Our ‘Net Zero’ Choice: Back To The Stone-Age Or Embrace Capitalism?

Back in the 1970s, experts scared us as we grew up with warnings about nuclear war, global famine due to over-population and, I kid you not, an imminent new ice age. These days, the experts are scaring the kids about the threat posed by a different kind of climate change, warning of a dire future … Continue reading

Forty Years On We Need A New Thatcher

Love her or loathe her, those of us who remember life under Margaret Thatcher’s premiership could probably agree on one thing: if she was in charge today, then Britain would not be in its current predicament. It is 40 years ago this week that Margaret Thatcher swept to power in a country suffering a crisis … Continue reading

A confirmatory vote would snooker Brexit – Should we boycott such a ballot?

Prime Minister Theresa May’s pivot towards Labour means that, like it or not, the probability of another referendum on Brexit has increased in the last few days. How should Brexit supporters respond to such a vote? Brexit Party leader Nigel Farage spoke for many last week at the Leave Means Leave rally in Westminster when … Continue reading

It’s about far more than Brexit… Our democracy is at stake

Today – Friday 29 March 2019 – was to have been Brexit Day but it may instead herald a dark time for democracy in our country. We had been scheduled to leave the European Union (EU) at 11pm this evening. That is, until last week when Prime Minister Theresa May was ordered by Parliament to … Continue reading

A Hong Kong For Europe: The Positive Case For Brexit

Britain’s future outside of the European Union (EU) could be bright and prosperous although you would not believe it from listening to the official Vote Leave campaign. An entrepreneurial, deregulated, low-tax Britain sitting off the coast of the Continent would attract foreign investors and skilled workers alike from around the world. It would be an … Continue reading

Beware Sugar Taxes And The Law Of Unintended Consequences

Health campaigners lobbying for the introduction of a tax on sugary foods and drinks would do well to consider the lessons of the Volkswagen emissions scandal. Well meaning measures to protect the planet from climate change resulted in European Union (EU) governments encouraging a major switch from petrol to diesel vehicles across the continent over … Continue reading

Time For Europe’s Politicians To Face The Truth: The Euro Is A Recession Machine

News this week that deflation is stalking the eurozone while political uncertainty in Greece is undermining confidence in the single currency comes as the iron grip of austerity continues to throttle the economies of southern Europe. A quick look at data from Eurostat – the European Commission’s central statistical organisation – tells you all you … Continue reading

Ebola Death Rate Much Higher Than Press Reports Suggest

Ebola in West Africa is almost certainly far more deadly than press reports indicate. Simplistic analysis of the regular updates issued by the World Health Organisation (WHO) has led many reputable news outlets to underestimate the true death rate of this killer disease while the WHO itself avoids issuing an ongoing analysis of what it … Continue reading

Shame On The Climate Spin Merchants

For a few moments yesterday it looked as though one of the great scientific puzzles of recent times had finally been solved. How can it be in an era of global warming, with average surface temperatures at record highs for much of the last two decades and with the Arctic polar ice cap shrinking, that … Continue reading

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

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