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Not going for growth

Published by Anonymous (not verified) on Thu, 12/05/2022 - 9:46am in

Johnson says we cannot apparently improve the economy by spending to get out of trouble (though of course, the post war Labour government seemed to manage that without problem.) Johnson also says we have to go for growth, though his government, with its general tax rises for everyone, clearly has no coherent idea to actually... Read more

EU enlargement a ‘geostrategic intrument’

Published by Anonymous (not verified) on Mon, 09/05/2022 - 11:02pm in

I think this FT article is worth highlighting. It reports an interview with the current Austrian foreign minister and former diplomat in Brussels, Alexander Schallenberg.. He suggested that: … the bloc should consider granting neighbouring states rapid access to “parts of the common market” and to selected EU institutions and programmes as a transitional process... Read more

Why I’m in favour of the right to buy

Published by Anonymous (not verified) on Sat, 07/05/2022 - 11:16pm in

I was reminded of this by a tweet from a Birkenhead MP which was picked up by journalist, Paul Mason: Being in favour of the right to buy may be an unpopular view because there are enormous numbers on council and social housing waiting lists. But the two are connected largely because the right to... Read more

The queue for sovereignty is long and sunlit

Published by Anonymous (not verified) on Fri, 06/05/2022 - 6:39am in

May 5th 2022, 5.22pm The media doen’t mention it and the government doesn’t care – but will have to when – if ever – it institutes the required inbound checks…... Read more

Where do they find these local candidates?

Published by Anonymous (not verified) on Wed, 04/05/2022 - 11:32pm in

A quite remarkable Conservative leaflet has arrived through letterboxes in Hartlepool. The Conservatives have the Union Jack attached to their logo but Labour has the EU flag! No sleight of hand there then… And then a plea not to punish ‘local’ Conservatives for the crookedness – sorry, mistakes – of Westminster! “Please don’t punish local... Read more

Understanding the right wing mind: Thatcherisms lacuna

Published by Anonymous (not verified) on Wed, 04/05/2022 - 6:40am in

I loved @Andrew’s comment earlier that “[Thatcher’s] “living tapestry” is what others might simply call “society”. She sees the threads but others see the fabric”. It set me thinking about what Thatcherite Conservatives actually think government is for. Thatcher famously said: “No-one would remember the Good Samaritan if he’d only had good intentions; he had... Read more

Johnson’s second nature is to lie

Published by Anonymous (not verified) on Wed, 04/05/2022 - 12:46am in

After Johnson’s Susannah Reid interview it seems that there is another more basic purpose for a red bus: Johnson didn’t demur – apparently it didn’t seem in the least strange to him that people might seek warmth on a long bus journey. He even tried to take credit for the London’Freedom Pass’ involved – just... Read more

‘A way of making the Turkey vote for Christmas’

Published by Anonymous (not verified) on Tue, 03/05/2022 - 6:37am in

There is a really excellent article – well worth reading in full- by Gerhard Schnyder, a Professor at Loughborough University, here on ‘Budapest-on Thames’ outlining the current parlous state of UK democracy. I particularly appreciated this paragraph: This post should not be read as ‘Conservatives bashing.’ I am actually not opposed to conservatives or conservatism... Read more

Forget economics…

Published by Anonymous (not verified) on Sun, 01/05/2022 - 6:52am in

If Mrs Thatcher, the cause of most of today’s societal problems, suggested that the object is to change the heart and soul and the method was economics, have we got to change it back again? As I said in a recent reply to @Schofield, there is no doubt that is an uphill task with a... Read more

The only fascist state where the trains do not run on time…

Published by Anonymous (not verified) on Fri, 29/04/2022 - 6:50am in

If the UK is not a failed state it seems well on the way to a fascist one, now that the Lords has voted down amendments that would disallow the Electoral Commission to be supervised by a government minister – a scheme that the Electoral Commission itself argued against. Photographic identity is to be compulsory... Read more

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