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Showing posts from July, 2015

Birmingham UNA - The Magna Carta and the British Constitution

I spoke yesterday at a meeting of the Birmingham UNA about The Magna Carta and the British Constitution. We attempted a livestreaming of this, the bandwidth was too low. Hence I have uploaded the recordings. There were two short recordings of 1 and 4 seconds that I have removed, but there are two recordings of a quarter of a minute and then a recording of 1 hour 17 minutes. These are here: I have since updated this by trying to improve the sound and putting the three videos together. That is why the start is a bit disjointed.

John Hemming and the Jazz Lobbyists at The Birmingham Jazz Festival 8th July 2015

First Set Second Set Band Website Livestream Website

Ricardo Hausmann on Greece

I haven't linked to this Article by Ricardo Hausmann about Greece on my blog. I have referred to it on twitter, but I wish to have a record on the blog. With things getting much worse in Greece (unsurprisingly) the government there still seem to be unconcerned about reality. If the Greeks vote no then many of their banks will probably be insolvent in Euros as they will hold Greek Government Debt which is clearly not worth its face value.   I haven't looked at the balance sheets, but the greek banking system has a debt as a whole of about EUR 90bn to the ECB for ELA.  On the credit side they have government debt.  I don't know how much.  It is unclear what the discount should be, but it does not look good. I did make this point on Yanis Varoufakis' blog, but it has not got through the censors. Not surprising really as the government are campaigning for a no vote.