How does Jeremy do this?

The former Labour Cabinet minister, Yvette Cooper, has revealed how she has been subjected to death threats online, with one abuser telling her she should be “beheaded”.

Writing in The Sunday Telegraph, Ms Cooper said it was an example of the increasingly vicious internet abuse that Labour MPs suffer and demanded that Jeremy Corbyn act to stamp it out.

Right, OK, so he’s out of power and Twitter is in the US anyway.

Although from not a Labour party member, the beheading threat against Ms Cooper illustrates the growing problem of online abuse, which she says Mr Corbyn must now address.

To be honest here, what the fuck has this to do with Corbyn?

Oh, well done, well done

Inequality exists and

o According to Thomas Piketty will grow as a matter of fact if no action is taken to stop it

o Is as a mater of fact growing

o Is being assisted by various tax haven practices

· Significant inequality is harmful to the well-being of all in society, including the wealthy

The Spirit Level was wrong, Piketty is wrong and global inequality is falling. Three factual errors are not a good start to building an economic program.


Do YOU get agonising period pain? You’re not alone: More than half of women say it can be so painful they struggle to work

This is the problem with living a bit. For I’m sure that it was only a decade or two ago that we were all being told that there was absolutely no problem with women, work and periods. Hey, just a part of life, don’t make no difference.

Or have I just forgotten what we were being told?

Not something I worry about really

Eight thousand hospital consultants earn more than the Prime Minister from the National Health Service, a health minister has admitted.

Some of them might even be more useful than a Prime Minister.

It does pose an interesting problem for certain campaigners of course. To scream about high pay or continue to support the Wonder of the World?

Can’t recall whether the Sage of Ely has said no civil servant should earn more than the PM or not….

Gizz’a Job!

I do, therefore, have the following questions to ask and would request that you reply taking into consideration the interests of all stakeholders, who you say are now your concern:

Why has the FRC not engaged on CBCR?
When will the FRC engage on CBCR?
How will the FRC engage on this issue when it does so?
Given that this issue has gained prominence from within civil society how will representatives from civil society with expertise in this area be integrated into the FRC’s processes when considering this issue?


Isn’t Ritchie wonderful?

Mark Carney did, in effect, call for a Green New Deal yesterday, suggesting that was the direction in which new investment that the economy needs if it is to recover should be headed.

I could quibble with some detail but agree with the broad thrust of his arguments.

Carney is here.

Ritchie calls for government to invent lots of money for government to spend on green things.

Carney calls for government to create markets in which private capital can spend lots of money on green things.

Anyone else spot the difference?

How delightful

The Bahamas Leaks show that Amber Rudd, the UK’s home secretary, has been shown to have had links with two Bahamas registered companies to which she had not made apparent previous reference. The details of what she and they did can be found elsewhere; I am concerned here with the consequence of this revelation.

It should be remembered that the Home Secretary’s job, above all else, is to uphold the rule of law in the UK. I am aware that the Justice Ministry has a specific task in the regard now, but the Hone Secretary has the overall charge. It is one of the great offices of state.

Ii is also appropriate to note that I define secrecy jurisdictions as places that intentionally create regulation for the primary benefit and use of those not resident in their geographical domain with that regulation being designed to undermine the legislation or regulation of another jurisdiction and with the secrecy jurisdictions also creating a deliberate, legally backed veil of secrecy that ensures that those from outside the jurisdiction making use of its regulation cannot be identified to be doing so. This understanding has become commonplace since I first suggested it.

Wasn’t Sans Serif in the Bahamas?

I will be explicit: you cannot, in my opinion, believe that secrecy jurisdictions like the Bahamas have a valid role when that role is to undermine the rule of law in other countries and also be UK Home Secretary. Your job as Home Secretary will be compromised if that is what you believe. It is a hard enough task for anyone to do. When your beliefs undermine your ability to undertake the task you have no chance of doing it properly.

