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Of potholes, disasters and collapse

Pot holes

One benefit of cycling (rather than driving) along public roads is that I have had a much better view of the slow degeneration of the road surface.  As a regular cyclist, I have been aware for more than a year that my local roads had deteriorated to the point that …

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Energy and the Enlightenment

Sugar - the fuel of the Enlightenment

With Steven Pinker’s new book Enlightenment Now currently making the headlines, it is worth, perhaps, visiting two of the least asked questions about the European Enlightenment – why did it happen where and when it did? The mainstream answer – one that underlay the European racism and nationalism of the …

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P.T. Barnum does it again

Money in space

If you are in the business of getting people to pay you to (fail to) do the impossible, you must dress up the possible every now and then and put on a show.  Our modern day P.T. Barnum does this with sickening regularity, and, like any good magician or con …

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Suing oil companies as futile as boycotting them

Law

Last year we learned that more than half of humanity’s greenhouse gas emissions could be traced back to the activities of just 25 corporations; including the oil companies.  Cue ill-conceived social media posts demanding an immediate boycott. Even environmental NGOs like Greenpeace and Friends of the Earth were obliged to …

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UK government ‘not serious’ about Brexit

Customs post

Employing and training several thousand new customs officers is not something that can be done overnight.  According to the National Career Service the usual route to becoming a customs officer is to begin as an Administrative Assistant , Assistant Officer or Administrative Officer within the service and then to progress …

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Brexit home truths

Brexit down and out

Plaid Cymru leader Leanne Wood took to social media over the weekend to criticise the UK Labour Party stance on Brexit: “Time and time again, Labour fail to stand up to the Tories and oppose their extreme version of Brexit. “In Wales, the Labour Welsh government signed up to a …

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Brexit: where the art of politics breaks down

Brexit negotiations

Politics is the art of compromise.  Whatever the issue, for the greater good of society no side can be ignored entirely and the winner cannot take all.  Everyone gets some of what they need and nobody gets everything they want.  It is a messy and often dissatisfactory process, but it …

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Taking a Russian approach to climate change

Fake News

The problem with Russian “fake news” is that it isn’t all that fake.  This is why Western politicians go out of their way to avoid giving examples, while media outlets attempt to conflate it with the output from Bulgarian clickbait factories. Outlets like Russia Today and Sputnik use a different …

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UK government has a cruelty problem

Tory cruelty

This morning, observant people in Cardiff will have learned from their local paper (these things never make the national news) that: “A 32-year-old woman has been found dead in a Cardiff park.” In homelessness, at least, it would appear that government attempts to promote gender equality are paying off.  As Dawn …

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Thatcher’s legacy

Thatcher's legacy of debt

Twenty seven years ago today one of Britain’s most successful – and divisive – prime ministers left 10 Downing Street for the last time.  In her wake lay the ruins of Britain’s industrial past.  Coal, steel, shipbuilding, factory and rail towns had been reduced to a shadow of their former …

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