Boris. Living Proof That You Can Be Rich And Stupid

I don’t know what Boris Johnson’s IQ is but his speech at the annual Margaret Thatcher Lecture¬†suggests that he is a spectacularly stupid little man. At the core of his speech was a celebration of Margaret Thatcher’s success in transforming Britain into “a buccaneering environment where there was no shame – quite the reverse –…

Scotland’s Future: Business As Usual (More Or Less)

I have just ploughed my way through the first four chapters of Scotland’s Future, the Scottish Government’s white paper which argues the case for voting “yes” in next year’s referendum on Scottish independence, and outlines the Scottish National Party’s “priorities for action” should they be voted back into government after Scotland becomes independent. I confess…

Not only is Help To Buy stupid in terms of pumping up the housing debt bubble (as explained here), it’s also an expensive alternative to renting, according to this analysis by pricedout.org.uk. Apparently you’re better off renting than being an average first time buyer using Help To Buy.

Rights Or Obligations: Which Is It Going To Be, Scotland?

I have just watched this interview in which Ross Ashcroft of the Renegade Economist¬†talks to author and film-maker David Malone about democracy, economics and more. There’s a lot of good stuff in it but one idea struck me as something really special. David Malone argues that the idea of individual rights – human, constitutional, whatever…

Don’t Panic – The Truth About Population. Professor Hans Rosling telling us how it actually is. Entertaining and inspiring. Please share this far and wide.

Russell Brand Ate My Hamster!

A couple of weeks ago, prompted by lots of activity on facebook, I published this article about Russell Brand’s recent interview with Jeremy Paxman. A few days later I published this one about how our insane system of money-as-debt is slowly driving our economy off a cliff. The Russell Brand article has been viewed by…