petej + publicservices   166

Verso : The Meaning of Boris Johnson
This leads to the cul-de-sac represented by Boris Johnson. Again, he has his own bombastic style of empty bravado, and plenty of Tories find him a beguiling and charismatic figure, but the core of his programme – the deliverance of Brexit regardless of its consequences – is exactly the same as May's. With the Brexit Party coming first in this year's EU elections, he knows that if the UK does not leave the EU by 31st October, it will be the ruination of his career and the likely death of the Conservative Party. For Johnson, this must be avoided at all costs, because a split right opens the possibility of the 1980s in reverse – a period of Labour hegemony while its parliamentary opposition is divided. The rhetoric may change, but the extreme short-termism is set to continue.

Johnson has become Prime Minister because he is the embodiment of Tory decline. A mouther of empty quips, a chimney of hot air, a man for whom the descriptors limited, lazy, and decadentfit like a tailored suit. He is the chosen man because he is the Conservative Partyin 2019 – the condensation of its frailties and crisis tendencies in a single figure.

If you think David Cameron and Theresa May were terrible Prime Ministers, Boris Johnson is about to educate you.
UK  politics  ToryParty  JohnsonBoris  history  membership  socialMobility  middleClass  ThatcherMargaret  MinersStrike  NewLabour  Blairism  CameronDavid  finance  debt  crisis  austerity  publicServices  MayTheresa 
july 2019 by petej
mainly macro: Brexit. Of course everyone hates a compromise, but like much else its the best option, isn't it?
According to IPSOS Mori, only a few percent of people thought the EU was an important issue in 2010. In 2015 it only occasionally reached double figures. This strongly suggests that people voted Leave not because they wanted to leave the EU for its own sake, but for what they believed would be a consequence of leaving in some other dimension. This is the key to understanding why a compromise does not work.

Most Brexit voters will not be moderately happy with a deal that makes them worse off: they will not be happy at all. Most Brexit voters will not be moderately happy with a deal that gives the UK less say in the rules the UK has to obey than when in the EU: they will not be happy at all. A true compromise is something that gives each side something, but the incredible thing about Brexit is that what most Leavers want from Brexit is not possible, yet most politicians and much of the media refuse to tell them that.

The curse of Brexit is that anyone enacting it will be unpopular, not because most Leave voters do not get all they want but because they do not get anything they want. In fact, like the snake oil analogy, they will probably be worse off or have less say. Brexit was always a fantasy, and anyone who makes Brexit concrete will fail to deliver that fantasy. As most politicians have not had the courage to call Brexit out as the fantasy it is, voters are likely to blame the politicians who fail to produce their fantasy rather than blaming themselves.
UK  EU  Brexit  Leave  delusion  economy  publicServices  sovereignty  compromise  politics  dctagged  dc:creator=Wren-LewisSimon 
january 2019 by petej
Economist Paul Johnson: ‘We are nowhere near out of austerity' | Business | The Guardian
Even without Brexit, the challenges facing the UK would be formidable. With Brexit, they look cataclysmic. “The economics are obvious,” he says. “If you make trade with your biggest, nearest and richest trading partner more expensive, you will make yourself worse off. The truth is there is no dispute about that. Of course there is a case for Brexit. It’s just not an economic case. It’s a controlling-immigration case. With everything – and this is what’s frustrating about a lot of political debate – there are trade-offs. Do you want control of your borders or do you want to avoid taking a hit of a couple of per cent of GDP? You can’t have both.
economics  economy  UK  austerity  policy  cuts  publicServices  tax  NHS  welfareState  HammondPhilip  politics  democracy  Brexit  JohnsonPaul  IFS 
march 2018 by petej
Capitalism’s new crisis: after Carillion, can the private sector ever be trusted? | Politics | The Guardian
British company law does not require companies to declare any purpose when they incorporate: indeed, the whole British ecosystem is organised to put short-term financial priorities first, and all the other things that make a company great – its people, its relationship with its customers, its capacity to innovate, its declared reason for being – in second place. Bad economics married with Britain’s unique institutions delivered what we now have: a rogue form of capitalism.
Carillion  outsourcing  privatisation  PFI  publicServices  MajorJohn  NewLabour  Serco  G4S  Learndirect  capitalism  purpose  profits  short-termism  finance  dctagged  dc:creator=HuttonWill 
january 2018 by petej
« earlier      
per page:    204080120160

