The forecasts of job losses in public services as a result of the deficit reduction programme certainly are dramatic enough to grab the headlines, but how reliable are they?
Forget sevices – the only get out from the current mess is making products other countries want to buy. The good news is there are some really good ideas in the UK – like a new carbonless fuel for your vehicle at around a pound a gallon. Continue reading
The riots at Ford Open Prison over the New Year form a salutory reminder that our prison system is simply not working and it is far too expensive in cash, resources and time.
On the day that VAT goes up to 20 % in the UK the clamour from Labour’s leader Ed Miliband bitches that it is the ‘wrong tax at the wrong time’. Continue reading
They go by names you are unlikely to know, but recent experience in the specialised market for rare-earth metals has a bundle of important lessons for the world. Continue reading
Do you really want to live to be 100 – the frightening prospect that faces a fifth of the current UK population? Continue reading
The other day a professor of politics at Oxford University was interviewed on the radio and was asked if we need a written constitution. Yes, was his reply, but only after we have sorted out the current crisis and brought in any necessary rules, structural changes and regulatations. Continue reading
The government continues in its blinkered approach to the seriousness of our economic situation. This is now manifest in the greatest folly: Gordon Brown telling the Governor of the Bank of England to stop his team being so pessimistic. Gordon, try telling that to Standard & Poor’s as well. Continue reading
Once again the nation is in uproar about the wrong subject. The media and private conversations are discussing the claiming of excessive expenses by Members of Parliament and that is being described as a crisis for democracy.
Unfortunately, the more that the topic is discussed, the more the issues become blurred. Continue reading
It may not have been the cause of the decline and fall of the Roman empire (explained by many as the result of complex unsustainable systems) but the dominance of the Games in their culture is arguably symptomatic of their loss of focus on the core issues that made them successful (like winning wars). Continue reading