On The Tragedy In Las Vegas …

On The Tragedy In Las Vegas …

Last night in Las Vegas, at least 58 people were killed and at least another 515 injured when a lone gunman, using automatic weapons, began shooting from the window of his hotel room at concert-goers in an open arena across the street from the hotel.  Not many facts are available yet, thus I will mention this only briefly, for I prefer to base my writing on verifiable facts.  The one fact that is known is that the gunman, Stephen Paddock, was a 64-year old local man who shot and killed himself in his hotel room.  Weapons and ammunition were found […]

Fairness or Fairy Tale?

Fairness or Fairy Tale?

It’s been a bizzy week.  This repeat from ten years ago deals with a topic that has become a central issue in People’s Economics – fairness.  This first treatment of the topic wasn’t very helpful.  But it’s an interesting starting point. Fairness is an important concept in this thing we call Civilization. If we all lived as hunters and gatherers on the grasslands, we wouldn’t have a lot of interaction with large groups of people. The inevitable disputes that arise could be settled by a simple code or the intervention of an elder. Justice is famously blind. It’s not stupid. […]

ME AND JEREMY CORBYN

ME AND JEREMY CORBYN

I remember the good old days when a small group of MPs were the front line in Parliamentary opposition to Blairite Labour. There were the 6 SNP MPs, 3 Plaid, Jeremy Corbyn, John McDonnell, latterly Caroline Lucas and the rest of the small band of Labour Campaign Group MPs. Where we never operated as a group we were a sort of a nascent, embryonic ‘progressive alliance’ that conjured up the possibilities of securing a progressive agenda across the UK Together as comrades we opposed Trident, ID cards, 90 days detention and the rest of the horrors of Blair’s anti-civil libertarian […]

Being rich and posh helps

it still helps to be male, white, privately educated, and have gone to Oxford or Cambridge. That is the findings of the House of Parliament into the current demographics of Westminster. The report found that women make up 32% of MPs in 2017, and while a huge...

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Thank frack that’s over

Anyone who has read this blog even infrequently will know I am firmly against fracking so to say I am relieved at today’s statement by Paul Wheelhouse in Holyrood is an understatement. It is great to have some good news after what has been a dreadful few days. It’s...

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Monologues of Demagogues

Demagogues, there are so many overflowing with racial resentment you can pluck them out of the air – or any BBC chat show – pull the pin in their back and hear them cackle pre-recorded racist tosh. If you broke them in half you’ll find neo-fascist in hard sugary...

British Terrorocracy

Content societies require little in the way of persuasion. Frustrated and angry societies eventually require brute force to keep everyone in line. We’re not there yet, but the harassment and intimidation is already well underway. One has to at least admire the...

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