Fight Or Flight

Readers of our blog ‘The Social Contract’ could view this article as part II & you never know it might become a trilogy!     I want to address the concept of living & working where you are treated best rather than enduring a degrading environment & being treated worst. British culture in common with many nations,... Continue Reading →

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 →

Anti-Social Media

It was a halcyon dream wasn’t it, the creation of a parallel universe of browser and app based communities that we could all join on demand. No entry fees, effectively VIP passes into all global digital bars, clubs, pubs & meeting places. Not only could we meet our friends and family physically now we could... Continue Reading →

Living With John Lewis

One of the most divisive unintended consequences of UK government policy protecting the country’s green and pleasant lands from development for the last 50 years is that there aren’t enough places being built for an increasing population to live in. For readers outside the UK sometimes confused as to why British property prices appear to... 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 →

Modern Slavery

My mind meanders around this topic a lot. Essentially, consumerism appears to have evolved to wanting really cheap stuff whatever the consequences. Perhaps the recent example of Boohoo group’s near-collapse from being prodigal UK retailer solidified your point of view, it certainly has mine. I must admit to some trepidation writing this blog, I don’t... 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 →

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