plus the psychology of money and turnips (sorry)
Please continue to write about politics! You have a wealth of knowledge and insight and are a decent person. We need to hear more from people like you to help balance the noisy shouty people
I’d only ever get bored of you talking about politics if you mention Boris Johnson again. He may not think it’s all over for him but I’d rather set my sights on a different, and better future 😅
If you get the opportunity to use your voice do so. We need some different voices and perspectives- but ones that also make sense and have resonance. Your own narrative if you get the chance.
What is your narrative?
As someone who's (by a weird coincidence) designed presentations for you in the past, I'm always interested in what you have to say about politics, but I'm also delighted with what you have to say about my writing! Thank you very much for your kind words about The Metropolitan piece on Andor - it really does feel like these fantasies inspired by WWII movies as much as anything else are actually starting to give us ways to talk about authoritarianism that aren't trapped in the narratives of the '30s and '40s.
Always (and I mean always) interested in your politics takes. I voted '100% and not changing my mind' in your poll, but only because I'm in Esher (Raab's seat) and there's only one way to vote to get rid of the blighter - really wish I didn't have to vote LibDem, but short of the LD candidate coming out as a total weirdo (doesn't look likely) my vote has been nailed on for about ten years.
Very good description Tom of a very exciting "mission." The idea is to democratise government, and that has to be good.
I am past the 15 year window, so wouldn't be able to vote in the next general election. There is a possibility Iay be a UK resident again, by then.
The proposal to allow overseas voters to vote, in UK general elections, followed a very similar path to that of other, proposals, described in your account Tom. The get out clause appears to have been this," all this will take a long time, as registering these voters will be complicated."
No real excuse there. Change the law, and register them as fast as possible."
I'll briefly touch on whether overseas voters, should be allowed to vote from overseas after 15 years. Many democratic countries allow that. At the very least I feel, a person who moves from one country with democratic elections, and moves to one with the same, should be allowed to vote in one of those countries.
Yes aljthough Productivity should have been 1 of the 5, to set a clear diividiing line with the tories.
The Uk seem to have a problem, even with the word tProductivity and governments don’t like to talk about it any more. In my view it’s because doing many of the things required to improve it will not actually be popular to a few and very unpopular with many. You only have to look at our industrial relations in many sectors today and a lack of trust and respect between the employers and employees. Germany fixed that decades ago, so did Japan, and look at their productivity over several decades and compare it with the UK. If they don’t fix industrial relations there will not be any sustained increase in productivity in the overall numbers .
Keep the political posts coming Tom. Do you not think that 1 of the 5 should have included improving "Productivity", since it can be measured, and its been zero since the tories came to power in 2010.
I seemed to remember it was always positive during the Blair / Brown years, as was economic growth!
Not sure Kier is on the right track stating our growth will be largest in G7. How can he influence what growth will be in other individual G7 countries? Dont thing Allistar C, would have made same mistake re G7 growth, or missed opportunity to name increased Productivity, as one of the 5.
Have I missed something and you mention Johnson as opposed to Sunak? Keep on giving us your wisdom
Politics welcome from someone who writes well and has the experience and insight to make sensible predictions