The Lesson Of Brexit

Brexit is an object lesson on the folly of blind enthusiasm. We had the gung-ho Brexiteers (Farage, et al) who could see no further than the demonisation of Johnny Foreigner and his dastardly European project. No word of what breaking free from the EU might actually entail. Then we had the shiny-faced boys at the…

Labour Needs To Tell The Truth About Tax

If the UK has another general election this year (or next) Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour Party will lose. Again. In their euphoria at outperforming everyone’s expectations in the election just past Mr Corbyn and his merry crew appear to have overlooked the fact that they polled the best part of a million votes fewer than the…

Pressing The Red Button

This topic is outwith the usual scope of this blog but last night’s BBC Question Time Q&A has me wondering how many of us understand how a nuclear deterrent is supposed to work. During the Q&A there was some hostility to the idea that a putative Prime Minister (Jeremy Corbyn) wouldn’t “have the guts” to…

The Magic Money Tree

Last night in a debate hosted by the BBC Amber Rudd (Home Secretary of the current UK government, Conservative, desperately scrabbling to win a general election that she thought was in the bag on the day it was announced) repeatedly accused Jeremy Corbyn (current leader of the opposition, Labour, getting dangerously close to making fools…

The Meaning Of Trump

When you’ve exhausted your indignation at, and despair of, the people who voted for Donald Trump please read this article by Thomas Frank¬†which¬†goes some way to explaining what’s just happened in the USA, why we’re in the throes of Brexit, and why the likes of Geert Wilders and Marine LePen are looking increasingly bright-eyed and…

A Breath Of Fresh Air

A year ago I wrote that “Labour’s *New* Economic Strategy Makes Me Want To Scream”. With frustration, that is, not delight. Last November John McDonnell, Labour’s shiny new shadow chancellor, was telling us that diversification, innovation and public investment were going save us from the dead-end of Tory austerity. Mr. McDonnell appeared to be as…