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Empty thinking on housing

Published by Anonymous (not verified) on Wed, 02/03/2022 - 4:52am in

I see the Centre for Cities published an interesting article recently during what was apparently ‘Empty Homes Week’. There is truth in their contention that empty homes are a necessary part of the rental market not only in order to allow tenant changeovers, but also to have sufficient surplus that it is not a sellers... Read more

When the Conservative Party is hollowed out…

Published by Anonymous (not verified) on Tue, 01/03/2022 - 12:32pm in

Both nationally – and especially, locally then finance is important – and it literally promotes misunderstandings about money… …Even when Conservatives feel they know all about household budgeting… For, in fact, Conservatives have precious few members. Even in Conservative Devon, for example, the Conservatives have, in the Exeter Labour dominated City Council area – including... Read more

Authority and Freedom: A Defense of the Arts

Published by Anonymous (not verified) on Tue, 01/03/2022 - 4:00am in

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art, Society

While there have been many periods when the arts inspired some sort of controversy, different times have different troubles. In our data- and metrics-obsessed era, the central problem is that the imaginative ground without which art cannot exist is under threat....

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Enhancing debt servitude

Published by Anonymous (not verified) on Sun, 27/02/2022 - 12:36am in

Students (in England, note – but that will mean the overwhelming majority) are to be in enhanced debt servitude, over 40 years and not just 30. Simply because government., which, let us not forget, creates money when it spends in order to get things done, seems to require our youth being educated to ‘pay back’... Read more

Partygate booze – and the ‘taxpayer’…

Published by Anonymous (not verified) on Fri, 25/02/2022 - 8:39am in

According to Sky ‘No taxpayers’ money [was] used to buy partygate booze‘ – so the implication that ‘we’ didn’t pay for it (see previous post!) makes it somehow alright.. But apart from that, if the booze was personally paid for, how come the parties were still considered ‘at work’? If I was actually paying –... Read more

The only part of money creation that doesn’t require a central bank

Published by Anonymous (not verified) on Fri, 25/02/2022 - 8:36am in

It shouldn’t be a hard hill to climb – but as we all know it is. Yet, the more and more I think about it, it really is the last word in cognitive dissonance… People whose government owns both the Royal Mint and the Bank of England can still believe that, as Thatcher said: The... Read more

Sorrows come not in single spies but in batallions

Published by Anonymous (not verified) on Thu, 24/02/2022 - 8:47pm in

Amid the extraordinarily sad, if not, thanks to a change in American policy, entirely unexpected, news of the invasion of Ukraine, I think various points worth making. Especially as they do not seem to be widely acknowledged. Ukraine was famously, the location of Chernobyl. It has fifteen other nuclear power stations on its territory. We... Read more

We need to have a government that considers itself a shareholder in society

Published by Anonymous (not verified) on Wed, 23/02/2022 - 6:34pm in

Belatedly, I have noticed that even the Evening Standard is getting fed up with government by chaos. They opine: Like the NHS, the country’s welfare system is operating with absolutely no slack — we are keeping a large number of people on incomes so low they can barely survive from day to day. One of... Read more

Emasculated English local government has led to bizarre English populism when Federalism is what we need

Published by Anonymous (not verified) on Tue, 22/02/2022 - 10:46am in

The area in green is the federal world: So nobody can honestly suggest that federalism is esoteric or too difficult – because roughly a third of the world already does it – including most of the American continent. It is time the UK followed suit. It sort of has with Scottish and Welsh devolution but... Read more

Interest rates are fit only for financialism – not life.

Published by Anonymous (not verified) on Mon, 21/02/2022 - 11:28am in

The recent Governor of the Bank of England pleas for restraint is the financiers version of do as I say and not as I do. Of course he’s not even elected and bankers’ bonuses are already on the up. As a rather good article in ForeignPolicy.com, makes clear: What we have today are independent central... Read more

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