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
Any person who cares about their country wants to support the armed forces who are the ultimate protection against foes, current or future, but are our defence forces being used inappropriately on the territories of other countries. Is the cost, in terms of human lives and national resources a price worth paying and is there another approach to achieve better results? Continue reading
Many commentators talk about when ‘the upturn comes’ as though recovery to former prosperity is a certainty for the UK but what guarantee is there that the historic pattern will be followed? What if the results of the banking crisis are actually the trigger to a new pattern? Continue reading
When any situation becomes unmanageable, decluttering is a good initial approach to sorting it out. Decluttering can become a passion or obsession and a great generator of waste: those who purge their wardrobes of anything they haven’t worn in the past X months and so on. Continue reading
Parts of the British media are in danger of becoming ‘thought police’ with undercover techniques masquerading as signifiant investigative journalism. Continue reading