On the radio on Saturday UK Cabinet Minister Michael Gove was asked about his party’s promise to plant 50000 trees. The interviewer points out that his government had failed to deliver on similar promises made in both 2015 and 2017. So why should we believe … Continue readingThe La-La Land of Election Promises – and why no-one talks about implementation
I am following the party conference system and trying to identify grown up current or past front bench politicians who seem to have a responsible approach and serious ideas for government. People who strike me as having some practical experience to put behind their words. … Continue readingLet’s back the grown ups!
Here is something for the Tories to consider at their conference this week. According to The Economist (September 15th, p11) only a third of Americans under 35 say that it is vital that they live in a democracy. The share who would welcome military … Continue readingSobering thought about democracy as the Tories gather
In Italy, the Minister of Finance is being threatened by his coalition partners with a ‘mega vendetta’ if his Treasury officials cannot find money from their spending promises. In Germany Mrs Merkel’s close supporter Volker Kauder has been defeated after 13 years as leader of … Continue readingWhatever happened to party unity?
For some years I have argued that companies should follow the example of listed company Handelsbanken and set aside a proportion of their profits into an employee shareholding trust. More recently I suggested that top executives should only be permitted large bonuses or share awards … Continue readingCredit to Labour for their new thinking on wealth creation
Ten years on from the crisis, global debt is not lower but higher by 40 percentage points. And, says Gillian Terry in the FT, it is not the left of politics that has benefited from these capitalist failures but the right! This is the paradox of … Continue readingLook who has profited from the crash
I was invited by TRT World to appear on the television news program Roundtable on Wednesday. The topic was ‘US Socialism: A developing movement?’ and you can watch the entire episode here:
I have rarely felt as ashamed of my country as now reading about people like Valerie Baker, who has lived here since arriving on her aunts passport in 1955. Suddenly last year she got a letter from the Home Office saying she had no right … Continue readingThree lessons to be learned from the UK’ s Windrush fiasco