I became seriously ill just after the referendum vote and so here is my response to what has happened in the succeeding year. In those weeks before the vote, most like me thought that it […]
It is time that the truth was told about public ownership and nationalisation. In 1975 the McIntosh Enquiry, on which I worked, found that out of 32 publicly owned corporations and companies just four were making significant losses. They were coal, which was running out, steel which had been starved of investment, railways suffering from […]
It is now over 12 months since my last blog posting. The reason for this hiatus is that I got cancer. And had to undergo some long and complicated surgery which at some stages was life threatening. There were crises and much surgery had to be done twice. From the time I went under in […]
The Brexit world is Weimar Germany all over again. No democracy in sight.
Leaving the European Union will harm us all. Nobody seems to want to know why the Brexit supporters still argue about Europe when the case is lost.
It has been striking throughout this 2015 general election campaign that the subject of taxation has been avoided by all the parties other than to pretend that there will be no tax increases afterwards. But the deficit comes up all the time, and the only policy on offer is austerity. Finally we know that Cameron […]
Housing is now too important to be left to the private sector: and the government has become worse than useless. The banks have loads of cash to lend, but high house prices and static incomes make buying a house impossible. The answer is to return housing policy to the people, and solve the problem locally.