Winter Of Discontent #2

Sometimes bad news permeates & seeps into our consciousness over a period of time.  I refer here to the gradual worsening of supply of goods & utilities across the UK and parts of Europe that has been gathering pace in the last few months. During the last few weeks the UK, which, as an island,... Continue Reading →

Don’t Get Old In The UK!

In the last few days, the British Government announced a supposedly ‘radical’ upheaval to the provision of social care in England. For ease, we can define social care as the delivery of residential care for the elderly when it becomes impossible or inadvisable for the individual to stay in their own home. The UK has... Continue Reading →

Talibank

Amidst the human tragedy seen throughout Afghanistan in August 2021 as the Taliban forces wrested control from the pro-western government, is a powerful financial machine which funds the Islamists & explains why it was possible to take over, in less than 2 weeks, a country with 40m people. The Talibank is alive and well. A... Continue Reading →

The Overton Window

Talk to anyone of a similar generation to the sadly departed UK’s Duke of Edinburgh (husband & consort of HRH Queen Elizabeth) and they bemoan the lack of quality in the political ruling class we seem to have these days. I’ve been fascinated by this generational comparison of politicians for quite a while & I... Continue Reading →

Liberty, the most important fatality of COVID

Regular readers will be in no doubt that I vehemently disagree, with bile rising, with the concept of lock-downs & circuit breakers, indeed any reduction in civil or economic liberty, as a means to manage epidemics or pandemics. I defer to Swedish Head Epidemiologist, Anders Tegnell who said recently ‘most countries have sacrificed science for... Continue Reading →

The Truth About BREXIT

I voted to remain so I lost the vote and argument. But losing doesn’t stop me from exploring the madness with you. Losing has been rather cathartic because it encourages, nee, forces analysis of what we could do to make the best of the UK’s new status. So now the truth bit… 1. Despite the... Continue Reading →

Eradicate COVID-19 With Data!

This time folks, I want to take a look at the COVID-19 pandemic purely through the lens of data. The news reports ebb and flow and government advice around the world appears to change by the day. I wondered if trying to take all the emotion and hyperbole out of the situation would help develop... Continue Reading →

Some Lives Matter?

Civil unrest will escalate to levels not seen since for 50 years in many G20 countries. A sobering but non-controversial prognosis I know. But hidden away in all the causes and effects of state reactions to COVID is a root cause of this unrest - an unintended consequence - that democracy may struggle to recover... Continue Reading →

Downing Street Delusion

Perhaps you’ve also been astounded by the volume of ineptitude emanating from No 10 Downing Street, the home of the British Government, in recent months.  Democracy suggests that we get the politicians we deserve and if that’s true then British society really must be in a bad place. I am in no doubt that the... Continue Reading →

Digital Nomads

Far from being the anti-social beach bums sporting Aviators and MacBooks often portrayed in the media, Digital Nomads are increasingly populating the engine room of commerce. I think they may very well be the key that unlocks global recovery from economic COVIDitis. These boys and girls can indeed ply their trade sitting on a beach,... Continue Reading →

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