Perhaps this report is greatly exaggerated:

But if reports of death are premature then surely both leavers and remainers are beginning to realise that Brexit is failing as an idea. As Simon Wren Lewis has said “Brexit is fantastical. There is nothing about the case for Brexit that is based in reality. This is why everything Brexiters say is either nonsense… Read more

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Wake up America! Trumpism and the road to Putin’s ‘managed’ democracy (a warning from history)

We all know by now that Trump and anyone on his ‘team’ – which includes almost every Republican member of Congress – are extremely uncomfortable talking about anything to do with Russia. Indeed, so all encompassing is this phobia that the President still finds it impossible to admit that Russia interfered in the 2016 elections,… Read more

The Centre for Cities

  I admit it in some respects I’m a data geek, but had not come across the centre or cities before. This is full of data and has maps such as Fig. 1 and quick facilities to compare many parameters such as housing affordability ratio as in Fig.2, quickly selecting the best and the worst… Read more

Funny money

There was a very listenable recent Radio 4 comedy programme ‘Simon Evans goes to Market on -Philanthropy’ where one of the contributors, Tim Harford, broadcast the damning quote by the future President Roosevelt on Rockefeller’s desire to create a charitable foundation. “No amount of charity in spending such fortunes can compensate in any way for… Read more

The English Civil War and its Ongoing Legacy

I know the English Civil War started in 1642 and ended 9 years later so you’re probably thinking it can’t have much of a legacy now. I just think it might. In the 1580’s the cleric, Richard Hooker, often considered to have written Britain’s first philosophical treatise, ‘The Laws of Ecclesiastical Polity’ wrote  [Book 1… Read more

The Inclusive Development Index

At Progressive Pulse we have never been a fan of GDP or GDP per capita as a measure of the economic well-being of a country. There has been some discussion regarding median income being a very useful measure. A better measure perhaps is the Inclusive Development Index (IDI) which is billed as “a measure of… Read more

Obesity Hotspots

This is the disturbing picture for obesity in England showing that really the whole country is a hotspot for obesity. It is true the sugar tax is coming, but by the time it arrives the overwhelming majority of soft drinks will have switched largely if not completely, to some sort of sugar substitute and it… Read more