Quite An Achievement

In the Western hemisphere, and now in the Eastern hemisphere each new generation has lived a more prosperous, safer and better life than the preceding generation. But that trend of improvement in life expectation has reversed, and now in many if not most, nations the younger generation will be less prosperous than the generation that begat them, and what challenges will future generations face as a result of climate change, today barely considered and kicked firmly off the back burner into the long grass? Continue reading

Pots and kettles

Should I fear for the United States or fear for the world? Hilary Rodam Clinton is probably likely to become the next President of the world’s most powerful nation. She brings with her all the ugly baggage of a career politician. Such is the stuff that the voters despise, but the voters of the United States have to choose between the fire and the frying pan, an unsavoury unhealthy choice. Continue reading

A Triumph or a Disaster?

Time has passed, more than two months, since the result of the UK’s referendum was known and Brexit became a reality.For some the result has been depressing but for others quite the opposite. I rather think the result was a triumph of experience over hope. The young with the optimism of youth, feel the older generation has betrayed them. The older generation, perhaps with wisdom in their eyes believe that the vote was in the best interests of all who live in the United Kingdom. We shall see. Continue reading

Take it Back, folks

“We’re going to take our country back, folks” is the rhetoric of Donald Trump, a candidate for the Presidential election which will take place in the USA in November. Mr Trump has all the appeal of a Benito Mussolini – smug, self-satisfied, and somewhat fat in his mind, assuring the American people that they will not be swamped by foreigners and that all foreigners will be treated harshly and in some cases without justice.

As the new American Mussolini talks so his audience cheers, and the audience cheers in the same way, I imagine, that audiences years ago cheered lynchings.

All of Mr Trump’s supporters favour taking their country back, but they do not delve too deeply into what taking their country back means, for if they did they would return the country to the indigenous peoples from whom they stole it, just a few hundred years ago.

Time to Leave

I live in a nation which is part of a Union of 28 nations and my nation is the second wealthiest nation in that Union but one with a small land area and a high population. The Union is a closed customs cartel which is moving towards a political Union. There are many things wrong with the Union. It is undemocratic and pursues policies that put the poorer members of the Union into penury but make the wealthiest member wealthier. Some of these policies do not affect me directly because my country has opted not to share the common currency of the Union but they do affect the nations of Southern Europe. Continue reading

Mr Trump and Ignorance

Donald Trump sought to answer a criticism that he was ignorant of Islam, made by the new Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan. Mr Trump’s answer was to challenge the Mayor to an intelligence test, as though intelligence was the same as knowledge. Mr Trump must surely know Continue reading

Does Anyone Care

Those who measure atmospheric concentrations of carbon dioxide are finding that in April their measurements show the highest ever readings. This seems to be reflected in global heat. February 2016 was the warmest month ever in 137 – years of record keeping. This is the tenth consecutive month that the monthly temperature record has been broken.  Continue reading