The computerisation of European jobs | Jeremy Bowles at Bruegel.org – Top Blogs Revisited  

I’m reblogging this popular blog. Technology is the real elephant in the room that the political classes ignore. Surely it ‘trumps’ labor market reform in France as immigration controls which underpin a hard-Brexit? Perhaps in Trump’s America the political classes are turning a blind eye to faster computerization to compensate for lost competitivity due to productivity, drug abuse and obesity?

Source: The computerisation of European jobs | Jeremy Bowles at Bruegel.org

Opinion – Income inequality: Who exactly are the 1%? | The Economist – Top Blogs Revisited

Income inequality and mortality in 282 metropo...

Income inequality and mortality in 282 metropolitan areas of the United States. Mortality is correlated with both income and inequality. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Conservative Party (UK)

Conservative Party (UK) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Although originally a top blog in 2012, this posting is still very relevent today, especially in the US and the UK.

Source: Income inequality: Who exactly are the 1%? | The Economist

Since 2012, the hedgefund managers have got closer to shadowy right wing politicians, especially in the UK’s Conservative Party. The rest is history: Brexit referendum; Article 50; and a likely Hard Brexit.

Bottom line: massively leveraged gains for the 1% and the 99% face loss of wealth, income, services and opportunity, plus greater dependency on immigration to keep the country afloat.

In the summer, with little hard news, left wing papers like the Guardian are blaming neoliberalism, free trade and open markets but their argument is wobbly.

The thing is there is no robust alternative to free trade and liberal open markets. Totalitarian Far-Left and Far- Right regimes have all failed – Communism and Fascism only benefited their leaders and their cronies, the 1%. I have always believed in compassionate conservatism but the UK’s Conservatives have gone back to their unfashionable roots, namely ‘tradition’ and ‘Old Conservatism‘. For the Conservatives to champion the 99%, they must offer radical visions, strategies and delivery. Having spent most of my life delivering strategic change, it is crystal clear, the Conservatives need a massive cull at the top – the next leader must be young, telepathic and strong. In terms of political philosophy,  a campassionate form of neoliberalism provides the methodology. Surely, it’s time for the return of the  New Right?

Thoughts?