Politics

Unemployment Benefit: Getting Things Into Perspective

If you ask people what they think the biggest problem facing this country is you quite often get one of two answers. Either it is immigration or it is the problem of people who are living a life of luxury on the dole because they do not want to work. It is important if you […]

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Christmas: A Good Time To Hide A Consultation

The Stage 2 Consultation for the proposed Sizewell C nuclear power station runs from 23 November 2016 until 3rd February 20171. As with the Stage 1 consultation this runs over the Christmas / New Year period. In affect this significantly cuts the consultation period due to the disruption caused by the extended holiday period. The […]

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Not Believing Your Own Eyes

We all tend to live in a very small bubble of people we socialise with (both face to face and via social media) and of the locality and workplaces we frequent. This can give us a very distorted data about the world we live in. It is therefore often important to look at the ‘bigger […]

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EU Expenditure – £350m per week

A few days ago on Question Time1 on the Michael Gove was asked “what billion are we talking about, is it a million million or a thousand million?”. He was not able to answer. This shows how numbers are bandied about with neither the person using them or the audience knowing what they mean. One […]

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Syria

A lot of the media coverage of the current situation in Syria is complete drivel which is often just regurgitating the crap spouted by politicians. This is not a full analysis of what is going on in Syria but there are a few points I would like to make. Personally I ignore what is said […]

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Don’t Confuse Voting With Politics

On a recent anti-austerity rally in Norwich some of the protesters had posters saying ‘Get The Tories Out!’. It was good in one way – many of the people passing stopped and asked why we were calling to ‘get them out’ when we had just voted to ‘get them in’. I totally agreed with them […]

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Katie Hopkins – al Qaeda’s ‘Useful Idiot’

Katie Hopkins recent comments about refugees have definitely increased racial hatred – not against the refugees but against us. This post is not about the ongoing plight of refugees in the Mediterranean. Not because I think it unimportant but because it has been covered elsewhere1. The editors of the ‘Daily Jihad’ or whatever ISIS/Al Qaeda […]

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Election Debate – The EU

There is quite a bit you can say about the EU. In fact it is one of the centre of the policy of some parties. However, let us get it in perspective – see the graph on the right. There are much more important things to talk about. The data for EU costs are taken […]

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Election Debate – Is There A Green Alternative

While this is a criticism of the Green Party I am not singling it out because it is worse than other parties but because it is one of the best. I have (or did have) many friends who are in the Green Party including local councillors and people standing for election. They are all hard […]

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Election Debate – Debt

I had just gathered a few graphics and was about to write this post when I was alerted to a post by Simon Wren-Lewis1 which covered some of what I was going to say. However, I still have a few points of my own to make. The economy is one of the main debates around […]

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