related tags

abandonment  AbW  accountability  activism  administration  advertising  age  ageing  agriculture  Airbnb  alienation  anger  anti-capitalism  arts  as2014  aspiration  Atlanticism  AttleeClement  austerity  authoritarianism  automation  AutumnStatement  backstop  bailout  BalfourBeatty  banking  BankOfEngland  banks  Barnet  BarnierMichel  BearStearns  benefits  bereavement  bigData  BigSociety  Birmingham  Blairism  BlairTony  blame  BlueLabour  BNP  borders  borrowing  Boston  Brexit  BrexitParty  BritishFuture  Britishness  broadband  BrownGordon  BT  budget  budget2017  bullying  bus  business  CameronDavid  cap  Capita  capitalism  care  Carillion  CBI  centralisation  charity  children  Chile  cities  citizenship  CivilService  class  CleggNick  climateChange  cloudComputing  coercion  communism  community  compromise  conditions  conference  consent  conservatism  control  cooperation  Corbynism  CorbynJeremy  corporationTax  councilHousing  councils  councilTax  crash  creditCrunch  crime  crisis  culture  customsUnion  cuts  DarlingAlistair  data  dataMining  dc:creator=BastaniAaron  dc:creator=BeckettAndy  dc:creator=BlakeleyGrace  dc:creator=BlondPhillip  dc:creator=ChakraborttyAditya  dc:creator=CorbynJeremy  dc:creator=CreweTom  dc:creator=ElliottLarry  dc:creator=FinlaysonLorna  dc:creator=FosterDawn  dc:creator=FreedlandJonathan  dc:creator=GoodwinMatthew  dc:creator=HanleyLynsey  dc:creator=HarrisJohn  dc:creator=HuttonWill  dc:creator=IshiguroKazuo  dc:creator=JonesOwen  dc:creator=JukesMatt  dc:creator=KibasiTom  dc:creator=KouvelakisStathis  dc:creator=LawrenceMathew  dc:creator=MasonPaul  dc:creator=MilibandEd  dc:creator=MonbiotGeorge  dc:creator=MorozovEvgeny  dc:creator=PettiforAnn  dc:creator=PortesJonathan  dc:creator=RobertsMichael  dc:creator=SrnicekNick  dc:creator=StandingGuy  dc:creator=ToynbeePolly  dc:creator=TrillingDaniel  dc:creator=WilliamsZoe  dc:creator=Wren-LewisSimon  dc:creator=YoungeGary  dc;creator=PettiforAnn  dctagged  death  debate  debt  decentralisation  deficit  deindustrialisation  delivery  delusion  democracy  demographics  deregulation  DiEM  digitalBauhaus  discipline  discourse  discrimination  Disraeli  disruption  distrust  diversity  divideAndRule  division  E.ON  EastSussex  economics  economy  education  EEA  elderly  election  electricity  elitism  ElliottMatthew  employment  energy  England  Englishness  environment  ethics  EU  Europe  EuropeanCommission  exclusion  executivePay  exploitation  Facebook  fairness  FarageNigel  fares  farming  farRight  fear  fees  finance  financialisation  fire  flexibility  food  ForbesNick  forecasts  fragmentation  France  freedomOfMovement  FreemanGeorge  FrontNational  fruit  funding  G4S  ge2017  ge2019  gender  generalElection  Germany  gigEconomy  globalisation  GoldacreBen  GoodFridayAgreement  Google  GoveMichael  government  grassroots  Greece  GreenNewDeal  GrenfellTower  growth  Guardian  HallStuart  HammondPhilip  health  healthcare  history  homelessness  hopelessness  HopeNotHate  hospitals  hostileEnvironment  householdFallacy  housing  HuntJeremy  