Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Falling UK economic growth - continuing a long term trend


Bad news for Osborne: the rate of economic growth is on a downward trend over the last 5 quarters. Luckily for him, the Tory media has given this only the briefest of mentions. Can you imagine the fuss they would have made if this trend had happened under a Green or Labour government?

It is clear that if the trend continues, we will enter another recession. Happy days.

This decline over the last 15 months is part of a longer term trend. The chart above goes back to 1987, and shows a pretty clear downward trend. 

If we look back even further, to 1949, we can see a falling trend since the growth peak in 1971..

So is this all right and proper? Are economic trends leading us to a state of zero or negative growth, and will we greens be happy about it?

Not really. There is a difference between a steady state Green economy and an economy in permanent recession. Recessions mean unemployment, poverty and economic hardship. The green economy means full employment as we work on healing the damage caused to environment and society by the market failures of conventional economics. The green economy means more income equality, which means a happier, healthier society, and in increase in quality of life in exchange for a decrease in the quantity of naff stuff cluttering our houses. 

So, bad news for Osborne, but, in the long term, good news for people and planet, as the manifest failure of growthist economics leads to a turning towards real green economics.

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Protect Our NHS film about successful Bristol campaign to block the privateers

A film by the excellent Steve Timmins. Well worth sitting down with your family and watching it all the way through. Even the old guy in the blue shirt gets better towards the end...

Monday, April 27, 2015

14 Reforms needed to stop the corruption that infects Westminster

On Tuesday 28th April North Somerset Green Party is holding an election rally in Weston super Mare Town Hall about corruption in Westminster. It is based loosely on this post.

This is the conclusion I will put forward: 14 acts of reform. 
We have to reform Parliament, and we have to start somewhere. This is where we start.

If you're in Weston , you can just walk in. But be early, because the hall may fill up.

Here is a list of the reforms we need:

Money must serve people, not vice versa

Proportional Representation

Balanced media – no one person to own >20% of UK media

Lobbying and Transparency Act, specifying who is lobbying whom, with how much

Ban MPs from holding Directorships and major shareholdings

Bring Janner to Court for Trial of Facts

Empower detectives to ask “Who gave the order?”

Educate children about body safety

Treat survivors and also paedophiles

Give MPs an average, decent living allowance

Power of Recall if MPs err

Lobbying and Transparency Act, specifying who is lobbying whom, with how much

Ban MP directorships and major shareholdings

Cap donations to parties, and pay parties from taxes, on a per vote basis

Friday, April 24, 2015

NHS spending plans at a glance

I'm mugging up for a Protect our NHS hustings tonight (7:30 pm at the Blakehay Theatre, Weston s Mare). Been looking for days for this image, and found it at last - on my own computer. 

The magic £30 billion figure is the amount the NHS will be in debt by the end of this Parliament if the present situation continues. 

I notice that a billion has gone adrift from our calculations. However, we do have an additional £5.7
bn on the table to account for ageing.

Thanks to the NHA party for the image. I've been looking at your policies, and the overlap between yours and the Green Party's is striking. 

You are about to discover how painful and humiliating it is to try to make your way into the foully distorted and biased system that is UK politics. Good luck to you, and if you stick with it you may find yourselves polling at 5% in 40 years time. Alternatively you could come and join the Green Party, where you will be welcomed with open arms.