I started writing this blog back in November 2007 and at the time dis so in part, because I wondered if I could sustain the effort required to post frequently. That was an interesting experience if only because it demonstrated just how difficult it must be for journalists to not only write regular columns against a publication deadline but also to keep up a consistent quality in their content. Continue Reading →
Last year Mckinsey & Company issued an interesting study on the impacts of automation on the global economy, the following is a direct link to where you can download the PDFs: https://www.mckinsey.com/global-themes/future-of-organizations-and-work/what-the-future-of-work-will-mean-for-jobs-skills-and-wages
For an effective summary of the main thrust of that report, The Verge does a pretty good job: https://www.theverge.com/2017/11/30/16719092/automation-robots-jobs-global-800-million-forecast Continue Reading →
Although at the root of it are two very different “past politicians” vying for some kind of relevancy in today’s world, they have formed an interesting conjunction with a perhaps unexpected result. Tony Blair insisting that with him in the frame, in a second referendum on the EU the British electorate will have come to their senses and vote for remain. Nigel Farage bored with not being the centre of attention any more, would welcome the opportunity to fight a second referendum.
Of course and despite the ardent desires of Remainers like the FT, The Economist, Blair, Clegg, Miller and the like, the possibility of another referendum has been greeted with total silence by the electorate. Continue Reading →
This is a second part to my thinking about the future direction of the UK economy and just as I touched on the NHS in my previous post, in this I will be using the Armed Forces as the basis of looking into the future. Rather like the NHS, the Armed Forces combine expensive hardware and the need for considerable manpower and all paid from tax payer funds.
Unlike the NHS though, armed forces spending is constantly being squeezed and budgets are always under extreme pressure but there is a problem with that because the forces need to combine being a deterrent to potential aggressors with always being action ready so there is only so much cutting that can be done. Continue Reading →
One of the most interesting things about the Labour Party under Corbyn is how it has reverted to a world view based upon Marxist principles including public ownership of the ‘means of production and distribution’. Whilst this is in part a knee jerk reaction in trying to distance themselves from Blair and New Labour, it is also quite amusing in that it totally misses the point that there may be the case for State intervention but it certainly won’t be as they imagine it.
In fact before deciding on policies, they would be best first discussing the role of the State in a modern society rather than 100 years ago, where it has both a place and a duty to intervene plus where it does not and should never interfere. This is the first part of a two part post where I am musing about possible futures. Continue Reading →
Some days ago The Independent newspaper ran an editorial and a number of associated articles which were calling for a second referendum on Brexit. Despite the many protestations in this editorial, it was exactly what it said it wasn’t and is a total disgrace because behind it all lies the arrogant assumption that those who voted to leave the EU were both ignorant and stupid.
At its heart is an unwillingness to accept the majority decision and that is unacceptable because first past the post is the system we live under and secondly, if the majority had been for Remain, they wouldn’t accept a second referendum either. Continue Reading →
There was a time some years ago when I often engaged in “Comments Wars” on the Daily Telegraph but what with pay walls and the automated “moderation” of comments that all became rather boring. However by accident rather than design, I have recently got caught up with on line comments debates which sometimes are quite amusing.
The thing is that papers like the FT and The Economist are protected by pay walls but both publish the short videos they have on their own websites on YouTube (mean gits !) so you can get to comment there and obviously the theme currently is very much Brexit. Continue Reading →
Mainly because I have been busy on other things, I have not been posting much of late either here or on my ‘Pictures’ website but that does not mean that I have not been keeping an eye on recent events and in particular the current state of play concerning the Brexit negotiations.
A journalist I like is John Rentoul of the Independent, he is about the only sensible voice that paper has and even he in a recent piece noted the constant negativity of the media towards Brexit and he is right, the tone of the British media rarely rises above depressing on most topics. It seems to reflect a world where no matter what the event or circumstances, stuff a microphone in someone’s face and they feel impelled to bitch and moan. Continue Reading →
Although it is exasperated by the ongoing dramas of Brexit negotiations with the EU the most noticeable thing about our leaving the EU is the amount of passionate divisions the Leave result has left within the UK body politic some 17 months after the event. Those who voted Remain still haven’t accepted the result to Leave and the ‘Leavers’ don’t accept that there won’t be backsliding so that in some way, we never get to actually leave the EU !
It is all rather odd, yet if you stop and think about it and especially with an eye to our history, this very sharp division in opinion is not unusual on Britain in fact it seems to be in our very DNA. Continue Reading →
To my mind and whilst no one was looking, the situation on Brexit negotiations between the UK and the EU has reached and passed the “tipping point” and regardless of whether you were a Remainer or a Leaver, this has a crucial impact on both the UK and the EU which requires a radical rethink by all UK citizens.
My point is that regardless of your previous position on Brexit, in our own self interests, we must all be Leavers now for the following reasons… Continue Reading →