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The best leader the Police Federation never had

Published by Anonymous (not verified) on Sat, 09/04/2022 - 5:01am in

I much agree with this David Allen Green comment on the resignation of Cressida Dick. Even in her parting comments she confused the Metropolitan Police’s interests with those of London itself. It is true that the Metroploiltan Police are inextricably bound up with the state – and indeed they have more police per head than... Read more

Worrying news from France

Published by Anonymous (not verified) on Fri, 08/04/2022 - 5:44am in

The first round of the French Presidential election is due this coming Sunday and, although I’m not Macron’s greatest fan, he seems like a Titan of competence and care compared with Johnson – so I was very surprised to see these polling results: This shows that LePen might actually win in the second round. An... Read more

Nuclear prefabs

Published by Anonymous (not verified) on Fri, 08/04/2022 - 2:52am in

As the recent government report was so heavily in favour of nuclear I would suggest that we are likely to end up with more of it – even if only (as the Tories would say) in a limited and specific way. In this case we need to support Rolls Royce through additional government investment, in... 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

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

Homes not assets

Published by Anonymous (not verified) on Fri, 01/04/2022 - 6:00am in

A decent, three minute video from Positive Money (PoMo) on the real housing crisis: Although one of PoMo’s solutions is that the Bank of England control bank property lending, I do wish they would make clearer that the crisis is one of affordability caused by that bank lending and not a shortage of housing itself.... 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

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