Voting for the Nasty Party

YouGov, a polling operation part owned by Conservative MP, Nadhim Zahawi, has been reported as running a poll that includes a question as to whether ‘those who receive more money from welfare benefits than they pay in taxes’ should be allowed to vote. Apparently (and mercifully) there was much opposition to this. It ought to… Read more

The Old for the Young – or Pensions for the Future?

There is much publicity about the University Pensions strikes. A solution has been suggested by Alexander Douglas Lecturer in Philosophy at the University of St. Andrews, who puts forward a government guarantee for the University Superannuation Service (USS). It sounds like self serving advocacy but he also suggests good reasons that this could be opposed including,… Read more

Better judgement

Against my better judgement, I was persuaded by a friend to attend a talk given by a recently retired High Court judge she knew… (Needless to say I didn’t!) I confess, nonetheless, I was rather impressed. I remember judges from my youth who asked daft questions like who are the Beatles? This man was humorous… Read more

Simple Strategies for Optimising Mental Health. Or….. If all the world could go for a walk…..

In response to Peter May’s post of a few days ago, I didn’t want to leave Mental Health Awareness Week without mentioning some positive and potent lifestyle changes that can be adopted to combat the kind of low-grade  anxiety and depression many of us are now subject to. Anger, frustration, disquiet, helplessness, fuelled by division,… Read more

Building Bridges

Let’s just dive right in and state the obvious. We’re living in a very angry, polarised, post-truth society which has most of us shaking our heads in bewilderment on a daily basis. We are barely coping with both the speed and the direction of the changes that have been thrust upon us. The institutions and… Read more