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

That is a lot of landfill!

The government has printed some 30 million glossy brochures and has delivered them to every household in the United Kingdom. The brochures set out the government’s case for remaining in the United Kingdom and a debate is raging as to whether the government should have used public funds to undertake this, without giving those who are urging a “leave” vote a similar opportunity. Continue reading

To be in or not to be in; that is the question

To be in, or not to be in, that is the question that the citizens of the United Kingdom will have to answer on 23 June 2016 when they vote in the sea of troubles that will comprise the referendum.

There are three matters that should influence a voters’ decision; different voters will give different weight to each matter.

  1. Freedom; will we enjoy more freedom within the EU or without it?
  2. Prosperity; will we enjoy a better standard of living in the EU or outside the EU?
  3. Safety; will we be safer within by being part of the EU by being outside the EU?

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Migration: we broke it and therefore we bought it

If the environment where people live is destroyed or degraded then the people who live there will move elsewhere. The most important factor in destruction or degradation of the environment is humanity. By greed humanity destroys the environment in particular places; it cuts down forests, it creates vast quantities of carbon dioxide as a by-product of the things it does to satisfy its greed and it makes war for reasons of fear and greed. Continue reading

Port Talbot, Tata and the European Union Emissions Trading Scheme

Closing steelworks is a bit like closing coal mines. Steelworks are dangerous places where a special breed of person works in conditions that are physically dangerous and dangerous to health. Some die in work. However, like coal mines, the works form the rationale for a large community and when the works close the rationale for the community ends and towns and villages end up out of work and very depressed. You then have the irony of folk fighting to have the ability to work in unhealthy dangerous conditions, because that is all the work there is likely to be. Continue reading

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