Category: neoliberalism

The wrong fork in the road

Democracy only makes any sense if we believe that human beings, in their natural state and left to their own only slightly moderated devices, operate generally in good faith.  The concept of progress soppy democrat-types have always associated with Western…

My tribute to Margaret Thatcher

I was Skype-chatting with someone very close to me last night.  We suddenly realised how it had become possible – gleefully so – to say smutty words like “society”, “nationalisation”, “state-ownership” and “planned economy”.  As I have argued recently and…

The cost of New Labour is Old Tories

I’ve often battled against tribalism in politics.  I take as my reference point not the Tories of old but New Labour itself.  So much good was reworked by the silver-tongued leaders of that formation – but, as a Twitter friend…

A year of democratic bewilderment

Carl is right.  Steve is right.  Even I’ve been right on occasions. This has been the year neoliberalism proved its strength.  On the back of a crisis it was directly responsible for – a financial Iraq, in fact – it…

Where anarchists fear to tread …

I’ll be off to Spain for a working – and very editorial – holiday soon. Keep me posted on what happens back in Blighty.  Sadly, our proud country has changed.  From being a nation which housed a world, it’s become…