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Just don’t say you didn’t know

The arrival of the Omicron variant, just weeks before Christmas, has caused a large part of the establishment media and the neoliberal elite to salivate at the prospect of more lockdowns.  This despite early evidence that the variant is mild even though it appears even more transmissible than the Delta …

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In Brief: depression overload, mitigation (2), more safety traded for peace of mind, nationalisation in all but name

Untreatable depression Mental health has been a tacitly accepted casualty of the pandemic restrictions and lockdowns.  In addition to the anxiety in response to the virus itself, the threat to people’s livelihoods and the prolonged periods of social isolation – including the “social distancing” in previously intimate gatherings – have …

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Hogwash

In the early 1980s, to Margaret Thatcher’s annoyance, union reps and managers at the steelworks in Port Talbot agreed a strategy to save the plant.  As a result, Port Talbot was spared the post-industrial blight visited upon most of Britain’s ex-industrial towns.  Now in private hands, and despite periodic crises, …

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In Brief: Behind the job figures, Blind faith

Not quite so rosy The establishment media has portrayed the latest UK job figures in gushing terms.  And in fairness, things might have been a lot worse.  Nevertheless, the Office for National Statistics offers several caveats not reported in the mainstream.  Such as: “It is possible that those made redundant …

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On health and shipping

It is mid-November, the autumn has been unusually mild, and the NHS has just declared its first crisis of the 2021-22 winter season.  Across the UK, emergency ambulance services are failing because ambulances which should be on station waiting to respond to emergencies like heart attacks, strokes and road traffic …

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Beyond the green false deal

What you are watching is an international trade fayre for a burgeoning green industry.  It is no accident that the fossil fuel corporations are over-represented or that the banking and financial sector are heavily involved.  Because, while human-caused climate change is real enough, the “solution” you are being sold is …

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Out of their depth, taxis and the backward march of Labour

With neither map nor compass After a fortnight of establishment media wishful thinking, yesterday’s monetary policy committee meeting brought forth disappointment.  The committee voted 7 to 2 not to raise interest rates after all. Insofar as global shortages, broken supply chains and rising energy costs are not the result of …

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A red light on the dashboard

On New Year’s Eve 2006-7, something unexpected happened.  For most of the previous two decades, most of the pubs where I live had operated a system where they gave tickets to regular drinkers in order to limit the number of people seeking entry.  This was a problem because one couldn’t …

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Godwin, vapourware and a royal toilet seat

An early outing for Godwin Godwin’s law put in an early appearance at COP26, when the Archbishop of Canterbury accused politicians who ignored climate change of being worse than those who “ignored what was happening in Nazi Germany: “It [climate change] will allow a genocide on an infinitely greater scale. …

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