Bad Theory

The reason we want democratic control of the economy and fiscal policy is because the choice of theory, is often the choice of outcome. We don’t necessarily want to use the independent Bank of England and the Office of Budget Responsibility’s computer models because they may embed bad theory. …

What do with the registered supporters?

What do with the registered supporters?

Ann Black reports on the September, pre-conference National Executive Committee at Left Futures. These are clearly hard things to write since getting a balance between hope for the future and a description of what’s happening can be hard. I felt the need to comment. on the running of the election where the point needs to be made that barely legal is not good enough. The coming exclusion of registered supporters is a mistake, and the party has changed; most MPs mandate to speak for the Labour Party has expired as has the utility of the National Policy Forum.  …

Cheating

Seen on my journeys to work this week. Are TFL making more journeys and with hidden fair rises? I though it was checkin, get on, get off, check out and that’s your journey. If they both start and end in Z2, then it’s a single zone ticket. Are they fining you for travelling through Shoreditch High Street on the train? Whitechapel to Hoxton should be a Zone 2 journey and yet you can’t avoid SHS.

TFL

And it should be immaterial of carrier! My journey from Canary Wharf to New Cross should be a TFL Z2 journey, what is this pink monstrosity? (I think it’s breaking the journey, between the Tube and London Overground stages.) …

A long and eventful weekend

A long and eventful weekend

What a week-end. Jeremy Corbyn is elected Leader of the Labour Party and just as the first thing he did after nomination was to go on a demo, he immediately went to speak to the “Refugees Welcome” demo in Parliament Square. The German suspension of its European borders is a sad reaction to those who won’t pull their weight, which includes the British Government acting in our name. Even after the Government’s belated reaction to the popular will of the masses, we are still below the UN recommended quotas and as with nearly everything done by the Cameron Government, they’re tone deaf, in that they announce a five year commitment and plan to fund the refugee programs with the International Aid budget.

These news events have buried Cameron’s acquiescence in using military action to kill two British citizens who were allegedly ISIS fighters. This will come back to bite him, possibly as badly as new Labour’s decision to go to war in Iraq. I have done a storify sharing my views on the (il)legality of the act. Make no mistake, it’s a massive escalation in the militarisation of the state. In Britain, we suffered and fought a terrorism/counter terrorism campaign for over 30 years while maintaining civil primacy and ensuring that the rule of law was paramount and that the police and courts were our primary defence. …