I haven’t read all of this yet, but watching Canada has been interested. I have a blog address for a Canadian guy who is always worth reading, and will add it here later.

Things to remember about the credit boom…

..in the middle of it, few of us truly understood it was a boom. Or understood that it would end. The neo liberal consensus was not entirely projected onto a docile population. We liked it and thought it could be stretched, New Labour=like contortions of ideology let us believe it was harmless, and moved us…

Free Market Libya no oil nationalisation and bounty for all! We have spread democracy, peace and liberty…VIVA LA REVOLUTION…

Libya yard sale. Reconstruction contracts, UK companies, oil, privatisation etc etc It is very much business as usual in Libya post revolution. Fears of Oil Nationalisation seem to have er…died. Still am sure now business as usual, there won’t be any other problems. A UN human rights panel visiting soon. Liberal interventionism died with Colonel Gaddafi…

Frances Coppola- Circular Easing?

Circular easing   The Government has a new scheme. It’s called Credit Easing and it’s designed to improve the availability and lower the price of bank loans to small and medium-size businesses (SMEs). There has been continual moaning from the SME sector about lack of finance. “Banks aren’t lending”, they moan. When the banks respond…

Originally posted on sturdyblog:
Leveson is part of a pattern. Like an entire nation of cack-handed explorers, we are encouraged to look at everything through a telescope – first through the wrong end, so that everything appears minute; then through the magnifying end, so that everything looks gargantuan. Look! The problem is tiny: one rogue…

I hope the student finance bubble in the US pops….

Before ours is deliberately opened here. A description of student finance arrangements and their effect, on the BBC clearly struggling to see the sense of doing this to student finance.  A concern echoed right across the UK. No benefit for the treasury, untold damage to higher education and saddle generations foreverafter with debt, while privatisation continues…

Cuts. Bristol. Green Jelly.

In Bristol this centre had to close. All in it together. Perhaps if they had offered to swim in green jelly and call it art?

My last blog focused on the left and Labour

When you have realised that the political consensus is fucked, and over, you naturally start looking at the rest of the political spectrum for what may replace it, the risks posed there and the potential for change. It is usually the existing political force of ‘dissent’, and a rejection of one force is not necessarily…