It may be time for Amber Rudd to go.

To translate this fully for those of you who do not understand Ritchie:

I’ve made some shit up so that a politician who has done something entirely moral and legal should resign. And I should not resign for having done the same thing.

It’s all about sex, isn’t it?

Volunteers in the Calais Jungle have been accused of sexually exploiting refugees and even child migrants.

The Independent has discovered a serious row has broken out among some unpaid charity workers at the camp in northern France, with some believing forging sexual relationships with adult refugees is natural in such circumstances, while others say it breaches all usual codes of conduct.

No, not quite.

The man added that the majority of cases in question involved female volunteers and male refugees – which he claimed risked the objectification of women volunteering in the camp.

Seems a long way to go for a bit of rough but then perhaps we’ve just not got any left at home?

Well, Hungary’s right!

The Hungarian government has sparked a diplomatic row by telling voters parts of Britain have “no-go zones” because of migrants.

A leaflet has been sent out to millions of households as part of an upcoming vote on EU migrant quotes.

The leaflet warns: “The so-called ‘no-go’ zones are areas of cities that the authorities are unable to keep under their control.”

Absolutely right too. Dangerous being a Welshman in Chester what with all those bloody Angles and Saxons, innit?

That’s the way to do it!

Bus drivers in the Venezuelan capital, Caracas, have paralysed the city for eight hours by blocking the streets with their vehicles to protest against the country’s economic crisis.

Protest in a third world city by causing a traffic jam…….and yes, sadly, third world is about right for Caracas now.

This is a pity

UK faces being sued over useless £285m aid-funded runway in the SOUTH ATLANTIC!
The landing strip on St Helena has become a symbol of Britain’s aid waste
Prince Andrew due to open site in May but pilots said it was too dangerous
Experts warned it might never open because of severe problems with wind

The basic story is that they built it on the edge of a cliff and the wind means that it just may never be usable.

The pity is not the cash wasted – for me anyway. It’s that it’s a place I’ve always thought about wandering off to. Sit up in the hills and write and potter. But I wasn’t going to do that when there’s only the one ship a month passing by…..

Why not open a few more landfills you fucking twat!

Waste crime is the “new narcotics” according to the head of the Environment Agency (EA), offering huge profits as the authorities race to catch up with the damage caused to society.

Illegal waste activity costs England £1bn a year and more than 1,000 illegal waste sites were discovered last year, more than in the previous two years combined, with 662 still active as of the end of March.

The offences, sometimes involving organised crime gangs, ranged from illegal dumping of household and industrial waste to massive frauds involving recycling fees and landfill tax. However, action by the EA led to almost 1,000 illegal sites being shut down last year, with fines and prosecutions doubling.

“Waste is the new narcotics,” said Sir James Bevan, chief executive of the Environment Agency. “It feels to me like drugs felt in the 1980s: the system hadn’t quite woken up to the enormity of what was going on and was racing to catch up.”

See headline.

Isn’t this a surprise?

The ‘national living wage’ (NLW) falls short of providing a decent standard of income to low-paid staff and will need to increase sharply to offset rising rents and slowing wages growth, according to campaigners against low pay.

After a six-month review, the Living Wage Commission said it had assessed the “best available evidence on living standards” and concluded that the £7.20 an hour NLW for the over 25s, introduced in April, was failing to provide the basic needs of low-paid households.

There never will be a number at which they say “stick a fork in it, it’s done” will there?

Well, if they’re not talking to me they’re not being serious, are they?

I added the emphasis, and for good reason. If the FRC is serious – and it should be – it would be inviting its critics in, as well as civil society and others who have had much to say about its massive failings, not least on entirely avoiding the entire issue of country-by-country reporting, which is probably the lightning rod of current concern on accounting right now. But it isn’t. It’s just continuing as a talking shop where the chaps talk to the chaps, as the highlighted section proves.

And until it changes the only thing to say about it is that it is unfit for purpose.