It’s not controversial in the slightest

The finding is controversial. The focus of tax justice campaigning has been on tax avoidance for a long time. It requires a change of mindset to think that tax evasion is the bigger issue.

I can think of someone, not a million miles from here, who has been saying that tax evasion, the actual grey economy, is far more of an issue than tax avoidance for some number of years now.

But then if Spudda’s just thought of it then it must be new, eh?

Are there seriously adult women out there this deluded?

The big difference here seems to be that while the vagina has an obvious functional utility, the clitoris exists entirely for female pleasure. It seems that the issue stems, not from the provocative nature of a word, but our continued societal taboo regarding women daring to enjoy sex. Sure, we can see depictions of women shrieking with pleasure plastered all over any porn site. But that is exactly the point. Female sexual enjoyment remains exclusively in the realm of the forbidden.

Even the stuff about lie back and think of England wasn’t true at the time and it’s most certainly not true now.

Come along now, be serious, any society with 50 shades of white we can apply to the bathroom walls is not trying to hide nor deny female sexual enjoyment.

How excellent

Three Conservative MPs who resigned to join a new independent group on Wednesday said Theresa May had allowed their former party to fall prey to hardline Brexiters and declared that the Tory modernising project had been destroyed.

In the latest evidence that Brexit is reshaping the political landscape, Heidi Allen, Anna Soubry and Sarah Wollaston, all outspoken critics of May’s stance on Europe, said the Conservative party as they had known it under David Cameron was dead.

“I’m not leaving the Conservative party – it has left us,” said Soubry at a hastily convened press conference around the corner from the House of Commons. “The modernising reforms that had taken years to achieve were destroyed.”

If people wanted modernising reforms then they’ve vote for the Blairites. The gap in hte market does appear to be any actual conservatives to vote for…..

Umm, well, you know?

Alice Levine: I lived with a member of the Far Right for a week. Here’s what happened

“You’re condescending, I’m not. I have a healthy, happy marriage and a child. You do not. So don’t lecture me. To be honest with you, you’re slightly obnoxious as a human being. You’re the extremist.”

My heart was pounding as British Far Right activist Jack Sen unleashed this torrent of invective at me, jabbing a forefinger in the air for emphasis. It would have been unpleasant enough to be accosted like this in the street, but here I was standing in his living room, near the end of a week-long stay. I had a lump in my throat and just wanted to cry. The kind of hot tears you try to hold back, because they represent anger not upset. I didn’t want to be there any more.

The sort of British middle class woman who makes TV shows is condescending and obnoxious? Say it ain’t so!

This is fun

The newborn baby of Shamima Begum is a British citizen and could return to the UK despite the teenage mother losing her citizenship over her support for the terror group Isil, according to lawyers.

For there’s a concept similar to anchor babies in EU law. Mother of an EU citizen under 18 presumptively gains EU residence…..

They say not but I don’t believe them:

Jihadi bride Shamima Begum will be barred from using her baby’s British citizenship as a backdoor route to return to the UK, Government sources have indicated.

It emerged on Wednesday that the newborn baby of Ms Begum, who left east London to join Islamic state in Syria four years ago, is a British citizen because he was born at the weekend before his 19-year old mother was stripped of her British citizenship on Tuesday.

Home Secretary Sajid Javid confirmed the boy’s status to MPs: “If a parent does lose their British citizenship it does not affect the rights of their child.”

Blimey, this woman an elephant?

Hannah Donaghue, now 29, from Northampton, bumped into Ben Fagan a manager for Royal Mail, now 30, at a party in 2010 – and one thing led to another.

Neither were prepared for what was in store, as their night together resulted in Hannah falling pregnant for the third time – with three babies.

But despite being together a matter of weeks when they found out she was expecting, both decided they were ready to give their relationship – and parenthood – a shot.

At 10 weeks, a doctor had suggested terminating one of the triplets to give the other two a better chance of surviving, but the couple refused.

The couple welcomed their adorable trio via Caesarean at 32 weeks in October last year.

Sex in 2010 led to a birth in 2018? Even elephants are faster than that, aren’t they?

Well, yes, super then

A central task for any campaign is to develop a narrative: a short, simple story explaining where we are, how we got here and where we need to go. Using the narrative structure common to almost all successful political and religious transformations, the restoration story, it might go something like this. “The world has been thrown into climate chaos, caused by fossil fuel companies, the billionaires who profit from them and the politicians they have bought. But we, the young heroes, will confront these oligarchs, using our moral authority to create a movement so big and politically dangerous that our governments are forced to shut down the fossil economy and restore the benign conditions in which humans and other species can thrive.”

Super, now, the details of who we do this.

You favour Nordhaus or Stern here? You’ve grasped the Dasgupta point have you? Yes, Marty Weizman has a good worry so how much attention do we have to pay to it?

Hmm, what’s that? You’ve no idea what I’m talking about? That is, you’re going to try and solve climate change without having the slightest clue of the science of solving climate change?

Good luck with that really.

It’s not there yet, still only at stage two

Iranian “morality police” were forced to fire warning shots when a crowd intervened to prevent them from arresting two women for not wearing a hijab.

The incident occurred in Tehran’s northeastern Narmak neighbourhood on Friday night, and ended with a mob tearing the door off a police vehicle, Iran’s state-run IRNA news agency reported.

