Tag Archives: Politics

Protest votes – be careful what you wish for

Last week, we were having dinner with three like-minded friends. We usually agree on most things, in particular where politics is concerned. Naturally, the conversation turned to the upcoming UK general election. One of our friends asked the general question … Continue reading

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Do we really need the welfare state?

A few days ago, a complimentary therapist told my wife that she thinks we should get rid of the welfare state and rely on charities to help those in need. This was during a discussion about the rise in the … Continue reading

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Taking care of our own planet before looking at others

I read this morning that a British led consortium of space scientists is planning to crowd fund a mission to land an unmanned probe on the moon and bury a time capsule. People who donate funds will be able to … Continue reading

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The new wave of misogyny and sexism

Recently, I read this excellent piece by Alison Graham in the Radio Times, lambasting sexism in advertisements. Then my parents passed on this little gem by Michael Hogan from The Observer a week or so ago. Sexism is alive and well, … Continue reading

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Rolf Harris and unreliable memories

I have to admit that, as a survivor of child abuse and a victim of groping in my teens, I was really pleased to see Rolf Harris convicted and given a prison sentence last week. Every time this happens, it … Continue reading

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International Conscientious Objectors Day

Today, 15th May, is International Conscientious Objectors Day. A Conscientious Objector (CO) is someone who refuses to join any military organisation or fight in any war for religious, moral or ideological reasons. COs have always been viewed with suspicion and fear, … Continue reading

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The ridiculousness of market fluctuations

Yesterday, I listened with interest to Ed Milliband’s speech at the Labour Party Conference in Brighton. In case you’ve been outside the news bubble for the last 24 hours or so, he stated that, if the Labour Party were to … Continue reading

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