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Yes, Corbyn has weaknesses as a leader but he is, as Alex Nunns's book "The Candidate" records, a reluctant leader. He did not seek to be leader - he stepped up to the plate so as to provide a Left candidate when all other potential Left candidates ruled themselves out. Now he is leader, the shadow chancellor is formulating a programme to deal with climate change via a Green New Deal. Climate change is the most pressing issue facing the world and the UK and none of the other UK parties (save the Greens) have a clue or the desire to do anything about it. Labour under Corbyn has. To describe Corbyn as anti-Semitic is, IMHO, just plain inaccurate. What is worrying in this context, however, is the mishandling and dishonesty surrounding the investigations and disciplinary sanctions relating to allegations of anti-Semitism against Corbyn's allies. Such mendacity may be a portent of things to come in the event of a Corbyn government. A dishonest government that covers up things is a bad government. In summary, Labour's policies are (mainly) good but the management of the party is poor.
Toggle Commented Jul 21, 2019 on Centrists' failure at Stumbling and Mumbling
"Because throwing money at State organisations works so well everywhere else............…" @jim Yes, it does! The NHS,a state organisation, spends lots of money and gives universal coverage. The US health care system, in contrast, which consists of private and profit seeking organisations fails to achieve universal coverage (market failure) and does not deliver longer life expectancy for US citizens when compared to the UK. And in the days before state educational provision, education was not universal (again market failure). State schools have extended education to everyone so that poor people don't have to rely on the fickleness of charity. The problem is that the state does not spend enough on state pupils! So yes, the state, by spending money, works very well - much better than the private sector has done historically in the domains of healthcare, education, transport, and many other infrastructure necessities. Check your social history!
Better still would be to, despite predictable "affordability" objections, raise the annual spend per state school pupil (£6.2k) to the average annual spend per private school pupil (£15k). This would level up the playing field and reduce the incentive for parents to send their kids to private school. And plebeian kids would then enjoy the same benefits of fantastic facilities, small class sizes, and the individual attention that private school pupils currently receive.
Yep, it's Austerity wot done it
Toggle Commented May 14, 2019 on Debating the far right at Stumbling and Mumbling
A negative income tax (NIT) is not the same as basic income (BI). NIT is a means of delivering BI should that be desired. BI is unconditional. NIT need not be unconditional and can tie payment to activity and so make income conditional.
For the avoidance of doubt, this was how UK incomes were distributed in 2011.
Toggle Commented Nov 30, 2013 on Inequality & growth at Stumbling and Mumbling
@Chris Your readers may be interested in some number crunching of HMRC data on the distribution of UK income
Toggle Commented Nov 30, 2013 on IQ and equality at Stumbling and Mumbling
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