Justice and the Rule of Law

Justice, as the Greeks knew, is very close to morality and righteousness. It is the glue that holds the individual in society, for without justice the individual has no business being in society. The rule of law is the concept that everyone, particularly governments and their officials, are not above the law, but are subject to the laws they make and that those laws provide certainty and enable people to live reasonably in society. Continue reading

IPCC; same old thing

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change has published another report. It is simply another summary, consolidation and examination of scientific papers about various aspects of climate change together with an interpretation of the overall effect of scientific knowledge and some guesses as to what will happen in the future. Although the research that has been reviewed is new, the conclusions and summary are not. Virtually none of the newly reviewed research produces any evidence that the consensus of scientific opinion that climate change is happening and is caused by human activity should be changed. Continue reading

Memories – Visiting the Elderly

When I was at George Green’s School in Poplar our headmaster was Mr George C Wilks. Mr Wilks was a small stoutish man who reminded me of an owl, with his large spectacles. At that time teachers wore gowns and Mr Wilks wore the blackest gown of all, impeccably maintained and regularly walked around the building.  Continue reading

The Best is No Longer Yet to Be

All over the western world the rich are getting richer and the less rich are getting less rich. A person who has invested in education is less able to become a reasonable wealthy person than at any time in the last hundred years. It is harder than ever to earn enough money to be able to buy a house, live as well as your parents or even live as well as your parents lived. Of course there are exceptions but generally people are getting poorer while corporations are getting wealthier. After many generations when most people lived better lives than their parents (give or take the occasional world war) most expect succeeding generations on the Western democracies to live less prosperous more hard working lives with considerably less hope than  the lives their parents lived. Continue reading

The Change of Pace in the Economy

The economy is apparently changing reasonably quickly as each new set of statistics shows a small improvement on the last set of economic statistics, but we must be careful not to confuse the pace of change with a change of pace. Continue reading

The Genesis of the Financial Crisis

Around the world most economies are beginning to recover. Recovery is still not certain and some economies are still in terrible condition, but the major economies of the world look in better shape than they were a few years ago. It is probably time to consider what caused the economic crash, on the basis that enough time might have elapsed in order to judge more carefully and more impartially than a judgment made in the heat of the crisis. Continue reading

Keep it simple, keep it small

It is important to recycle that which we no longer need. We carefully separate our paper, plastic, metal and other waste. Many of us are given separate rubbish containers. There are laws requiring us to do this, because if we do not recycle our waste the two bad very undesirable things happen to it. Either it is dumped in landfill, which wrecks the environment and often produces a dangerous and unhealthy land frequently emitting greenhouse gases and pollution, or it is burnt, adding to atmospheric carbon dioxide and particulates in the atmosphere. Some atmospheric particulates are carcinogenic while others make breathing difficult, especially for the elderly and the asthmatic. Continue reading