Off the buses

I have written and spoken many times about the disastrous legacy of Margaret Thatcher’s privatisation – she called it ‘deregulation’ – of our bus services. The result has been passengers and routes cut by a third and increased congestion on our roads, with big additional costs for business – and, therefore, in the prices weContinue reading “Off the buses”

Affairs of state

In July 2019, and in his first speech as Prime Minister, Boris Johnson said: “We will fix the crisis in social care once and for all with a clear plan we have prepared to give every older person the dignity and security they deserve”. https://www.gov.uk/government/speeches/boris-johnsons-first-speech-as-prime-minister-24-july-2019 The need to reform funding for adult social care –Continue reading “Affairs of state”

In the cold light of day…

The constitutional shenanigans of the last few days, stemming from Boris Johnson’s determination to avoid parliamentary scrutiny of his Brexit strategy, have overshadowed scrutiny of last week’s Spending Review (SR) announcement. The SR is meant to set firm expenditure limits for government departments and to state clearly what we should get for that spending. IntroducedContinue reading “In the cold light of day…”

Bin there, done that, get real!

Who could argue with the twin objectives of minimising waste and maximising re-cycling of what remains? But the government’s proposals to require one national prescriptive approach – not just a strategy, but also the detailed arrangements – to recycling and waste management are simply unwise. It’s a completely unnecessary, and counter-productive, burden on councils andContinue reading “Bin there, done that, get real!”