It hardly seems to matter these days what the cause is but at the press of a Twitter feed, an instant rent a crowd will turn up to protest loudly and passionately about something, anything, we seem to be living in an age of total intolerance. On the other hand I wonder whether these mindless displays of passion have more to do with a society where individuals are becoming more not less isolated by this age of so called ‘social media’. Continue Reading →
Whilst not the result that I would have thought ideal or expedient, as someone who voted for ‘Leave’ an important part of which was the sovereignty of Parliament in these islands, I have no problem with the ruling of The Supreme Court. I especially appreciated that their Lordships confined themselves to the basic principles rather than get themselves in a tangle over the details.
For Gina Miller this was a “victory” but I suspect that for her, it hardly seems like one and if the Palace of Westminster does it’s job efficiently, legislation should pass before the end of February which is not to say that the principle wasn’t worth fighting for with the vast amounts of ‘lawyer money’ it will have cost her, I suppose. Continue Reading →
John Rentoul, a journalist who often writes common sense articles, wrote one concerning the idea of a “Basic Income” which he considers a very bad idea. http://www.independent.co.uk/voices/basic-income-pilots-scotland-ubi-glasgow-finland-canada-ontario-switzerland-referendum-refuses-to-a7505561.html
In terms of the State paying a basic income to everyone regardless, I would agree it not only doesn’t make economic sense but it also represents the worse aspects of a “moral hazard” for society as a whole. There can never ever be a “something for nothing” in any transaction between the State and its citizens, there must always be a balance struck between rights and obligations for both sides. Continue Reading →
The New Year’s Honours have been greeted by some, one might say the usual suspects with disdain over the continued use of “Empire” in some awards plus the “buggins turn” whereby senior civil servants get an award just based upon rank and service rather than any attempt at justification by personal merit.
This post does not focus on the Honours System which much like the BBC gets hit as an Aunt Sally from all sides of the political spectrum when people feel disgruntled about something and for whatever reason. This post is focused on what reforms we can make to our political system so that it is seen as more relevant and more responsive to, more people. Continue Reading →
Perhaps the most interesting thing concerning Brexit, votes in the Commons on the Brexit timetable and the case at the Supreme Court is just how totally irrelevant it all is to our immediate future as too is ‘globalisation’. Although all the “middle class and better educated” cling onto the idea that somehow the EU and Globalisation are essential benefits to their ways of life in truth they are being total Luddites in their thinking.
Or if you prefer, they are suffering from the same lack of imagination that saw all the guns at Singapore pointing out to sea when the Japanese, being rather unsporting, attacked from the land side which it being the ‘Panto Season’, is definitely a case of “Look behind you white liberal idiots !” Continue Reading →
The British media, ever ready for any drama has a track record of photographers taking pictures of politicians carrying documents to and from meetings that can be clearly read when the images are enlarged. The obvious question arises is “Just how dumb are our politicians and their staff that this keeps happening ?”
This latest instance involves some assistant carrying hand written notes that ‘may’ indicate the UK Government’s desired objectives with regard to EU negotiations or ‘may well not’ but either way, their exposure should not have happened, folders are available and should be used. However this post is not so much about that specifically but more about what happens when people and ‘systems’ meet. Continue Reading →
One of the most striking things following Brexit and the election of Donald Trump is the palpable sense of confusion and fear among the “Establishment” and in particular the media who are failing to see what has happened and likely will happen again in the next year. In simple terms, they just don’t understand it all or if they do, are in total denial about what they are witnessing and this reluctance to face the new reality helps nobody.
The phrase that politics is the art of the possible needs to be properly understood as we all move forward but both politicians and the media need to understand the current starting point. Continue Reading →
Having been in the USA a month ago, I have already posted my take on the “Ugly Pageant” that is the current Presidential race : http://baldysblog.co.uk/2016/09/23/very-loud-and-noisy/ so no point in further comments on it specifically.
However and whilst no fan of Hilary Clinton, I find the last minute intervention of the Director of the FBI in an all too obvious “political move” aimed to disadvantage one candidate little short of astonishing. Snap polls indicate a loss of support for Clinton when this obvious partisan intervention should surely mean that an intelligent electorate would swing behind her. Continue Reading →
I am very fond of Americans, at the personal level over the years that I have visited and for a period, worked and lived in the US, I have largely been always treated with great kindness. This time on a visit to Washington State to see my uncle ‘Nuncky’ and his wife Jean, I have arrived at an interesting if slightly depressing moment in time, the 2016 US Presidential Election.
I write depressing simply because neither candidate inspires great confidence, one has probably been around too long, the other a total lunatic. To outsiders, Presidential races are rather odd in the extreme but this one seems rather odder than ever, even to US voters. A choice between two people who in different ways are equally objectionable and one suspects that in the end the winner rather than inspiring the voters will only be elected as the least worse choice rather than the best for the job. Continue Reading →
It has been obvious for a very long time that the way companies with a global reach operate with regard to their tax affairs is totally unacceptable. The people to blame for this are the political leaders and politicians of all countries who have been both too lazy and/or stupid to start the collective action internationally to put an end to these all too obvious abuses.
Whilst US politicians may howl with synthetic rage at the EU over the £11 billion tax demand which may well turn out to be the right “shot across the bow”, it is time and especially with the potential economic problems facing the global economy for everybody to start thinking and talking about the issue. Continue Reading →