Posts tagged with: UK government

The Debate We Need to Have

Our social contract – the ‘deal’ that makes us a civilised country – is under grave threat both practically and philosophically. And we are not talking about it. Practically, the UK is in a grave situation. We are in the midst of a serious cost-of-living crisis which will plunge over half of the UK population […]

A Non-Solution to the Wrong Problems

Introduction Before looking in detail at this Budget, it is worth reminding ourselves that the economy is the system we as a country have chosen to put in place to optimise the production and distribution of valuable goods and services for the benefit of our population. There is a wide array of choices open to […]

A Renewed Assault on Our Human Rights

One good thing Truss did in her brief tenure as Prime Minister was to shelve plans to ‘reform’ the UK’s system of human rights. Under Sunak and Raab, the government is bringing back its much-criticised Bill of Rights. As the Law Society (a group traditionally at least small-C conservative in its disposition) remarked: “We are […]

Beyond Extreme

Since 2012, Cameron, May, Johnson, Truss have all been at the helm of the Conservative Party. By the standards of the UK’s other major parties, of course, they are all very right-wing. But how far right are they by traditional Conservative standards? From the perspective of traditional Conservatism, this government is dangerously extreme: Johnson’s government […]

The “Creative” Destruction of the UK

Last week, we wrote about Truss and Kwarteng’s Budget that “It is very clear that this Budget does not produce the change in direction the country needs; it is a dangerous doubling-down on the failed policies of the past, without even an attempt to safeguard most UK citizens.” Just one week later, that summary seems […]

What Was the Alternative?

Since 2010, the UK economy has been shaped by three critical government decisions: Austerity, Brexit and COVID. We have previously argued that the government mishandled all three (see Austerity, Brexit, COVID – an ABC of Economic Mismanagement). Now even the former Chancellor and would-be Prime Minister, Rishi Sunak, has admitted that the UK faces a […]

Democracy at the Cliff Edge

Sometimes a moment can be pivotal in a way which is not obvious at the time. This article explores whether the UK is at such a critical moment now, without most of the population realising it. And it suggests what we can do about it. The challenge is that we have a government which is […]

Malice in Plunderland – a New Kind of Government?

Many members of today’s cabinet are market fundamentalists who believe that ‘mass democracy’ amounts to nothing less than oppression of the ultra-wealthy. In British politics, the Left is traditionally associated with ‘big state’ policies and Right with ‘small state’ policies. Recently, several commentators have suggested that Prime Minister Johnson is pioneering a new kind of […]

Corruption? In the UK?

We are all aware that in some countries – like Somalia, Venezuela and Afghanistan – corruption is endemic and hugely damaging. As Robert Zoellick, former President of the World Bank put it, “Corruption is a cancer that steals from the poor, eats away at governance and moral fibre and destroys trust.” The UK, by contrast, […]

Saving Democracy

This article was orginally written to draw attention to the range of ways in which government is seeking to disable any and all checks and balances on its action, in particular to the dangers of the Internal Market Bill. Now the Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill aims to take away our ability to undertake […]

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