Sure, Social Mobility Is Desirable But Politics Isn’t The Way To Go About It

We're not conservatives around here despite the obvious attractions of the Feudal Times and Reactionary Herald. Thus we do think that social mobility - both up and down, obviously - is a pretty good idea. However, it appears that...

The End Game Of Modern Monetary Theory

As we know Modern Monetary Theory is the latest great new plan from the left. Governments aren't constrained by not having any money to do good things with, they can just make it and spend it, Yippeee! And then we've...

Logical Fallacy: Argumentum Ad Hominem or Zero Sum Game

As the author of a book on logical fallacies, I am often asked what is the most common fallacy committed by politician and political writers. The answer, perhaps disappointingly, is the "argumentum ad hominem (abusive)," the fallacy of thinking...

Complete Nonsense From Shelter – Britain Does Not Have 320,000 Homeless

Shelter has a very annoying indeed habit of claiming vast numbers - 320,000 today - of homeless people when in fact this is the number of people that we've saved from being homeless through the useful trick of having...

Sigh, The $9 Trillion Corporate Debt Bomb Was The Entire Point Of Quantitative Easing

We have people worrying about the existence of a $9 trillion corporate debt bomb out there. When reality is that the creation of such a high level of corporate debt was the entire point of doing all of that...

The Flexible Right To Buy? – Thatchers Vision?

• UK has the second-largest social housing sector in the EU, and over half of tenants in the sector want to own their own home. • The Right to Buy works for some, but some social tenants live in...

The Lie In The UN Rapporteur’s UK Poverty Report

Philip Alston is the UN Special Rapporteur on poverty. He's been around the UK telling all how terrible poverty is here. It's not, obviously, as we don't have any poverty. We do have inequality, that's true, but not poverty. Still....

How The Catholic Church Stopped Us From Having Rotherham Grooming Gangs

A number of us have noted the series of trials going on concerning grooming gangs. The mass rape and abuse of young girls by men from a certain ethnic/religious community in the North of England. It is at times...

A Fair Day’s Work For A Fair Day’s Pay

One thing we've learned from the Gender Pay Gap nonsense is that progressives feel that someone doing the same job as someone else should get the same pay. Putting aside whether we think this is a good idea in principle,...

Regional Economic Subsidies – No, Don’t Do It, Leave The North Alone

We get plenty of wittering about how the North of the UK has been left to rot, how the South is leaving it behind. The argument then becomes that there should be regional subsidies - that Northern Powerhouse stuff...

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