Fat chance

“Obesity is unlikely to occur (although it is not unknown) without the refinement of foods, because without such refinement it is hard for the body to process enough food to obtain a large excess of calories. Modern refinement frees calories and provides them in concentrated packages, making  over-consumption possible. Given the costs of transportation and… Read more

Universal Basic Services – the soup kitchen and others

After free information and free transport, which I considered here the remaining two recommendations of the recent report on Universal Basic Services are free Food and Shelter. At a time of record low interest rates the report’s proposal to issue bonds to finance lots more social housing is uncontroversial. Thereafter there are some very big… Read more

Universal Basic Services – Transports of delight?

Information and transport were two of the four flagship services proposed by the recent University College London UBS report. Having reread the report I looked at here the concept of free information through a phone or internet connection should be pretty striaghtforward to implement. Indeed when the government is providing an assured income for providers… Read more

Who’s for Universal Basic Services?

It is encouraging to see innovative proposals for change and the recent report on the Universal Basic Services made for interesting reading. Universal Basic Services are seen as a more economical alternative to the more expensive Universal Basic Income. Firstly I like the originality of the idea – although the first Universal Basic Service was… Read more

Reality on Immigration

And what surpised me above all was that this reality was publicised by  – a fashion brand… We could compare and contrast with our ex Home Secretary, now our Prime Minister, responsible for these advertising hoardings:   If fashion is so broadminded and the Prime Minister really does believe in some actual benefit in immigration,… Read more

Strepsils and hope

Nicola Sturgeon has, as we see, come prepared. Perhaps her audience should,themselves, be prepared in other ways. As Nicola refuses to hold an independence referendum before the Brexit negotiations are more ‘fully resolved’, she may be doing us English & Welsh and Northern Irish a favour. If Scotland, having seen the disaster that will be the… Read more