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.
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 […]
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 […]
You are certainly a very nice man and quite evidently an intelligent leader of your party. However, you are allowing your opponents to set your agenda. This puts you on to the defensive all the time. You must control your own agenda and to do so it needs to be new, easily understood, and positive.