Wealth always trickles up – it’s all in the maths

I bumped into a very interesting article in the ‘Scientific American’ – which I confess is not my usual bed-time reading and whose maths I find sometimes fairly challenging…. But nonetheless, by using ‘agent-based models’ (indeed they could even be called free agents) a team were able to replicate equal exchanges within an economy and… Read more

University thinking

There is an excellent article in the ‘New Statesman’ on education – or more precisely University Education. As an ex (and failed) Polytechnic student, its conclusions ring true (as a lovely lecturer used to say to us, a Polytechnic is the highest form of education in France, unfortunately in Britain, it is the lowest). This… Read more

Here’s where Leadsom is actually right

Saturday’s Guardian says, “Andrea Leadsom outbid them all when she dreamed of a future when there was “absolutely no regulation whatsoever – no minimum wage, no maternity or paternity rights, no unfair dismissal rights, no pension rights – for the smallest companies that are trying to get off the ground”. This was what Molly Scott… Read more

Life is a death sentence

In our occasional forays into the world of food and drink there are two interesting ripostes to some peer reviewed health reports. A Lancet analysis revealed that if rising life expectancy means years in good health, then health expenditure is expected to increase by only 0.7% of GDP by 2060. Unfortunately it is entirely understandable… Read more