If Thomas Piketty’s thesis is that rich countries are moving inevitably and imminently to Victorian levels of inequality, it is not supported by the evidence he adduces for the UK.
I haven’t read much of the book yet, but I am suspicious of it, because it seems to be telling wide-eyed anti-capitalists what they want to [...]
Some eye-catchingly aspirational quotations from Chuka Umunna in a forthcoming interview for The House magazine:
I don’t have a problem with people making a lot of money, so long as they pay their taxes and it’s good for our economy. Two-thirds of private sector jobs come from small and medium sized businesses and it’s tough out [...]
Sajid Javid has just answered his first Questions in the House of Commons as Secretary of State for Culture. It was successfully dull, apart from Keith Vaz, who welcomed him to his post by saying: “This is the first time in the history of this country that a majority of Ministers in a Department are [...]
In my interview with Stella Creasy for Ethos Journal, which was mostly about her campaign against payday lenders and her views on empowering in consumers in other parts of the private sector and in public services (longer version here), I also asked her about being a woman in politics.
What about Laura Sandys, I said, referring [...]
One or two comrades have yet to catch up with my Four-Square Rule, which is that the Conservatives need to be four points ahead in percentage share of the vote to be the largest party in the election next year. As I said on Sunday, that, rather than the point at which the Tories simply [...]
A thing that is not well enough known:
In another book I learn that ten percent of all the world’s species are parasitic insects. It is hard to believe. What if you were an inventor, and you made ten percent of your inventions in such a way that they could only work by harassing, disfiguring, or [...]
Janan Ganesh’s column in the Financial Times today is quite outstanding. It could be a set text for students of politics, philosophy or of English. But it should be read now for its defence of the boring compromises of politics against the easy attractions of those, such as the Farageistes, who enjoy the luxury of [...]
My Top 10 in the Independent on Sunday magazine last weekend was signs with double meanings. This was prompted by Mike Graham saying on Twitter that he would refuse to go into this room (pictured).
As so often, there were many good entries that didn’t make the holy of holies, so here is a round-up of [...]
One of these days someone ought to ask Nick Clegg what he has done to ensure the arrest of officers of the British armed forces who took part in what he called the “illegal invasion of Iraq”.
Presumably, Clegg knows that Tony Blair and the other 411 MPs who supported military action cannot, under the Bill of [...]
Well, that was embarrassing. I’ve tried three websites that promise to advise you on how to vote in the European Parliament elections. Euandi (right) matched me with the Conservatives first, UKIP second. Euvox (below left) gave me Tories first, Labour second, Lib Dems third, which is obviously absurd as I do not agree with the Lib Dems [...]
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