I make no apologies for returning to the on going disaster that is Universal Credits. I have covered this ongoing public policy catastrophe previously: Universal Credits continues to blight the lives of millions of people. Most of the criticism of UC stems from 3 problems: George Osborne used the introduction of UC to push through… Read More Universal Credits | With Robots| Updated with Porn Filters
Yesterdays blog was all about the real and the fake, fact and fiction: I thought it would be fun to follow it up with a quiz. I have a minor obsession with knowing stuff, and being able to organise it in my head, mostly in chronological order. I am not sure if this is just… Read More Fact or Fiction 2 | The quiz
I like knowing things. For as long as I can remember I have enjoy learning stuff, memorising lists: Prime Ministers; Acts of Parliaments; Dates of Construction of historical monuments; Bass players in The Fall. Facts. I love lists of stuff so much that Wikipedia is actually named after me. It’s full name is JonChadwikipedia, although… Read More Fact and Fiction |Fake news, unreliable memories
Some time ago I wrote about problems in the Care Home sector. Politicians have been arguing for years about who should meet the costs of residential care for older people, with no consensus. While this debate has been taking place a crisis on the supply side of the sector has been building up, with Care… Read More Outsourcing Crisis | Care Homes Sector collapse
This is the new exciting policy announcement form the Tory Party conference. A radical change in planning permission: This is a sad faced Nick Clegg announcing the same policy almost exactly 7 years ago: I’ve applied for this extension to my house. What can go wrong?
One of my readers asked if the blogs could have fewer graphs and charts and more drawings and illustrations. I had a go at doing some drawings for the last blog, but didn’t think they were serious enough The Cod Wars Conflict with Albania
The House of Commons is currently pondering whether to start impeachment procedures against Boris Johnson following his disastrous Supreme Court defeat. Ironically Boris Johnson along with George Galloway were behind an attempt to impeach Tony Blair over the Iraq War. This attempt failed, but I still get people who tell me that Tony Blair is… Read More Tony Blair | Was he really an evil warmonger?
The Conservatives plan to scrap big chunks of Andrew Lansley’s 2012 Health and Social Care Act. This is a damn good thing. The specific sections which will be repealed are those requiring commissioners to offer NHS Services for tender to private sector contractors like Virgin or Circle They will also remove NHS Services from the… Read More The NHS | The Tories have a good policy! Shock!
While we were all in shock after the Supreme Court ruling that Boris Johson is an idiot we missed this part of Corbyn’s speech If I understand it correctly a Labour Government would use to current public sector research and purchasing spend on pharmaceuticals to create a public sector owned pharmaceutical company which will compete… Read More The NHS | Labour have a good policy! Shock!
Up until the 1950s the Southern States of the USA were solidly Democrat. From the 1870s onwards the “Solid South” voted Democrat even when the rest of the USA voted Republican. This map shows the 1956 Presidential election. The blue states held out for the Democrat Adlai Stevenson while the rest of the US went… Read More Boris Johnson & Richard Nixon |Nixon won the South, Boris will try and win the North.