Theresa May, MIA: The mysterious case of the missing prime minister | The Economist

HAS anyone seen Britain’s prime minister? Rumour has it that she was campaigning in the south-west of England today. But journalists have found it strangely difficult to catch a glimpse of her—indeed, the local press pack was locked in a room and forbidden from filming her on a visit this morning to a factory, according to CornwallLive, a news website.

For a politician who is said to enjoy canvassing and meeting the public, Theresa May is risking few encounters with ordinary voters. Over the weekend she was in Scotland, where she held a closed event in a hall in the middle of nowhere. Previously she attended a rally at a company in Leeds, whose employees tweeted that they had been sent home before things kicked off. She has refused to take part in televised debates, which Britain is nowadays very rare among democracies in not having.

Source:  The Economist

Survey of 11,000 Europeans finds 68% would vote for basic income | Basic Income News

Support for a Basic Income Referendum  

In response to the first question, 68% of respondents said that if a referendum on basic income was introduced now, they would vote for it. In 2016, this number stood at 64%. Thus, taking into account the margin of error, support for basic income appears to have increased slightly across the EU in the past year. Meanwhile, the proportion who said that they would oppose the referendum remained stable, at 24%.

Source: Basic Income News

Zuma must go, according to latest poll | City Press

I missed this when it first appeared, but it is notable on several fronts:
It is not only White/Coloured/Asian voters who strongly disapprove of Zuma, but also Black voters, who have turned against him in a big way.
Disapproval of Jacob Zuma is also hurting his favoured successor, Nkosana Dlamini-Zuma (and conversely, benefiting his arch-rival, Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa)
Remarkably, (at least in metropolitan areas) DA leader Musi Maimane has as much support as Dlamini-Zuma.

There are obvious caveats in interpreting this data. Political opinion polls in South Africa do not have a strong record, and this poll was conducted only among metropolitan voters. Rural sentiment will be substantially different. Even so, it does no look good for Zuma and his supporters, come the ANC elective conference in November.

If polls hold water, then President Jacob Zuma’s approval rating has hit rock bottom and seven out of 10 South Africans believe he should step down.

Asked whether Zuma should resign as president, 74% of 1000 South Africans said yes. The poll was conducted after Zuma’s controversial reshuffle of his Cabinet last week.

White, Indian and Coloured respondents held stronger views, with 84% calling for his resignation compared with 69% of black respondents.

Source: City Press

‘The higher the inequality, the more likely we are to move away from democracy’ | Inequality | The Guardian

I am asked this question very often: why should we care about inequality? There are three reasons.

First, every inequality in the treatment or position of individuals – including inequality in income and wealth – requires understanding and justification, because we are all fundamentally the same. That does not mean we should all have the same incomes because our effort and luck may vary, but we need to think about the reasons for any and every inequality.

For example, we can adopt Rawls’ perspective – that inequality can be justified only if it is in the interest of the least well-off (that is, so long as it raises the absolute income of the poorest). Or we can agree with Hayek that inequality is acceptable so long as the rules of the game, such as equal access to the market, are observed. Or we can provide another rationale.

But no matter which philosophical opinion we find the most attractive, we have to address the reasons for the existence of inequality.

Source: The Guardian

Forbes: “The UK Government Is Completely Deluded About Brexit”

The UK’s eventual exit from the EU is looking more and more likely to be a train wreck. The Brexiteers in Prime Minister Theresa May’s administration are living in a fantasy world. And although May herself comes across as sensible and pragmatic, it now appears that she is as deluded as they are.

Last Wednesday, April 25th, May met the President of the European Commission, Jean-Claude Juncker, for dinner in London. Senior members of the British and EU negotiating teams were also present.

The dinner was a total disaster. But just how badly it went, at least from the European Commission’s point of view, has only just been revealed.

Source:  Forbes