Here’s a post, first of a three-part series, from The Monkey Cage about inequality and power. The point Martin Gilens makes is that where a policy has broadly similar support across US income groups, its chance of being put into effect follows a well-behaved response curve with its approval rating. But a policy on which…Read More The reactionary Internet predates ‘t other un
Why don’t I subscribe to Steve Randy Waldman’s blog? This piece is fantastic, on the competitiveness gap between southern and northern Europe, and makes up the best case I’ve yet seen for the view that prices, rather than wages, rose in Spain. The labour share of national income fell, while the prices of tradable goods…Read More I commend these links to the House.
Via someone on twatter, Parliament debates telecoms regulation, in 1895. The superficial bit: there was a great distinction between telephones and such subjects as gas and water. Gas and water were necessaries for every inhabitant of the country; telephones were not and never would be. It was no use trying to persuade themselves that the…Read More How the Scottish Labour party got telecoms policy right in 1895
“Why the Olympic Games mean we should support my politics” is already a sizeable genre, as Chris Brooke pointed out, quoting Daniel Davies in plausibly deniable mode. However, one of the very few pieces in this line that is worth reading is this one by Will Hutton, using the British Olympic team as an exemplar…Read More The radical consensus
Ink Spots rips into what sounds like a truly dreadful TV belch, as well as one where the Stiftung’s opinion would be worth having. Ackerman also has a go, specifically at former SACEUR Wesley Clark’s role in it. Which reminded me. Back in 2004, in the circles of my MSc International Relations course, all sorts…Read More Perhaps this could have been predicted