Tag: Governments Picking Losers

When Money’s No Object…

The PAC deputy chair, Sir Geoffrey Clifton-Brown, said: “The Ministry of Justice took an all-singing, all-dancing approach to what could have been a relatively simple procurement exercise. The evidence to support a wholesale transformation of the tagging system was weak…

The Difference, Explained…

My school is a mile from the border of a selective authority. The “local” grammar is 12 miles away or half an hour on the bus. Yet at 7.20am, come rain or shine, shivering children from the local villages can…

Don’t Mention The [censored]!

A poster which aims to warn about the radicalisation of youngsters by terrorists does not feature the words radicalisation or terrorism because “they may seem scary” *sighs* …there are fears the lack of directness instead risks disguising the point of…

They Don’t Like It Up ‘em!*

Is this yet another CPS car-crash in the making? Dr Katrina Erskine, consultant gynaecologist and head of obstetrics at Homerton Hospital, Hackney, said she was angered by the case selected for the first prosecution because it gave a “misleading” impression…

“Little Boxes, Little Boxes…”

Owen Hatherley frets over housing space: How much space should we be expected to live in? Some institutions – the Homes and Communities Agency, the Greater London authority – have talked about resurrecting minimum space standards, which, like rent control,…

Mythical free markets

It’s a perennial observation of mine that the free market that various people keep telling us failed a few years ago, leading to much crisising of global finance and the invention of words such as ‘bankster’ (when perfectly adequate words…

Come back, Gordon…

Content warning – this post was written under the influence of a descending red mist and contains horrible oaths and general bad language.   All is not forgiven by any means, not even remotely, but when the Cobbleition are doing…

The Law of Unforeseen Consequences

It’s a funny one, the Law of Unintended Consequences. It’s one of those laws that is beyond any possibility of repeal, but it’s one that most governments, if they ever stop their furious production of arse gravy for long enough…