Issue 340: 2022 09 29: Cover page

Cover Page, 29 September 2022, Issue 340 Welcome to our latest edition. This week we consider: the mini-budget; Giorgia Meloni and the Brothers of Italy; development land tax; Putin’s algebra; Labour or Conservative?; moderation or excess?; plus of course a crossword from Boffles and cartoons from AGGro. Share this using… Facebook Twitter Linkedin Email Whatsapp

The Mini-Budget

29 September 2022 The Mini-Budget Hard and soft. By John Watson Like boiled eggs, disagreements as to political policy come in two varieties: hard and soft. The hard decisions are essentially scientific. Will a policy have the desired consequences? Yes or no? Will the mini-budget revive the economy or stoke inflation? Will a supply of… Continue reading The Mini-Budget

The March on Rome

29 September 2022 The March on Rome Don’t panic! By Neil Tidmarsh So, which of the following is the more likely to freak out the markets and send bond dealers and currency traders frantic with fear and panic? (a) A hard-right, populist, nationalist, Eurosceptic alliance, led by a party with authentic fascist roots, taking power… Continue reading The March on Rome

Planning A Future

29 September 2022 Planning A Future   by J.R. Thomas Are we about to see one of the great radical ministries of the twenty-first century?  What we know about our new Prime Minister’s core beliefs and philosophies suggests possibly not; no Thatcher comes to the helm here, we might suspect; more a Heath.  Indeed, the similarities… Continue reading Planning A Future

The Wounded Bear

29 September 2022 The Wounded Bear Putin’s algebra. By Robert Kilconner “Confusion now hath made his masterpiece”: we may all feel that MacDuff’s words express our feelings exactly but just at the moment there are a fair number of masterpieces to choose from. The British economy, its current course condemned by the IMF; violence on… Continue reading The Wounded Bear

Arrivederci Democracy?

29 September 2022 Arrivederci Democracy? by Paul Branch The land of my mother has just gone and let itself down again.  Italy’s democratic elections have ushered in a far right coalition with echoes of Il Duce and everything unpleasant that evokes memories of Mussolini.  Why on earth would they want to do that, you may… Continue reading Arrivederci Democracy?

Labour or Conservative?

29 September 2022 Labour or Conservative? Hobson’s Choice by Don Urquhart The media tell us there is clear water between the parties.  At last there is a real choice according to them. Well it is Hobson’s choice.  Kwarteng gave us a fiscal event for his short selling hedge fund cronies and the well off generally. … Continue reading Labour or Conservative?

Boring Moderation

29 September 2022 Boring Moderation Could be the answer. By Lynda Goetz A character in Somerset Maugham’s novel Cakes and Ale decries the old adage ‘Enough is as good as a feast’, saying essentially that those who regard this as true must be boring personalities who believe in moderation. In many ways this view is… Continue reading Boring Moderation


29 September 2022 Crossword Number 340 By Boffles Click for this Week’s interactive online crossword Click for a printable version of this Week’s crossword Click for solution to crossword 339 Share this using… Facebook Twitter Linkedin Email Whatsapp


29 September 2022 Cartoons By AGGro Share this using… Facebook Twitter Linkedin Email Whatsapp

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