Category Archives: Politics

Purely personal reflections on the state of politics.

There is a true oppositional Left forming and gaining political traction

I have avoided discussing the British and French parliamentary elections to date, mostly because I couldn’t stomach the outcomes – May back and the neo-liberal Macron dominant. I also was tired of reading stupid columns from the likes of William … Read the rest of this entry »

Posted in Britain, Eurozone, Politics, UK Economy | 41 Comments

Front National – seems confused on its monetary proposals

Earlier this year, the French collectif Ecolinks, which is a group of economics academics and students in various French institutions published their Petit manuel économique anti-FN, which carried a preface from Thomas Piketty. The group says it is opposed to … Read the rest of this entry »

Posted in Eurozone, Politics | 28 Comments

Amazing what politics does to people

In 2012, while unemployment and underemployment was still at elevated levels after rising in the early days of the GFC, non-government spending was weak, the external deficit was around 4 per cent of GDP, real GDP growth remained well below … Read the rest of this entry »

Posted in Economics, Fiscal Statements, Politics | 18 Comments

When progressives become neo-liberals and create a Trump

When you have a madman sounding, well “presidential” (according to the obsequious US press) what would you expect a Democrat politician to say in response? Yes I am talking about the Democratic response to the speech given by the US … Read the rest of this entry »

Posted in Britain, Demise of the Left, Politics, UK Economy, US economy | 27 Comments

Market manipulation and electricity blackouts

Australia is suffering the conjunction of a number of events in recent weeks which demonstrate the poverty of the neo-liberal approach that governments on both sides of the political fence have followed over the last three decades. Electricity prices are … Read the rest of this entry »

Posted in Climate change, Economics, Fiscal Statements, Politics | 14 Comments

Australian election outcome resonates with the Brexit dynamics

Less than two weeks ago, Britain sent a bombshell into the conservative, neo-liberal policy agenda and the narrative that supports it. I have read a lot of comments that the Referendum result was a reflection of racist attitudes towards minority … Read the rest of this entry »

Posted in Britain, Politics, UK Economy | 17 Comments

British Labour Party surrenders … back to its Monetarist roots

Last week, the shadow British Chancellor, John McDonnell confirmed that the British Labour Party under Jeremy Corbyn will not be part of a progressive realignment of the public debate regarding fiscal policy. By that I mean, they have chosen, probably … Read the rest of this entry »

Posted in Britain, Politics, UK Economy | 56 Comments

The demise of French greatness and the European Left

The GFC clearly, in my view, demonstrated that the political positions held by both the left- and right-wing governments in the West with respect to economic policy were untenable. Both sides of politics in each major and country adopted versions … Read the rest of this entry »

Posted in Demise of the Left, Eurozone, Politics | 10 Comments

European Left face a Dystopia of their own making

Last week, I re-read an article from May 1, 2012 by Abraham Newman – Austerity and the End of the European Model – that was published in Foreign Affairs. The article carried the sub-title “How Neoliberals Captured the Continent”. The … Read the rest of this entry »

Posted in Economics, Eurozone, Politics | 19 Comments

The tale of two nations – democracy dies in Portugal and lives in Canada

The tale of two nations – two monetary systems – two continents – Canada and Portugal. It is reasonable to assume that when voters in so-called free democracies elect members to their parliaments who then freely coalesce across ‘party’ lines … Read the rest of this entry »

Posted in Canada, Eurozone, Politics | 13 Comments