It should never be veganuary in this or any other month

An excellent article by food journalist, Joanna Blythman in the (Glasgow) Herald, whose thoughts reflect my own: Johnson clearly hasn’t been in control of his weight for years. It took coronavirus to make him realise that those extra stones he’s been carrying are a marker for poor metabolic health, which predisposes you to all sorts… Read more

Ultra Processed Food and Health

Although it is rather removed from current Christmas Party preoccupations, I thought this article in the latest edition of the American magazine, Newsweek was impressive. It explains in devastating detail how America’s own food businesses are poisoning their own population. The article is actually very instructive and well worth reading in full. Probably the most… Read more

Civilisation means reinvesting our surplus – in us all

I thought this article was excellent stuff. The author suggests that humans, having finished a nomadic hunter- gatherer existence such that when we stayed put and had a food surplus, which could be stored as insurance against a famine, we arrived at what could be termed civilisation. Of course this is a summary of civilisation… Read more

Is a balance of payments deficit by definition a desire of supplying countries to invest?

This, to me is a very difficult question but in a recent seminar from the UK in a Changing Europe it was suggested by Meredith Crowley. She thought that a deficit was an indication of a desire to invest. I’m rather conflicted… For what always worries me is our food deficit. Maybe other countries do… Read more

Sunak lying again about Brexit ‘advantages’

Yet another example of this politician’s problem is this indication of wine duties in the EU and the UK: I am amazed that Sunak could suggest that his alcohol duty alterations are a result of the ‘freedom’ of Brexit. Rather like Freeports, they are categorically not. It is a complete ‘terminological inexactitude’ – as Churchill… Read more

Epitome of Climate Change

I was intrigued by this commentary – which relates not to the normal preoccupations of Progressive Pulse but to what used to be my own preoccupations. Global warming is having a considerable impact on vine growing. Yes, Britain is benefitting to some extent from global climate warming so Pinot Noir, the difficult and sole grape… Read more

‘Cash generative’ Morrisons…

I heard on Radio 4 this morning that like any supermarket, Morrisons was ‘cash generative’. I’m sure it is. That is allegedly the simple appeal for the New York private equity bid – and allegedly, too they have ‘assured’ that they will not engage in property sale and leaseback or any similar sell-off. As Morrisons… Read more