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Energy plan that isn’t

Published by Anonymous (not verified) on Thu, 07/04/2022 - 6:00pm in

The government’s energy plan, announced last night represents a shedload of missed opportunities. Most crucially there is nothing about home insulation – and Britain has some of the worst insulated housing stock in Europe. Government states simply that the plan is about supply, not demand – as if somehow, the two operate independently. There is... Read more

Buses back – here and there

Published by Anonymous (not verified) on Wed, 06/04/2022 - 7:55am in

An interesting Guardian article from yesterday highlights the fact that more than a quarter of bus routes outside London have been axed since 2012. The Thatcherite scheme to privatise buses in order to improve services through competition has manifestly failed. It has instead led to a decline in bus travel and the creation of large... Read more

NFT nonsense

Published by Anonymous (not verified) on Wed, 06/04/2022 - 7:43am in

So, our favourite man of the moment from the Treasury, John Glen, has issued a youtube video (the link to which, I’ve unfortunately lost) but no matter – as the text is here. It is, I fear equally, may I suggest? sordid. Or at least, completely useless and driving us up a blind alley. NFT’s... Read more

Pepsi told to fizz off in India..

Published by Anonymous (not verified) on Tue, 05/04/2022 - 7:22am in

I was delighted to hear that in India at least. Pepsico’s effort to copyright their potatoes (owning, as they do, a crisp brand in India – as Walkers is theirs in the UK) has completely failed. A first step, perhaps, towards the decline of the ludicrous intellectual property rights that are usually so protected in... Read more

So this is ‘Pathocracy’s’ disaster

Published by Anonymous (not verified) on Tue, 05/04/2022 - 6:38am in

A little further comment on Pathocracy arrives by an article from a forensic psychiatrist, Bandy X. Lee, who has been interviewed in the Scientific American and even though he is considering the Trump phenomenon, it is worth considering. He suggests: Violence is the end product of a long process, so prevention is key. Quite –... Read more

Guarding against ‘Pathocracy’

Published by Anonymous (not verified) on Mon, 04/04/2022 - 5:08pm in

In an article in the journal of the British Psychological Society ‘The Problem of Pathocracy’, Dr Steve Taylor, Senior Lecturer in Psychology at Leeds Beckett University, draws on the term ‘Pathocracy’ created by the Polish psychologist, Andrzej Lobaczewski, who endured what he called Pathocracy under both the Nazis and the Soviet Regime. He defines Pathocracy... Read more

Discouraging participatory democracy

Published by Anonymous (not verified) on Thu, 31/03/2022 - 5:18pm in

In an idle conversation yesterday it was mentioned that Mayors are part of the ‘levelling up’ agenda. Of course nobody can tell us exactly what the levelling up agenda is, but broadly, I think it can be agreed that central government requires local government to bid for an artificially constrained pot of money in order... Read more

Is Sunak losing friends?

Published by Anonymous (not verified) on Wed, 30/03/2022 - 6:43am in

A remarkable article from Julian Jessop, formerly of the right wing Institute of Economic Affairs, entitled ‘Is the UK government really about to spend £83 billion on debt interest?’, which effectively disses the ‘Spring Statement’ of his right wing fellow traveller, Chancellor Sunak. Remarkably, it mirrors Richard Murphy’s take down here. Jessop’s article concludes, rightly in... Read more

Karyans rag Kernow

Published by Anonymous (not verified) on Tue, 29/03/2022 - 8:43am in

– Otherwise known as Transport for Cornwall… Which has actually achieved what used to be said to be impossible under traditional neoliberal operation (outside London, which I was told, when I wrote to the, post Thatcher, but still believing, Department of Transport, would very soon fall into the, as yet, systemic provincial privatisation and competitive... Read more

P & O and Government Purpose

Published by Anonymous (not verified) on Mon, 28/03/2022 - 9:36pm in

The Guardian reported yesterday of the Transport Secretary: It is understood Shapps will write to Hebblethwaite [P&O CEO] to say there is still time for the firm to reconsider its strategy,and it may as well act because otherwise the government will force its hand. Shapps seems to have taken on board the scandalous sacking without... Read more

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