Category Archives: Politics

Purely personal reflections on the state of politics.

Time to end the human rights atrocity in Gaza

There were three new data and analysis releases in the past week in advanced Western nations (the US, the UK and Australia) that indicate that the policy settings that are in place are not delivering prosperity and should be changed … Read the rest of this entry »

Posted in Economics, Politics, UK Economy, US economy | 22 Comments

The existential crisis of Labour-type political parties

At one point in my student days anyone who wasn’t reading Marx on a particular day, was reading Satre, Camus and Merleau-Ponty, among others, at least in the groups that I mixed in. But then they were also reading Dostoyevsky. … Read the rest of this entry »

Posted in Economics, Politics, UK Economy | 39 Comments

Crikey, why is it is honourable to deliberately increase unemployment?

Knighthoods are handed out as part of the anachronistic Commonwealth honours system. They are an ultimate symbol of cultural snobbery in the UK and cultural cringe in the former British colonies, such as Australia. The Australian government effectively abandoned the … Read the rest of this entry »

Posted in Economics, Politics | 27 Comments

Inequality and growth and well-being – revolutions have occurred for less

Canberra is Australia’s capital city – a created city located in the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) to house the federal government and its bureaucracy. Official – data – shows that in 2013, the ACT has the highest household incomes of … Read the rest of this entry »

Posted in Economics, Politics | 14 Comments

G20 meetings and structure part of the problem

There are parallel universes operating when it comes to neo-liberal politicians attempting to deal with reality. The G20 Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors concluded their weekend talkfest in Cairns yesterday and you might be excused for thinking there is … Read the rest of this entry »

Posted in Economics, IMF, Politics | 5 Comments

When the left became lost – Part 1

I read a book a long time ago (1994) called “The Principle of Duty: An Essay on the Foundations of Civic Order”. I note it was republished in 2009. The book by David Selbourne – who is a British philosopher … Read the rest of this entry »

Posted in Economics, Politics | 38 Comments

A trail of misinformation and manipulation

Last week, the national broadcaster ABC’s Media Watch program – Up in Smoke – took aim at the Murdoch press (in particular, the Australian newspaper) for misleading reporting. The News Limited rag (it is barely that) has been running a … Read the rest of this entry »

Posted in Climate change, Economics, Politics | 6 Comments

Serial liars who stand for nothing that is worth supporting

Tonight is the Federal Budget night. Tomorrow’s blog analysis could be as long as “its appalling”. We already know that. So I might take a day off and leave it at that. Some of the policy changes announced already are … Read the rest of this entry »

Posted in Labour Force, Politics, Unemployment Benefits | 13 Comments

The Federal Families Minister and that altered transcript

Update on yesterday’s blog – Australia’s own little fiscal cliff – about the “edited” transcript from the Australian federal Families Minister who told journalists that she could live on the dole (below the poverty line) and then proceeded to produce … Read the rest of this entry »

Posted in Politics | 21 Comments

Map of British local unemployment and the August 2011 riots

We have been working on a map to relate the local area unemployment in Britain with the incidence of riots in August 2011. I discussed why the incidence of unemployment might be a key driving factor for the riots in … Read the rest of this entry »

Posted in Economics, Politics | 22 Comments