identity  IFS  immigration  impact  incomeTax  individualism  inequality  infrastructure  insecurity  insolvency  integration  interestRates  Internet  intolerance  investment  IPPR  IraqWar  Ireland  Islamophobia  JavidSajid  jobs  JohnsonBoris  JohnsonPaul  KCTMO  KensingtonAndChelsea  Keynesianism  Kier  Knowsley  labour  LabourLive  LabourParty  Lambeth  leadership  Learndirect  Leave  legal  LegatumInstitute  LehmanBros  LehmanBrothers  leisure  LePenMarine  LetwinOliver  Lexit  LGA  liability  LiberalDemocratParty  libraries  Lincolnshire  Liverpool  livingStandards  localGovernment  London  MAC  maintenance  MajorJohn  manifesto  marketisation  markets  mayors  MayTheresa  McDonnellJohn  membership  mentalHealth  MercerJohnny  middleClass  migrants  migration  MilibandEd  military  millennials  MinersStrike  minimumWage  Mitie  monopolies  monopoly  morale  mortgages  multiculturalism  NAO  NatCen  nationalisation  nationalism  negotiations  neoliberalism  Newcastle  NewcastleCityCouncil  NewcastleUponTyne  NewLabour  NHS  North-SouthDivide  Northamptonshire  NorthamptonshireCountyCouncil  NorthernPowerhouse  NorthernRock  nostalgia  nuclearWeapons  OBR  OneNation  ONS  Openreach  organisationalValues  OsborneGeorge  outsourcing  overwork  ownership  participation  PatelPriti  pay  PCS  PeoplesVote  Peterborough  PFI  PicklesEric  PinkerSteven  planning  Podemos  polarisation  police  policing  policy  politics  population  populism  PortesJonathan  post-industrialism  poverty  PPP  precarity  prison  prisonOfficers  privatisation  privilege  productivity  profits  ProgrExit  property  protectionism  protest  publicGood  publicOwnership  publicSector  publicServices  publicSpending  publicTransport  purpose  quantitativeEasing  race  racialisation  racism  RBS  reading  rebate  recession  redistribution  RedToryism  RedUKIP  referendum  refugees  refuges  regions  registration  regret  regulation  Remain  rents  report  resentment  resilience  retail  rightToBuy  risk  RoyalMail  RuddAmber  rural  safety  sanctions  scale  scapegoating  schools  Scotland  security  sentencing  Serco  services  shareholders  shares  sharingEconomy  Sheffield  short-termism  shortage  Sieghart  singleMarket  skills  SNP  socialCare  socialDemocracy  socialHousing  socialism  socialMobility  sovereignty  Spain  spending  spendingReview  stagnation  state  stereotyping  Stirling  strike  subsidies  Sunderland  surveillance  survey  sustainability  Syria  talk  taskForce  tax  taxation  taxAvoidance  taxCredits  technology  television  Thatcherism  ThatcherMargaret  TheLeft  TheNorth  TheRight  threshold  TimothyNick  toilets  tolerance  ToryParty  trade  tradeUnion  tradeUnions  transport  Treasury  Trident  TrumpDonald  trust  tuitionFees  UK  UKIP  uncertainty  unemployment  UnidosPodemos  UniversalBasicIncome  UniversalBasicServices  unrest  USA  values  victimhood  video  Vimeo  violence  wages  Walsall  wealth  welfare  welfareState  Westminster  WhitePaper  withdrawalAgreement  Wolfhagen  women  Woolworths  work  workingClass  xenophobia  youth  zeroHours 

Copy this bookmark: