Tag: public services

  • the appalling state of @crosscountryuk trains

    Half the toilets were out of order as per usual. Once I squeezed myself through an astonishingly overcrowded train, this was the state of the other toilet. The floor was pretty awful but thought it was nicer not to photograph it:      

  • big data and the politics of austerity 

    From Infoglut, by Mark Andrejevic, loc 607. The context to digital innovation in public services:  What emerges is a kind of actuarial model of crime: one that lends itself to aggregate considerations regarding how best to allocate resources under conditions of scarcity – a set of concerns that fits neatly with the conjunction of generalized […]

  • The Popularity of Public Ownership

    There’s a great article on Open Democracy discussing the politics of public ownership. I couldn’t agree more emphatically with the analysis and that’s why I’m giving as much of my time as I can to We Own It despite being chronically overworked at present. ‘If a political party announced a plan to end the privatisation […]

  • Did you know that “first class tickets are required for first class travel”?

    As has so often happened in the last year of my life, I found myself on an unpleasantly crowded train home this evening after a long day in London. I could not fail to be aware of the impending crowds as I began to board the train – the hordes of people who had ran […]