“Morality patrol police members had warned two young women who did not have proper hijab. Within a few minutes, a group of citizens gathered around to prevent the transfer of the two women [into custody],” a police official told the agency.


The crowd physically preventing them, yes, that’s stage two. Stage three, and victory, is when everyone simply laughs at the presumption that the Guardians do, or should, have any authority at all.

Haven’t things changed?

Only 14 per cent of police officers in the capital are from BAME (black and ethnic minority) communities, compared to 43 per cent of the London population.

Not to say that this is better or worse. But it’s certainly different from what it was.

Part of the political disconnect is that those doing national politics – and national media etc – think this reflects the nation, not London alone.

From 2011 Census, 14% BAME for England and Wales (less for UK as whole).

And rather lower for many other areas. Always been amused by the cast in Vera. Get quite a few you’d not think ethnically Geordie in there. Not as a plot point, just as a general member of the cast, with local accents ‘n’ all. You know, this is what modern GeordieLand looks like.

Not really. Take Hartlepool – in the region, think there’s an episode or two there. 92,000 people odd. 89,000 of whom are white. Maybe 600 in total British Indian/Pakistani. 200 more Bangladeshis, perhaps 200 total of all varieties of Black (ie, African and Caribbean). (From “2011 Census: Ethnic group, local authorities in England and Wales”).

No casting director in London’s going to believe that. No one in national media’s going to believe that. We should have no more than token BAME in Vera because that’s what the BAME presence is up there, token? Gerraway wi’ya.

And thus is built that gap. London’s very different from the rest of Britain. Might well be better – but it’s definitely different.


There are, nevertheless, times when there is legitimate cause to restrict price discovery. I’m certainly overjoyed about one form of the Libor price fixing. Libor is a measure of what banks will lend to each other at. Back in the dark days of 2008 banks would not lend to each other. Libor was thus rather high, if it existed at all, but the banks continued to report numbers which were little out of line with the mundane and ordinary. A bit naughty perhaps, but surely preferable to the world’s reference interest rate being quoted as infinite.

Well done Spuddo

The Brexit job losses are beginning to hit

I have a one word comment this morning.


I could add I, and just about every other serious economist, was right. But the evidence will still be ignored.

And everyone at Honda is absolutely insistent that the decision has absolutely nothing at all to do with Brexit.

But then Spuddo does know more than anyone who actually has to take decisions, obviously.

We need another number here

At half of England’s universities, fewer than 5% of students are classified as being from disadvantaged white backgrounds, according to a new report from the National Education Opportunities Network (Neon). This fact is bluntly stated as being a problem in the introduction of the report rather than the conclusion, but it is worth looking beyond these headline figures. What do reports like this really tell us?

Actually, the number tells us nothing at all without one more such number. What’s the portion of the age cohort that is disadvantaged white?

Guess what’s the one number we’re not told?

Tee Hee

In response, a backlash against palm oil has developed: last April, the supermarket Iceland pledged that it would cut palm oil from all its own-brand foods by the end of 2018. In December, Norway banned imports for biofuel production.

But by the time awareness of palm oil’s impact had spread, it was so deeply embedded in the consumer economy that it now may be too late to remove it. (Tellingly, Iceland found it impossible to fulfill its 2018 pledge. Instead, the company ended up removing its branding from foods containing palm oil rather than removing palm oil from all of its branded foods.)

What lovely virtue signalling.

Well, so they should

NatWest worker told mother all vegans should ‘be punched in the face’

And if you cant reveal your intimate concerns to your own mother than who can you?

NatWest has apologised after a mother was denied a loan during a phone call and after revealing she was a vegan told that they should all “be punched in the face”.

The bank said it had suspended a male call handler, who has worked at one of its southern call centres for between five and six years.

It has admitted the outburst took place and was “wholly inappropriate”.

The mother, who was applying for a loan of £400 for a nutrition course, said she was left shocked and upset when the man went on a rant about vegans during her loan application on January 23.

Ah, That is different. Assume it’s because his bird has stopped giving him steak…..

What fun

Ashford University course work:

ECO 204 Week 5 Discussion 2 Public Choice and Rent Seeking (Ashford University)
Public Choice and Rent Seeking [WLOs: 4, 5] [CLOs: 1, 4, 6, 7]. 1st Post Due by Day 3. Prior to beginning work on this discussion, read Tim Worstall’s article, One Benefit of Nancy MacLean’s Democracy in Chains – Public Choice and Rent Seeking Popularised.
Based on the article’s information and Chapter 14 in your textbook, especially Sections 14.1 and 14.2, respond to the following:
• What is the public choice idea or theory?
• Explain what rent seeking is.
• How can you combine the ideas of public choice and rent seeking?

OK, Ashford, but still.

Being used in a syllabus I’ve not assigned myself….

The vehemence of his claim is becoming clear

In the first they suggest that there is ‘taxpayer’s money’. I question where they place the apostrophe. And they are, anyway, wrong. They do not understand that a government with its own currency and central bank creates money for the country, and not the other way round. That’s a fundamental flaw.

Well, youse see, if government makes it then it can righteously call as much of it back as it wants. It’s the perfect justification for MOAR TAX isn’t it?