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World v Britain

Market Bulletin from St James Place Wealth Management shows clearly that investors think a stand-alone UK is pants. Read here:

SJP Market Bulletin 20 June 2016

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Popular Myth 2: Politicians are Mummy and Daddy

As children, we expect our parents to put us first, to be firm but kind, above all to be right.

And then we grow up.

The Mother by Asbjorn Gundersen

The Mother by Asbjorn Gundersen

But we still seem to have unrealistically high expectations of our politicians, and to go into all the bitterness and woe of neglected children when they turn out just to be human.

As members of a democracy, I think we need to trust less to individual saintliness or brilliance in an MP or leader and trust more to the democratic process: politicians will do what’s best for us exactly to the extent that we are prepared to vote for what’s best for us. And that takes some thinking! In fact it might turn out that we are the ones that need to be brilliant and saintly more than they!

Dear old Nick Clegg especially comes in for gunning from media and voters alike because he

– changes his mind  – compromises  – adjusts to reality  – doesn’t know everything  – isn’t scary enough  – isn’t always right  – admits fault  – isn’t omnipotent…

But maybe we are grown up enough to cope with a Liberal leader?

Buy Adventures in Tory Land: Democracy in Middle England, in paperback or kindle format, through Amazon:  http://amzn.to/1GpXY1F

Popular Myth 1: Politics is Dirty

So is sex, money, birth, death, children, gardening. Best just to watch TV and criticise everyone else. Don’t get involved.

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Happy Easter!

Click here for extract from Katie’s Adventures in Tory LandThe Mother

Tory Myth 2: There just isn’t the money

dome

#tax breaks, #royal family, #millennium dome, #war on terror – lovely ideas, Tories, but “there just isn’t the money.”

If you look at actions, rather than words, the Conservative Party has little problem with public spending – just so long as it doesn’t lead to redistribution. Militarism, or floating the Queen down the Thames on a barge, is OK, because the poor won’t get richer. Even spending on the NHS is fairly OK. The real threats to social order are welfare, social services, education, prison reform – things that might just empower people. Keeping a gap between the rich and poor is the underlying agenda of the Conservative Party.

According to the UK National Audit Office, the total cost of The Dome (a John Major commission) at the liquidation of the New Millennium Experience Company in 2002 was £789 million, of which £628 million came from National Lottery grants. That’s about 1% of today’s total #budget. See http://www.ukpublicspending.co.uk/breakdown

@guardian – UK military operations since cold war have cost £34bn, says study: http://gu.com/p/3zjqa/stw

@JohnPilger – We have created a hotbed of extremism in Iraq, inspiring ongoing expenses in a continued ‘war on terror’ which can’t be won until we stop being terrified.

For a lighter account of Tory madness, buy Adventures in Tory Land: Democracy in Middle England. Go to: http://amzn.to/1N1doeS

Adventures in Tory Land

For all those of you who still think Politics is worth talking about (Just the two of us is it?) or getting active about, Adventures in Tory Land is an Amazon ebook costing 77p, about the journeys of a Lib Dem canvasser wandering through a Conservative town looking for votes…. It’s a collection of tragi-comic monologues in the mouths of Conservative voters she meets on the door step.

For your first free 10%, click here:

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Adventures-Tory-Land-Conservatives-around-ebook/dp/B00P8EPMKQ/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1417088919&sr=8-1&keywords=katie+barron