All Souls College Oxford lecture at 11 a.m. in Old Library on Friday 27th April

I will be giving a lecture on public services and the use of the private sector. Please let me know if you would like to attend.

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  1. acorn
    Posted April 25, 2018 at 4:58 pm | Permalink

    Oxford Uni’ would not be my first choice for a lecture on macroeconomics. Cambridge or Manchester are more in tune with 21st Century, fiat currency, Modern Money Theory. Google: “Single-minded Brexiteers are the real snowflakes”. It may help explain why Brexiters can’t sleep at night.

    Fine. I am giving it at Oxford because I am a fellow there.

    • Anonymous
      Posted April 26, 2018 at 6:44 am | Permalink

      We had a referendum. Remain lost.

      Second referenda are well precedented in the EU none is more single minded than the EU establishment.

  2. Lifelogic
    Posted April 25, 2018 at 5:13 pm | Permalink

    The general rule here is that the state sector is useless at contracting things out to the private sector, they never get the right incentives of the right contracts and checks in place. But then they are even more useless at doing things themselves in general.

    Not their money and they are not spending it on themselves so what do they care about spending it efficiently on the right things in place for the public interest. So long as they get their pay and gold plated pensions. Often it is worse than just incompetence too, it is a actually a conspiracy against the public purse.

  3. Ron Olden
    Posted April 25, 2018 at 8:29 pm | Permalink

    Do something like this in Birmingham, or the West Midlands some time.

    Oxford and London etc, are too far for us living in Mid Wales or along either side of the Welsh Border.

    But Birmingham is central for lots of people, including people from the North West and the North, and it’s easy to fit something like this, in with a day out on the train.

    We were staunch Leave voters.

  4. ChrisS
    Posted April 25, 2018 at 10:02 pm | Permalink

    I would have come but I have to be in Didcot on Sunday and two trips up the M3 and A34 from Dorset in three days is too much !

  5. Alison
    Posted April 26, 2018 at 4:26 am | Permalink

    One would be privileged to attend anything at All Souls. Notwithstanding that, Oxford is in desperate need of enlightenment re Brexit and EU. Too much political correctness.

    I do think there is too much contracting-out of infrastructure which is key to our competitiveness, eg telecoms, in particular cabling for the internet. The private sector providers are primarily interested in profit, so there is cherry-picking and avoidance of spending on more expensive cabling, and effficient long-term approaches.

    I’d love to attend, but am stuck on the wrong side of the Channel.

  6. oldtimer
    Posted April 26, 2018 at 5:41 am | Permalink

    I will try to attend. IIRC All Souls does nice tea and biscuits too.

  7. alan jutson
    Posted April 26, 2018 at 6:21 am | Permalink

    Unfortunately not available, otherwise would have liked to have attended.

  8. ChrisS
    Posted April 26, 2018 at 8:38 am | Permalink

    Could we have more notice next time ?

    I could have rescheduled my trip to Didcot for the same day had we known about the event a week earlier.

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  9. FranzB
    Posted April 26, 2018 at 3:47 pm | Permalink

    Public sector or private sector?..i hope you spell it out..because it won’t matter one bit about differences here if we don’t get a favourable agreement on future trading with the EU or some new international trade deals

    No agreement on withdrawl terms means crash out march 2019

    And with all the red lines in place this means no transition deal

    And no transition means no future deal..not even FTA..not even deals by WTO rules until they are agreed with other trading blocs and then worked out..will take years

    You’re the genius pushing us this how do you think the problem of having no Irish border is going to be squared with no Customs Union deal in place?..and what about 3.5 million EU citizens already working in UK? ..what about the 1.5 million Brits, retirees mostly, living on the continent? What about their health benefits considering they are mostly elderlyand not working anymore?..this is some mess allright that you have landed us in..

  10. rose
    Posted April 27, 2018 at 12:33 pm | Permalink

    Are you going to publish the text? I should like to read it.

  11. margaret
    Posted April 28, 2018 at 5:07 pm | Permalink

    Perhaps you should come up North and lecture .It is so far on a week day when we work .Mind you, Manchester bigots would not even listen to what you have to say. They would see Tory and not content. This weird mind set goes on and on..

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