UK Deputy Prime Minister Clegg disputed UKIP leader Nigel Farage's claims about the the need to build a city the size of Manchester to cope with population growth. Yet ONS data shows we shall need to build the equivalent of a country the size of Belgium over 25 years...
  • Clegg Was Right: We Don’t Need Another Manchester – We Need To Build Belgium

    There was a moment in the BBC debate between Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg (right) and UKIP leader Nigel Farage that touched on a massive issue for the future of the UK that our politicians seem reluctant to confront: the rate of our population growth; our ability to build and, crucially, to pay for the infrastructure that will be needed; and the impact that all this building will have on the environment of our still green and pleasant land.

    UK Office for National Statistics (ONS) data projects Britain’s population to grow hugely - by around 2m in five years and by around 10m over 25 years, reaching 74m sometime around 2039. That's the equivalent of a country the size of Belgium...

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UK Deputy Prime Minister Clegg disputed UKIP leader Nigel Farage's claims about the the need to build a city the size of Manchester to cope with population growth. Yet ONS data shows we shall need to build the equivalent of a country the size of Belgium over 25 years...

Politicians Must Be Open About UK Population And The Need For More Infrastructure

There was a moment in the BBC debate between Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg and UKIP leader Nigel Farage that touched on a massive issue for the future of the UK that our politicians seem reluctant to confront: the rate of our population growth; our ability to build and, crucially, to pay for the infrastructure that … Continue reading

“Nobody on this planet is going to be untouched by the impacts of climate change,” IPCC chairman Rajendra Pachauri, told the news conference held in Yokohama, Japan, to launch the report, entitled “Climate Change 2014: Impacts, Adaptation, and Vulnerability”. Courtesy: BBC.

Climate Change: Effective Adaptation Versus Costly Curbs – The Dilemma For UK Policy Makers

The four horsemen of the apocalypse make an appearance in today’s report from the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). “Increasing magnitudes of warming increase the likelihood of severe, pervasive, and irreversible impacts” warns the report which makes for scary reading, highlighting the risks of food shortages, floods and the extinction of many … Continue reading

George Osborne: 3.2 million people will pay no income tax by 2015. But is this such a good idea?

Skin In The Game: Why Taking People Out Of Tax May Not Be Such A Good Idea

A philosophical thread ran through yesterday’s UK Budget linking the historic changes to pension rules with the increase in the amount that workers can earn before they start paying income tax. It is better for people to have control over their own money rather than it is to let insurance companies do it through pension … Continue reading

This is an image showing the changing polarisation of microwave radiation left over from the Big Bang in different parts of the sky. The Antarctic telescope discovered a faint but distinctive swirl pattern in the polarisation of cosmic microwaves left over from the Big Bang. This is evidence of cosmic inflation.

The Fingerprints Of God Are Found Imprinted On The Sky

News of a major breakthrough in physics emerged yesterday (Monday, 17 March, 2014) and is reported widely across the press today; and rightly so, for this is one of the most important scientific discoveries of our time. Scientists using a special radio telescope in Antarctica have found evidence that ancient waves of gravity rippled through … Continue reading

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Would You Want To Know If You Had Alzheimer’s?

Would you want to know if you were going to get dementia? That is the frightening question posed by new research published online in Nature Medicine this week. A new blood test that looks for tell-tale signs of Alzheimer’s in the fat composition of your blood has been developed by researchers at the Georgetown University … Continue reading

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The Big Question: Is It Our Moral Duty To Stand Up To Russia Over Ukraine?

Is it our moral duty to stand up to Russia? This was the first question debated on this morning’s edition of The Big Questions on BBC1 television in the UK. And the question cuts to the heart of the Ukrainian problem: what is the right thing to do when faced with illegal actions by a … Continue reading

Russian President Vladimir Putin has exposed the West's weakness. Courtesy: BBC

The Real And Scary Lesson For The West From Ukraine

Crisis in Ukraine has exposed weakness and confusion in the West. Speak softly and carry a big stick, advised former US President Theodore Roosevelt. Yet, we have done precisely the opposite over Ukraine by talking tough and making unspecified threats that we are unable to back up. Worse, the European Union (EU), set up to … Continue reading

Realpolitik... Russia's leased base at Sevastopol in Crimea, a strategically vital warm water port of the Russian Navy. Putin would not wish to see the host country become part of the EU or even NATO. Courtesy: BBC.

We Would Be Mad To Challenge Putin Over Ukraine

Western diplomats are playing a dangerous game by insisting that the territorial integrity of Ukraine is inviolable and ordering Russia not meddle in this former Soviet republic. Just this week Barack Obama’s national security adviser Susan Rice said it would be a “grave mistake” for Russian president Vladimir Putin to send soldiers into Ukraine. While … Continue reading

Blocking an independent Scotland's ability to share the pound could damage business, said First Minister Alex Salmond on 17 February.  It may also force Scottish savers to think about where they keep their money. Picture: courtesy BBC.

Would You Leave Your Money In A Scottish Bank Account Post Independence?

Remember Iceland. The Icelandic banking system was far bigger than the Icelandic economy and when the financial crisis broke and the banks went pop, the Icelandic government was unable to bail out its banks. People lost money. If Scotland’s First Minister Alex Salmond fails in his quest to keep an independent Scotland within a monetary … Continue reading

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Global Warming Pause Goes Mainstream But No One Can Explain It

Global temperature data for 2013 was released yesterday by two major US government agencies and the announcements confirm that the pause in global warming that began in the late 1990s has continued for another year. America’s National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) simultaneously released their reports on … Continue reading

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