Is world-leading NHS healthcare an affordable proposition?

Authors: David Laws, Consultant Anaesthetist, City Hospitals Sunderland NHS Foundation Trust, Sunderland, Tyne & Wear, SR4 7TP Professor Charles S. Adams, Department of Physics, Durham University, Durham, DH1 3LE Introduction: The unquestioned assertion that a highly developed currency-issuing nation cannot afford high quality healthcare [1] is based upon a set of inter-related and almost universally-held… 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

Some data on the UK housing problem.

We hear a lot about the housing crisis and following on from a discussion on Richard Murphy’s blog I thought I would have a look at the data. Ideally all discussion should begin with data—in data there is truth—but we should remember that data-ists have enormous freedom as to what data to choose and how… Read more

May the slogan-master: what a dead-end approach to EU negotiation really looks like

One would think that having lost an election that was apparently in the bag through the endless repetition of a banal slogan, amongst other blunders, Prime Minister May would have learnt a valuable lesson. But following on from her lacklustre ‘dynamic’ speech in Florence, and a torrid time at the Conservative Party conference, May was… Read more