- CBT urges caution on spending on major projects
Boosting spending on fixing existing transport infrastructure and on local schemes is the best practical way of helping the UK economy now, according to a briefing from Campaign for Better Transport (CBT).Following comments by Chancellor Philip Hammond about the need for an infrastructure boost in the upcoming Autumn Statement (23 November), the briefing uses evidence from the UK and the US to argue that a ‘fix it first’ approach on transport spending would better serve the economy than the big projects usually favoured by politicians and commentators.CBT maintains that the current focus on a few large scale infrastructure projects that require huge capital commitments and take a long time to plan and deliver actually offers a very slow return on proposed investment and, at least in some cases, are of direct benefit to only a limited number of people.A ‘fix it first’ approach would not only provide better value for money and produce results quicker, it would also chime strongly with the public, whose primary experience of transport is of poorly maintained local roads and declining bus services.Stephen Joseph, Chief Executive of CBT, says: “We want to see a shift in government policy so that new infrastructure spending focuses on fixing what we already have, especially local roads and railways, and on smaller individual projects or packages of schemes to upgrade local transport and improve local transport services.“The previous Chancellor’s focus on totemic infrastructure projects actually goes against evidence from the UK and elsewhere that shows local transport investment generates better and more timely results for the economy, employment and communities than spending on a few isolated large projects.”
- Thom Yorke Performs ‘Motherless Brooklyn’ Track “Daily Battles” On ‘The Late Show With Stephen Colbert’ [Watch]
On Thursday night, Radiohead frontman Thom Yorke appeared on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert to perform his latest single, “Daily Battles“, written for the forthcoming film, Motherless Brooklyn. You can watch the haunting, solo piano performance below:Thom Yorke – “Daily Battles” – 11/14/19[Video: The Late Show with Stephen Colbert]During a recent episode of Live From Here with Chris Thile, Edward Norton explained that he commissioned the song from Yorke because he felt the Radiohead frontman was the perfect person to capture the essence of the film’s main character—a private detective with Tourette’s syndrome—and the general societal outlook in the 1950s.As Norton explained, he wanted some music “that reflected the dissonance of [the main character’s] sensitive mind. And if there’s anyone in my generation who has captured both longing in the heart and terror and dissonance in the head, it’s Thom Yorke.”After Thom wrote the song, they worked with Wynton Marsalis to arrange a version of the song in the style of Miles Davis for the film. You can watch the full segment below and listen to both the Thom Yorke and Wynton Marsalis studio versions of “Daily Battles” here.Edward Norton Talks Motherless Brooklyn, Thom Yorke, Miles Davis, Wynton Marsalis, & More – Live From Here – 10/12/19[Video: Live From Here]Thom Yorke recently announced a string of 2020 tour dates with Tomorrow’s Modern Boxes, which features Yorke, frequent collaborator Nigel Godrich, and visual artist Tarik Barri.