Category Archives: Politics

Purely personal reflections on the state of politics.

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 | 1 Comment

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

Politicians think the public is more right-wing and conservative than it actually is

It is Wednesday and so a short blog. I am working on a number of things at present but getting the material sorted for my next book with Thomas Fazi is a priority at the moment. My snippet today though … Read the rest of this entry »

Posted in Music, Politics, Reclaim the State, Reclaiming community | 23 Comments

Fiscal policy in Australia is undermining the future of our grandchildren

Its Wednesday, so just a few short snippets that came to my attention, some comedy and some great music that has kept me company today while I have been working today. The first snippet concerns my revelation that fiscal policy … Read the rest of this entry »

Posted in Eurozone, Fiscal Statements, Music, Politics | 9 Comments

US Democratic Party should be dissolved

Tomorrow, I will consider the furore that has arisen in the last few days after the US Congressional Budget Office released its latest forecasts, which showed the US deficit will rise, and, because they still insist in matching the deficit … Read the rest of this entry »

Posted in Politics, US economy | 14 Comments