Sugar tax dangers

There is a new and very worrying study that suggests that aspartame (one of those sugar substitutes) actually destroys neurotransmitters – brain chemicals necessary for the function of neurons. Now this test may, possibly, not be correct in humans. But in my view we really need to affirm the safety of these chemicals in food… Read more

Bregrets and Consequences

Well, this is interesting. Cameron asked Junker not to intervene in the referendum. He says if he had not agreed he could have refuted the lies. Which, let’s be frank, were numerous. Would it have been counterproductive? Perhaps, but on balance I tend to think it unlikely, as it is likely to have been a… Read more

Porridge isn’t working

According to Freedom of Information figures published by the ‘Byline Times’ (motto: what the papers don’t say): Thousands of prison officers have been referred for mental health-related assessments in the past year-and-a-half – almost one in eight (12%) of the total number in the role……. ….The figures come at a time when violence in prisons… Read more

Taxing meat

I usually like Richard Murphy’s ideas – but not this one: under his Tax to Save The Environment  he is in favour of taxing meat.  This is principally, as I understand it, because cattle, sheep and goats, owing to their ruminant stomachs, emit significant quantities of methane. Now I haven’t established whether he thinks horses,… Read more

Extinction Rebellion, the Police purpose – and us

According to the most recent ‘Sunday Times’, the joint founders of the Extinction Rebellion, Roger Hallam of King’s College, London and Gail Bradbrook, have spent the last three years researching one hundred years of reform movements and were convinced that the overwhelming evidence for successful reform came about by peaceful protest. Good for them. Instictively,… Read more

A bank holiday with purpose?

The graph below (click to enlarge) shows how poorly endowed the UK working population is with bank holidays: This set me thinking -isn’t it time we encouraged voting by issuing a bank holiday every time there is a vote, so everyone is encouraged to do their democratic duty? We can see that bottom- ranking UK… Read more

Poles

The title is purposely ambiguous because I feared this would be a rant about ‘The Poles’ as in Polish people, (one of whom particularly is a friend)! In fact I’d written to my local councillor about telegraph poles –  she replied with this succinct title. I discovered that BT is actually allowed to put up… Read more

Money is abstract not physical

There is an interesting piece from Joanna Montgomerie of King’s College London, on Storytelling about Debt in which she calls out the: …£1.64 trillion of private debt [86% of GDP]. This enormous stock of debt must be fed a steady stream of present-day income, flowing from households… and she shows that this private debt is almost… Read more