Worth Reading 184: Abandoning the Antonine Wall

The sin of pride: We can’t afford a smug Chancellor – George Osborne’s policies are too short-term to protect the British economy when the next crash comes.
The 1992 Olympic Bid – In a move that made a lot more sense then than it appears to in hindsight, Birmingham bid for the 1992 Olympics. The Brumpic blog has a lot more about the bid.
Dan Hannan and Owen Jones are both wrong on Portugal – Someone who actually understands Portuguese politics explains why there hasn’t been a coup there, and how partisan commentators are misrepresenting the normal political process to score points.
The Lords and tax credits: fact and myth – Meg Russell of UCL’s Constitution Unit explains the actual position of the House of Lords and its powers, which is different from that assumed by many commentators.
Osborne’s Northern Powerhouse centralises power and devolves blame – From a Labour perspective, but explains very well how the Government’s current devolution proposals are about extending the control of the TReasury, not giving genuine power to regions.

Worth Reading 153: Sum of the individual cubes

My name is Emerson, Steve Emerson – Fox News’s branding of Birmingham as city where non-Muslims don’t go wasn’t an accident, but part of a wider skein of the ‘anti-terrorist’ movement.
Why Britain Doesn’t Need A ‘UKIP Of The Left’ – I’ve been trying to do a a similar post to this myself for ages, but it explains how the question ‘why isn’t there a UKIP of a the left?’ rests on flawed assumptions.
What David Cameron just proposed would endanger every Briton and destroy the IT industry – But aside from that, Prime Minister, how was your day?
Davos delegates don’t care about inequality or your debt – What will (keeping the rich happy) and won’t (keeping you happy) be discussed at the World Economic Forum.
Grayling: I’m the first impartial Lord Chancellor in 400 years – He’s obviously not, and Ian Dunt explains why.