Political Change but Little Forward thinking

It’s been a big week in politics. Many things have changed and may more are set to change in the next little while. It occurs to me though, that despite all the hand wringing about the economy, no one is really doing any thinking about what the economy will look like in 10 years time.

How do we regulate the gig economy as opposed to legeslating against it to make it fit into a pre-existing employment model?

How do we deal with AI and the effect it will have on the jobs market and the demands the need for employment will then place on the educational system?

What becomes of the role of work in a society with extensive automation?

It occurs to me that we have an opportunity to get ready for a set of inevitable changes. Like climate change we seem to be firmly anchored to the needs of the moment to the detrement of the future.

 

 

We Need a Federal UK

Brown is expected to say: “The third option, a patriotic Scottish way and free from the absolutism of the SNP and the do-nothing-ism of the Tories, is now essential because post-Brexit realities make the status quo redundant and require us to break with the past.

I think he’s right. If the UK is to stay the UK, we need to make some changes. Changes that devolve power to the constituent countries and regions. The system we have now would never be designed by a rational mind. It could only evolve. It’s a dead end.