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An echo of yesteryear

In the early 1940s, my dear departed mother had all of her teeth removed in a single sitting.  Even by the standards of today’s NHS dental service – which is a pale shadow of the comprehensive pre-Thatcher service – the reasons for this will be considered barbaric.  My mother had …

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Lockdown: It’s the mood swings that bother me most

New Zealand has put a stop to community transmission of SARS-Cov-2; Yeah!  It is a victory of sorts, and one which was hard won.  As the BBC explain: “The country brought in some of the toughest restrictions in the world on travel and activity early on in the pandemic, when …

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This is all YOUR fault

One person is responsible for the devastating spread of Covid-19 through your community.  That person is YOU!  That, at least, is the line that the establishment media has been taking from the very beginning.  As each new problem – largely the result of a failure of planning by the government …

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This is a lesson not an outcome

You might be forgiven for thinking that the world is in the grip of a SARS-Cov-2 pandemic crisis.  That is only partially true, though.  The real crisis is in the neoliberal system which left us so desperately unprepared to meet what was a known threat.  The UK government’s own Operation …

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Enough will have to be good enough

If you were looking for a moment when Brexit and the election of Donald Trump became inevitable, you could do a lot worse than going back to 2008 when the neoliberal left chose to bailout Wall Street and the City of London.  The way in which the bailout worked was …

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Panic! What panic?

There is nothing quite like queues and empty shelves to sell news stories.  So it is that the UK media have finally got the story that they have been waiting for since SARS-CoV-2 began its 2020 world tour.  Toilet rolls, hand sanitiser and sanitary towels are just a few of …

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What are we planning for?

The UK government has published plans for responding to the threatened COVID-19 pandemic which ministers say could affect between 50 and 80 percent of the population, and could result in 20 percent of the workforce being off sick at the same time. As with all of these things, we begin …

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Decline and Fall: The Brexit years

An excerpt from my new book which is available on Amazon or to order from bookshops and libraries: I didn’t set out to write about Brexit.  My interests have always been in the far more profound crisis stemming from what environmentalists – among others – refer to as trying to have …

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Our second greatest shortcoming

The late Albert Bartlett, a professor in nuclear physics at the University of Colorado, famously explained that: “The greatest shortcoming of the human race is our inability to understand the exponential function.” What Bartlett was referring to was the way in which most people misunderstand growth – whether of an …

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The strange death of the BBC

US President Franklyn D. Roosevelt coined the idea that the first 100 days of a government provided the best opportunity to introduce the greatest reforms.  In the years since, it has become a truism; one that Johnson’s Tories will be fully aware of.  It is instructive then that with the …

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