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An unusual significance

In four weeks’ time, Britain will hold the nearest thing here to a US mid-term election.  Up for grabs are the Scottish and Welsh Parliaments, the London Mayor and Assembly, several regional mayors and local councils across England.  And although not strictly mid-term – the current parliament could sit until …

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Want to save the High Street? Reform social security

It goes without saying that online retail has had a good pandemic.  And when it comes to online retail, Amazon leads the pack.  At the same time, “bricks and mortar” aka “High Street” retail has taken a pounding, as the retail apocalypse gathers pace.  Understandably, demands for a new “Amazon …

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A faint echo of June 1942

There was something vaguely Churchillian about Boris Johnson’s address to the nation on 12 March last year: “We have all got to be clear, this is the worst public health crisis for a generation. Some people compare it to seasonal flu. Alas, that is not right. Due to the lack …

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The final curtain

It has been a year since I last wrote about Brexit.  My reason was simple; there was no longer anything to discuss.  Despite having written extensively about the process between 2015 and 2019, Boris Johnson’s massive election victory a year ago brought the process to an end.  In short order, …

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Something sinister?

Those of us of a certain age can remember a more benevolent time[1] in which schoolchildren were given free milk every morning.  Some may also remember the free NHS orange juice and rosehip syrup that was given to young children due to concern that they had insufficient vitamin C in …

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The Real Great Reset

In the more conspiratorial corners of the Internet, the “Great Reset” is a sinister public face of an elite plan to enslave humanity by creating a global authoritarian surveillance super-state, compete with re-education camps for those who suffer from wrongthink, and Soylent Green-style euthanasia camps for addressing the twin problems …

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Road pricing guaranteed

Central to the UK government’s 10-point version of a green new deal is the ambitious promise of: “Phasing out sales of new petrol and diesel cars and vans by 2030 to accelerate the transition to electric vehicles and investing in grants to help buy cars and charge point infrastructure.” The …

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What we learn from history

Fifty four years ago today the sleepy South Wales village of Aberfan entered the history books for all the wrong reasons.  Early that morning – Friday 21 October 1966 – following weeks of heavy rain, workmen on number seven tip on the mountain above the village reported subsidence.  Nothing was …

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When payment falls due

Congratulations!!  You just failed the Marshmallow Test… and your failure was entirely predictable. The Marshmallow Test is a psychological experiment devised in the 1970s by psychologist Walter Mischel, a professor at Stanford University, to measure deferred gratification in children.  The test was simple enough.  A child would be sat at …

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Information overload

One of the less mentioned by-products of the printing press was the spread of what today would be called fake news.  In particular, a previously uninformed population began learning about the supposed satanic misdeeds of the elites; and that witches dwelt among us.  This was especially true in the areas …

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