Politicians have played fast and loose with the truth in recent years. Yes, they have long, if not always, had challenges keeping their stories fully-aligned with the truth, but the stuff we’ve been witnessing seems to be something of a different sort from what we were long used to.
Branko Milanovic recently published a post that tackles the idea of degrowth (an idea I favor) head on. He’s one of my favorite economic thinkers, who has spent years focusing on the topic of inequality, long before it became a topic of broad interest. That, and the fact that I find him to be incredibly forthright, […]
I recently read something bewildering, “Something is wrong on the internet,” by James Bridle. The part cast a light on some dark corners on YouTube. (No, it’s not that. It’s far stranger.) You can go read the post, but if you choose to do so, expect to end up feeling perplexed at best. And I’m not even […]
I participated in an interesting summit of academics and government officials towards the end of the summer. The event, “Revitalizing Rural Development for Poverty Eradication in Asia,” featured three tracks of discussions about (1) natural resources and the environment, (2) rights and democratization, & (3) livelihood and wellbeing. I joined the track around natural resources and […]
The UK Chancellor of the Exchequer appeared on Robert Peston’s show to discuss the UK government’s response to the Greenfell fire. Peston challenged the Chancellor to explain the slow response to the needs of people who were suddenly put out on the streets by the Greenfeld fire. Hammond threw the local government under the bus […]
The UK’s NHS got caught up in the major ransomware attack that hit computers around the world yesterday. In the wake of the attack, the Mirror is reporting that the Tories cut computer security funding from the NHS a year ago, despite being warned that doing so would leave thousands of government computers (and thus hospitals) vulnerable to […]
Nearly a month into the 24-month window for Article 50 negotiations, and before the negotiators have even had the chance to sit down together for the first time, the Tories have announced snap elections. As I noted yesterday, the Tories have repeatedly stated that there would not be early elections. With 17 months to negotiate an agreement […]
When we last left the train wreck known as Brexit, I mentioned that the UK was pulling the EU ripcord, while pretending regulatory agencies were negotiating pawns, and that things don’t work like that. The EU has since made it clear that it is not having any of that nonsense. (check out the video at […]