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What exactly is the definition of a failed state?

Published by Anonymous (not verified) on Thu, 28/04/2022 - 7:24am in

And what, exactly, currently counts? Is it that the UK Justice system is, through lack of investment, is paralysed into incompetence and inactivity? Or that social care is stripped to the bone? Or that local government is eviscerated? Or that the NHS waiting lists are completely out of control? Or that the Police struggle from... Read more

Russia’s war on Ukraine is rooted in neoliberal hubris

Published by Anonymous (not verified) on Wed, 27/04/2022 - 6:44am in

This, it seems to me is the basic conclusion of Professor Guy Standing’s piece – The Neoliberal Origins of Russia’s War. Now I think many of us had long concluded that the oligarchs did not arrive out of the blue and that neoliberals from the capitalist West were too hasty to redesign what had been... Read more

Representative democracy needs to concentrate more on the representation…

Published by Anonymous (not verified) on Tue, 26/04/2022 - 5:00am in

It is a relief that Macron has been re-elected, though the whole binary ‘ballotage’ system is in many ways demonstrative of how democracy gets reduced so quickly to a plague on both your houses. Indeed it forces most of the reasonable French left to support the centrist candidate through fear of an even worse outcome... Read more

Johnson to escape scot-free?

Published by Anonymous (not verified) on Mon, 25/04/2022 - 2:55am in

So Johnson had up until now enquiries into his Covid conduct from the Metrpolitan Police, Sue Gray and now the third enquiry from the Commons Privileges Committee. Now we have a further and fourth inquiry likely, in the form of two complainants who think that the reputation and integrity of the House of Commons has... Read more

Travel pricing

Published by Anonymous (not verified) on Sat, 23/04/2022 - 12:22pm in

Andy Burnham pointed to this bizarre working of the travel ‘market’: Meanwhile for the next month there is the equally bizarre ‘Great British Rail Sale’, giving half-price off peak tickets. In so doing government recognises that price is an important factor in promoting rail travel, yet has spent the last dozen years relentlessly pushing up... Read more

Meaningful Capitalism before coal?

Published by Anonymous (not verified) on Thu, 21/04/2022 - 7:39am in

Is our system which is called Capitalism correctly named? Because you and I can be capitalists, in the sense that we have capital and use it to some effect – but we do not have power over capital. That power is bestowed on those that control finance, as is well documented on ProgressivePulse and elsewhere,... Read more

Another way for Labour to censure Brexit

Published by Anonymous (not verified) on Tue, 19/04/2022 - 12:59am in

The Observer carried an interesting piece on Language Schools yesterday where with an 80% drop in revenue since Brexit, the reckoning is that there are a good 40,000 jobs in the balance. This is another disaster that has been hidden by Covid, but is plain for all to see in empty language schools accross Britain... Read more

That ministerial direction and what it tells us

Published by Anonymous (not verified) on Sun, 17/04/2022 - 5:56pm in

Home Secretary Patel was forced to issue a ministerial direction, the BBC tells us, in order to push through the the Rwanda policy of forcefully exporting refugees. We learn that: Home Office civil servants could not precisely quantify the benefits of the policy, and uncertainty about the costs meant Ms Patel had to take personal... Read more

‘Rwanda Policy’

Published by Anonymous (not verified) on Fri, 15/04/2022 - 6:01am in

Firstly, who knew we had one? Nonetheless this absolutely gobsmacking comment from FT columnist Robert Shrimsley suggests three incisive points: We should also be aware that Rwanda is landlocked and its population is about 12 million – so not a lot more than Greater London – and it is run by a democratic dictator (aren’t... Read more

Putin will be pleased

Published by Anonymous (not verified) on Thu, 14/04/2022 - 7:21am in

What I can only suggest as a certain family frailty* is currently preventing any comprehensive sort of commentary on the current democratic deficit (wasn’t that actually what we were told was the problem with the EU?) that comprises Johnson’s lying to, and misleading of, Parliament – never mind to everyone else… The main reason for... Read more

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