Yup, looks about right to me. The BBC is, contrary popularly held belief, staffed by human beings with a past and opinions of their own. These opinions will be shaped by their upbringing and experiences which, in some cases, can be remarkably similar. The journalists will almost certainly be degree educated around 5% of those … Continue reading BBC: Scrap The License, Keep The Bias
Sounds fine to me, does it do what it says on the tin? I think this is a question that isn't asked often enough, maybe there is an alternative to Social Democracy, after all that's the strapline to my blog. I don't see there is any problem in exploring the question to see where it … Continue reading Neo-Liberalism: What Has It done For Us?
More to the point, it's the only offer you're going to get Just before I continue the second part of this blog I'd like it clear that Simon Duffy works for the Centre for Welfare Reform and is an expert on the way the most vulnerable people in our society are treated. These ideas did … Continue reading Gangster Economics Pt 2
This Recipe Looks Familiar. All the original thought in this article is by Simon Duffy, my comments are in green. This post is reproduced with permission and my thoughts are in no way to be taken with Simon's own, although I hope he likes them. Also thanks to Thomas Clark at AnotherAngryVoice. Economics emerged as … Continue reading This Isn’t Neo-Liberalism,It’s Gangsterism Pt 1
All my voting life it seems the UK public rely on Labour to spend then the Tories to do the cutting when we start to feel collective guilt about all the spending. Right now the UK public seems to be of the opinion that it’s time for Labour and greater spending. I also think people have now got the message that the UK cannot go bankrupt as the collective laughter at May comparing us to Greece.
Lilico is a right wing blowhard and he doesn’t have a point about anything. We have the House of Lords and strong institutions that protect us from extremism as the present extremist Tories are finding out. As ever, Lilico is very keen to preserve his privilege and choices at the expense of others. We also have a thriving blogospere holding power to account and challenging to self interested narrative peddled by those such as Lilco who have nothing but scarmongering as arguments.
I hope that the age of divine right is over.
I’m old enough to remember when the libertarian right in the Federation of Conservative Students (FCS) sang Tomorrow Belongs To Me. At the time it seemed all of a piece with the Hang Nelson Mandela posters and their other leftie-baiting antics. It’s only with the benefit of hindsight that we can see just how much tomorrow really did belong to them.
By the mid-1980s, the libertarians in the FCS had vanquished the other two factions, the moderates (or ‘Wets’) and the authoritarians, the traditional Powellite Monday Club right. Their combination of free-market economic policies and a degree of social liberalism was very much in tune with the zeitgeist. Despite some traditionalist authoritarian rhetoric, the main emphasis of Conservative policies during the 1980s and 1990s was economic; deregulation, privatisation and weakening the unions. The period since has been characterised by what David Goodhart called the victory of the Two Liberalisms. George…
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Photo Via AnotherAngryVoice. Thomas Clark was quite angry about Brexit last september and, to be fair, had every right to be. What he wrote that day seems very prescient now. "This total lack of anything even remotely resembling a plan of action that the political class could be held to in the result of a … Continue reading Solving The Brexit Shambles
Mother do you think they'll drop the bomb? I'd like to dedicate this blog to Trident and to whether we'd ever, in any circumstances, use it. This has become rather topical given the latest test in North Korea of an ICBM, which was said to a success in that it didn't land on their … Continue reading Would You Really Drop The Bomb?
I'll Stop Shouting At You When You Admit I'm Right It's terribly fashionable to shout these days especially into to the void that's called Online, trying make yourself heard in the Tower of Babel. I think it's an import from America and how the Right gets things done there, you know all those shouty TV … Continue reading Why Is Everyone Shouting At Me?
What's That Coming Over The Hill, Is It The Inflation Monster? Yes we're back to that old canard again, it's been confidently predicated daily for I've forgotten how long but there is something in it this time. I thought it would be a fairly simple task to type "inflation definition" and quickly copy and paste … Continue reading The Inflation Monster Is Coming.
This seems like the only way at the moment, you have to be in a gang, I am, it's just that it seems I'm the only one it. I have doubts about everyone and everything, I've forgotten the last time anyone ever spoke for me. At the beginning of my adult life there was Thatcher, … Continue reading Do Ya Wanna Be In My Gang?