The Cost of Energy

There is, understandably, a lot of chatter about energy costs and what can be done to prevent them from causing serious hardship this winter. Unfortunately most of what’s being suggested, not least by politicians (in power and opposition), won’t be much help because of the way that the wholesale energy markets work. The primary aim…

The Sanity Manifesto

A Personal Note I have written this manifesto as a response to the insanity of our political and economic systems, which have locked us into behaviour that threatens our very existence on the planet. I know that the chances of the ideas within the manifesto gaining any traction are infinitesimally slender. Flag-waving, grievance-mongering, conflict-loving tribes…

The Wrong Sort Of Government

For the best part of 50 years I have listened to politicians who are outside of government telling us that the politicians inside government are misguided/incompetent/useless/corrupt/driving the country to wrack and ruin (select as many options as are applicable). And the politicians who are in government never tire of telling us how the country will…

Intelligent Taxation

  The reality of climate change is now firmly embedded in our public discourse. News media are awash with horror stories of fire and flood, and hopeful ones about giant offshore wind turbines, massive solar farms, electric vehicles, and heat pumps. The implication from these is that technology is pushing us in the right direction…

IndyRef2. How To Make It Happen, Democratically.

Opinion polls tell us that the appetite for a second referendum on Scottish independence has grown during the Covid pandemic. The SNP government in Holyrood, which is widely expected to win the upcoming general election, is under pressure to deliver. The Scottish National Party has recently published an 11 point plan which sets out how…

Why Are Peston And Kuenssberg Lying To Us?

Following the financial crisis of 2007/08 the UK government needed to inject huge amounts of money into the financial system to prevent it from collapsing. They did this by selling gilts (fancy IOUs) to the Bank of England and using the money to buy back gilts that it had previously sold to financial institutions like…

The Pyramid of Power

Democracy. A Greek word (demos + kratos) that means “people power”. The idea of government by the people for the people has taken hold around the world because it sounds like a fair and peaceful way to organise our collective effort. But so far we’ve made a pretty poor fist of turning the idea into…

This Is Not Democracy

We need to stop pretending that our pathetic attempt at democracy is in any way fit for purpose. The spectacle of the next Prime Minister of the UK being elected via television gameshow is merely the most ridiculous manifestation of a system of government that has long since given up any pretence of representing the…

Democracy 2.0

“My vote never makes any difference,” is the universal complaint, and one that’s hard to argue with given the crude way that we currently do democracy. But instead of complaining we need to do something about it. We will never reach our destination of Universal Sustainable Prosperity until we devise a better way of making…