Merkel warns of Athens reform plans

I am not going to rehash or make sarky comments about Angela Merkel, warning Athens to stick to budgetary targets. Or express any surprise that someone expected people in Greece to vote for austerityt. I wanted to draw attention to some choice quotes, in various articles about Greece today: Mr. Papademos, a former European Central…

Reminder about posts I want to write.

Small businesses. Wonga now addressing the shortage of credit available to them. Someone tell Stella Creasy. All the Tory voters who are going to go Labour and why, and why Labour can only have them if it isn’t the tory party. Mervyn King. What are Angry Birds?    

Tina is in the house again…

You remember when the government thought they could have a Thatcher moment by insisting we fill jerry cans full of petrol and keep em in the shed? Well, David Cameron wants his Thatcher moment again. Apparently him and Clegg are intent on sorting the nations finances. Tina is out of the cupboard. His Thatcher moments…

I wrote this about the need for a discussion about the difference between want and need, in discussion about spending priorities. I hadn’t realised then that policy maker and finance markets, can’t see voters or the services they build, so had omitted this from the equation. Welfare is a political and economic tool, it has…

Dear Financial Times

”An experiment in Fiscal retrenchment to prove to the markets governments can live within their means.”  <<<<< This, even to the untrained eye, is madness.  This is uncritical normalisation of bonkersness.

Confusion, and countries as geo-political chewtoys.

One of the most disturbing things, from here, about the Syria narrative, has been the hollow fragility of what looked like every other pretext for war I have seen this millennium. I struggled to explain the content s of the news to Rachel, and Newsnight permanently slipped from its place as a serious news show,…

Hollande and Merkel, a rapidly dawning pre-prepared age of compromise.

‘The markets’ stopped their tantrum at the expected election results relatively quickly, and Ms.Merkel has already sketched the outline of a sensible compromise with the French president. Mr.Hollande must accept that the fiscal pact agreed by 25 out of 27 members, setting out the rules of budget discipline, must be enshrined in national legislation and…

Einstein’s definition of stupid

Spain set to spend billions on bank rescue. I have to say, I have heard of people doing this before, in similar circumstances. It didn’t end well. I’ll try to link to a story of a similar thing I heard about. Can’t remember when it was….2008…2007? The scale of the bailout and the urgency with…

Shit flinging monkeys and gangs

You’d think our elite would be more sympathetic to gang members wouldn’t you?  They understand that within a homogenous group, misogynist vicious tribalism emerges, All it takes is one or two mobsters, and before you know it, you have a culture of it. Intimidation, corruption, stalking, hacking, bribery….. Are there any crimes that our political…

Your very own Ken and Bojo show…

Yes Campaigns for Mayors. Brilliant. I for one am glad local democracy has been kicked to death so we can all have our own seamless Ken and Bojo show and Serco running things. A round of applause for the future of British politics, hip hip, hooray….