Category Archives: Politics

Purely personal reflections on the state of politics.

The Australian Labor Party is still stuck in its neoliberal denial stage

Yesterday, the Federal government released their so-called – Mid-Year Economic and Fiscal Outlook (MYEFO) – which is their half-yearly review of the fiscal policy settings. Unsurprisingly, the Treasurer was crowing about the shift towards surplus with booming company tax revenue. … Read the rest of this entry »

Posted in Fiscal Statements, Politics | 13 Comments

Britain should reject the Brexit ‘agreement’ but proceed with the exit

It is Wednesday, and only a short blog post beckons today. I have restrained myself from commenting on Theresa May’s unbelievable Brexit deal, which has the dirty paws of the European Commission all over it. Regular readers will know that … Read the rest of this entry »

Posted in Britain, Capital controls, Demise of the Left, Fiscal Statements, Framing and Language, Politics, Reclaim the State, UK Economy | 24 Comments

Japan still to slip in the sea under its central bank debt burden

President Trump banned a CNN reporter only to find his position overturned by the judicial system. Well CNN is guilty of at least one thing – publishing misleading and alarmist economic reports about Japan. In a CNN Business article last … Read the rest of this entry »

Posted in Central banking, Japan, Politics | 43 Comments

EU Services Notification Directive will undermine democracy within cities

In a blog post last week – Financial services agreements – the EU as a neoliberal, corporatist project (November 13, 2018) – I wrote about the way the EU compromised the capacity of elected Member State governments to advance the … Read the rest of this entry »

Posted in Britain, Eurozone, Politics, Reclaiming community, UK Economy | 11 Comments

Political censorship in Australian research processes – towards authoritarianism

Regular readers will know that I place great value in the disciplines we broadly describe as the Humanities. An understanding of knowledge that history, language, philosophy, geography, politics, sociology, anthropology, music, drama, classical studies and the like is essential if … Read the rest of this entry »

Posted in Framing and Language, Higher Education, Politics | 19 Comments

Progressive political leadership is absent but required

One of the themes that has emerged in the discussions of the British Labour Party Fiscal Credibility Rule (which should be renamed the Fiscal Incredulous Rule) is when is the right time for a political party to show leadership and … Read the rest of this entry »

Posted in Demise of the Left, Music, Politics, Reclaim the State, US economy | 45 Comments

The AfD and its ilk is a sideshow in the neoliberal takeover

The weekend before last I was in Germany (and Bavaria) at the same time as the – Bavarian state election. The results for the SPD (Social Democratic Party) were disastrous losing 20 seats (down from 42) and gaining only 9.7 … Read the rest of this entry »

Posted in Demise of the Left, Eurozone, Framing and Language, Politics, Reclaim the State | 42 Comments

A summary of my meeting with John McDonnell in London

It is Wednesday and I am reverting to my plan to keep my blog posts short on this day to give me more time for other things. Today, I will briefly outline what happened last Thursday when I met with … Read the rest of this entry »

Posted in Britain, Fiscal Statements, Politics, UK Economy | 67 Comments

Meet Australia’s new Prime Minister

It is Wednesday and only a short blog post. I am also ailing with the flu and my head hurts. As I noted in Monday’s blog post – The conservative polity is fracturing – an opportunity for the Left (August … Read the rest of this entry »

Posted in Framing and Language, Music, Politics | 14 Comments

Public infrastructure investment must privilege public well-being over profit

One of the principle ways in which so-called progressive political parties (particularly those in the social democratic tradition) seek to differentiate themselves from conservatives is to advocate large-scale public infrastructure investment as a way of advancing public good. You can … Read the rest of this entry »

Posted in Fiscal Statements, National Accounts, Politics, Reclaim the State, Reclaiming community | 10 Comments