Tag: Subsidies

If You Build It, They Might Not Come!

Certainly not if it’s going to bankrupt them: A new £6.4million bus station could become a ‘white elephant’ after operators threatened to boycott it. Two independent companies have said that unless the price of using the Accrington complex is reduced…

If A Tapeworm Could Speak…

…we now know how it would sound: The new school term will mark the start of the Government initiative offering free lunches to to reception, Year 1 and 2 pupils to ensure pupils get a nutritious meal. The schools are…

Officer Krupke Could Not Be Reached For Comment…

Camila Batmanghelidjh again… *sighs* In pursuit of greater discipline, the education secretary, Michael Gove, this week advocated tougher sanctions: the picking up of litter and the writing of lines as punishment. … His concerns are legitimate. Pupil violence is manifesting itself…

The Phones Might Be Smart, But The Owners…

…well, they aren’t: Surging numbers of people struggling to pay for ‘must-have’ smartphone deals, a debt advice charity has warned, after seeing the number of cries for help with phones generally more than treble over a five-year period. Aha! Modern…

Well, Just Call Me A Philistine…

Charlotte Higgins in CiF on the ‘attack’ on the arts: The Central Library in Sheffield opened in 1934, when my father was four. As a teenager and medical student in the 1940s and 50s, he would work there, an escape…

Lynsey Hanley Lets The Mask Slip…

I belong to a household that is one of the million reported to be “excluded from home ownership” by a combination of low housing supply and the impossibility of raising a deposit for the smallest house in a country that…

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…

The ‘Poverty’ Pimps Are On The March!

The statistics show almost 10,000 children in Brighton and Hove are growing up in poverty. Oh noes! Shock! Horror! Families in parts of Brighton and Hove are relying on handouts of bread, clothes and shoes to keep going. Appalling! Outrage!…