The rage itself is not surprising, though seemingly Tory MPs didn’t see it coming. The surprise is that it doesn’t seem to have been caused by reporting in the media, since there was none. The rage was spontaneous, an uprising of despair and disbelief.
Mr Hunt appealed to farmers to be “patriotic and passionate and positive” about their forthcoming business failures. They should not only see risk, but also opportunities.
senior members of the government will not feel bound by them. We had Barnard Castle, then Matt Hancock caught on camera. We now know the Prime Minister drafted in his wife’s best friend over Christmas to help with the childcare, apparently.
History is full of examples of leaders who lacked negative feedback. Empathy and conscience provide negative feedback, and the psychopathic personality who lacks these becomes the despot or tyrant. He or she then consolidates his/her position by assigning parcels of lesser power to those considered to augment the advantage. This accumulation of power can be considered positive feedback – there is no control or restraint. Machiavelli described the techniques in his book The Prince.
Home heating is a major contributor to greenhouse gas emissions, and the government plans to spend £1.3 billion a year on upgrading homes. However, this is a small contribution to the overall problem.
The ever-compliant Daily Telegraph and Daily Mail have floated the idea that, under a “major NHS drive” to be announced this week, GPs will be “named and shamed” if they fail to offer enough face-to-face appointments at some later date.
Ultimately, this all strikes me as part of a project to enhance executive supremacy — an ‘executive power project’, if you will — by treating courts (whether ‘foreign’ or domestic) as unwelcome interlopers, all masquerading as an attempt to ‘protect Parliament’.
It is not hard to understand why people here are having fewer babies. The Foundation quotes an OECD estimate that the typical working couple in the UK spend 22 per cent of their income on full-time childcare, about double the average rate for Western economies.