THE received wisdom is that it’s always ‘the economy, stupid’. I’m just not at all convinced. Exhibit A is the euro-omni-shambles that is being presented as a victory for the Greek people (it just isn’t), as an example of a generous magnanimity on the part of the Eurogroup (the more audacious the lie, […]Read more "It’s so not the economy, stupid!"
Depending on your perspective, yesterday’s Summer Budget showed George Osborne to be ‘the listening Chancellor’, as he ‘borrowed’ policies (or at least the language these policies are clothed in) from the opposition; or ‘the thieving Chancellor’, as he ‘stole Labour’s clothes’. Most notably, of course, the Chancellor ‘borrowed’ the language of ‘the Living Wage‘, pulling the […]Read more "Who has the ‘right’ perspective?"
VERY telling, if somewhat predictable is the cartoon by Steve Bell in The Guardian newspaper with David Cameron putting Magna Carta to what can only be described as the use for which it was not intended while a rather disconcertingly ‘We are amused’ Royal Family looks on. Magna Carta, the caption reassuringly intones, is ‘soft, […]Read more "Inequalities hurt economy, but hurt democracy more"
11:30 It’s all going orff! ‘Black Rod’ makes his way to The Commons. Stand by for the really scary bits – the Government’s proposed legislative agenda. 11:34 The Queen stumbles over ‘My government will govern for working people’ 11:35 ‘… reform Trade Unions, and protect public services from strikes.’ 11:36 coming thick-and-fast now ‘… young […]Read more "if the pomp & ceremony don’t scare you, the #QueensSpeech will"
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WHILE Scotland’s child population fell by 3.6% Edinburgh’s child population grew by 4.3% – Scotland’s over-65 population grew by 15.7% but Edinburgh’s grew by much less: 5.2% – these data 2003-13, the period quoted in National Records of Scotland figures – what does this mean for the city’s service planners? This is the sort of question raised by […]Read more "Crunching the Numbers"
WE’RE quite used to robots saving our labour in the home – robot vacuum cleaners are no longer the novelty they once were, and, with the internet of everything now established in the zeitgeist, a ‘smart’ telly, boiler or fridge is nearly mundane. What, though, of our relationships? The effort (just ask my family) I […]Read more "but what about the bots?"