Reports that Macclesfield has the highest number of empty shops in Cheshire should come as no surprise to the council. It was told 5 years ago that the proposed Wilson Bowden /Debenhams scheme, making Macclesfield a “shopping destination” would fail, as, most probably,  will the resurrected scheme based around a cinema. The likely closure of […]

We found that out in 1939. Chamberlain tried to appease Hitler. He kept giving in to Hitler’s demands – the more he gave in, the more Hitler wanted. We have a similar situation now with the “weaponisation” of antisemitism against Labour. Antisemitism is a complex thing but at its heart it is very simple. What […]

We were taught that in RE at school! Just as Protestants were probably taught to hate Catholics and vice-versa. Good Friday is a good time to reflect on religious hatred. I rejected all religon at an early age and so can be a dispassionate observer of the trouble religious conflicts have caused. Religion is at […]

In response to @owenjones84 piece in the @guardian 4-Jan First – the referendum was only advisory. Parliament is sovereign – two-thirds of MPs opposed Brexit and a promise from a Cameron government does not bind any future government. The “will of the people” argument is nonsense. My constituency voted Remain but our MP is now […]

Uber claims to support 40,000 “jobs”. Let’s examine this. 40,000 jobs generating the minimum wage (£7.50 per hour) – 35 hours per week 52 weeks per year would generate revenues for Uber of £546m p.a. They were estimated to be £115m (see footnote). OK, the above numbers may be out a bit but not by […]

Born with natural advantages – I went to school at Winchester – I was lucky enough to be able to have squirreled-away enough money to found an Artificial Intelligence company in my early 30’s and to move to a lovely village in West Hampshire. This was 1986 – peak Thatcher era. Like many rural communities, […]

This article was written in response to David Allen Green who, is surely one of the most interesting commentators on Brexit, certainly a lot better than those employed by the Daily Express. Labour will (eventually) oppose Brexit for the three very good reasons that (1) it only supported it in the first place due to […]