Entries by Tim Price

The Emperor’s Old Clothes

“..Built into the speculative episode is the euphoria, the mass escape from reality, that excludes any serious contemplation of the true nature of what is taking place.   “Contributing to and supporting this euphoria are two further factors little noted in our time or in past times. The first is the extreme brevity of the […]

Red Scare

“We used to think that you could spend your way out of a recession and increase employment by cutting taxes and boosting government spending. I tell you in all candour that that option no longer exists, and in so far as it ever did exist, it only worked on each occasion since the war by […]

Panic on the streets of London

A couple of thoughts strike the bemused, slightly appalled, observer of ITV’s leaders’ debate (19 November 2019) between Boris Johnson and Jeremy Corbyn. One is that the producers at ITV don’t appear capable of running an orgy in a brothel. One is that at the highest level of political engagement in Britain today, you can […]

The Final Battle

“Few general elections,” writes Robert Tombs in The Telegraph, “can properly be described as historic. Fewer still mark a watershed in the way we are governed – perhaps one a century. In 1831, the victory of the Whigs under Earl Grey ensured that the old constitution would be reformed and a slow movement towards popular government […]

On liberty

Despite the psychic political torture of the last three-and-a-half years, the coming UK General Election promises to be a doozy of epic proportions. For the hard of recall, here is a summary of what the three major British parties promised in their 2017 manifestos regarding the most pressing issue of the day (at least to  […]

Know what you know

So one inauspicious date – that of the UK’s official departure from the EU on Halloween – has been replaced by another. Absent some highly unusual activity in the House of Lords, the country will learn the identity of its new Prime Minister on Friday 13th of December. Of all the various options available, a […]

One good scare

The film Halloween is not just a cracking atmospheric piece from the early career of its director John Carpenter, but at the time of its release was the most successful independent film ever made. Made on a shoestring budget of $320,000 it managed to gross over $40 million. This correspondent has always been a fan […]

FT: Fatuous Trots

Hell hath no fury like an elite ignored. Readers wishing to tear their faces off may be interested in reading the latest effort by the FT’s pompous-sounding ‘Editorial Board’. The FT seems to be taking a leaf out of The Economist’s book by imposing anonymity on a growing number of its articles. Not wanting to […]