Hooray! I'm back in to Blogspot again. For the last 7 days I have been unable to open any URL with "blogspot" in it - including the blogspot help. I got some advice from a .blogger site, and it seems to be a known issue (not a Government hack on my site because it is so subversive, sadly); I cleared my cookie list as advised, but that did not help immediately. Anyway I'm back to being able to consume vast amounts of my time and yours in writing.
Main event last week was Green Party Conference. I put an account on my Facebook while the blog was down.
The highlight of Conference was the panel on Equality with Johan Hari and Kate Pickett. Kate works with Richard Wilkinson. Their book The Spirit Level should be required reading for all politicians and commentators, because it shows that the RPG (Rich-Poor Gap) lies at the root of our "Broken Society". So if Dave "I'm not Gordon" Cameron is really sincere about mending said Broken Society, he will aim to do what NuLabour has failed to do, i.e. reduce the RPG.
It would be churlish to add "Pigs might Fly".
The RPG is a lethal weapon aimed at the heart of society. There is good scientific evidence, chiefly from Richard Wilkinson et al. to show that inequality causes unhappiness, ill-health, social breakdown, crime and stuff.
So what do we do about it? Here's what:
1 Citizen's Income, introduced by means of the Green Wage Subsidy.
2 Community spaces and community workers.
3 Government issued QE grants, zero- or low-interest loans to sound investment projects for the Green New Deal.
4 Progressive taxation
5 Robin Hood Transaction Taxes
6 Close tax loopholes used by rich individuals and corporations
7 Internalise all environmental and social costs caused by multinationals (that is, make them pay for the damage they cause)
8 End the monopoly of banks on money creation
I am probably going to blog obsessively on this over the next few weeks.
The other Green Party Conference highlight for me was getting an Emergency Motion on the
Dodgy Donations Disgrace.
Tories: "Lord" Ashcroft:
Labour: "Lord" Paul and Lakshmi Mittal;
LibDems: Convicted fraudster Michael Brown.
All 3 main Westminster Parties are up to their ears in doggy-doo, in terms of massive political donations. So it's up to the Green Party to kick up about the issue. Spent yesterday researching it.