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.
The forthcoming 2015 general election is not going to be about what kind of Britain we want to have in the future, but rather how we pay the bills. It has already descended into a kind of supermarket debate. Each side is bidding to offer good things in the future, and none really admitting […]
It is interesting that, among all the tributes paid to Tony Benn, almost nobody has owned up to actually agreeing with his policies, or as he would say, the ‘issues’ on which he fought his many battles (with the possible exception of Diane Abbott). I had personal experience of working with Tony Benn twice in my […]
The fact that there are over two and a half million unemployed adults at a time when we are one of the richest countries in the world is nothing short of a disgrace. That we are wasting the talent and efforts of so many people when we need to promote economic growth should be a […]
From nowhere a caucus opposes the planned Hi Speed 2 railway. Closer assessment dispels these arguments, reinforcing why Britain needs to go ahead with HS2.