What’s in a Name?

For a project that has generated much initial enthusiasm – long may it continue – the naming of our new creation has been a little contentious. Is contentious the right word? James and I have dithered like a pair of…

Silent screams

I look on and watch silently Your every move noted Your every word memorised You don’t know I control you Yet I follow your every action Watching, waiting, silently brooding A pleasant front a harmless face You will come to…

Security and economics

Youtube – press Read More – Jim Rickards on the military implications of the economic situation. This came from a December, 2010 speech he gave at John Hopkins. Jim Rickards – Economics and National Security – Part 2 Jim Rickards…

What Shall I Vote On AV?

I’ve read all the bumf, listened to all the talk. I am by no means stupid as some of the Con’s wish to imply. So I have a pretty good grasp of the Pro’s and Con’s. And yet, and yet,…

Oh, Well

It’s been an interesting few days during which things have been rattling along and I have struggled to keep up. This is in part because I simply haven’t had the time to devote to this project that James had. Consequently,…

England

Tom reminds us it’s also Shakespeare’s Day. What Leg-iron said, with knobs on… underdogs bite upwards: Calling England.. Happy St. George’s Day. Don’t forget Shakespeare’s birthday too. If you can’t be proud of anything else, you can be proud England…

America’s credit wobbles

The fuss about S&P’s “AAA with negative outlook” for US credit is remarkable mainly for being so far behind the curve. The Beijing-based Dagong credit rating company gave America a significantly lower “AA” with negative outlook, back in July 2010…

His gaff

I saw the article about the gay couple getting thrown out of a pub a day or so ago and I see that it is still rumbling on. In this instance, the response being pretty much that it is the…

Clegg and the College of Europe

Wheels within wheels. Via Sackerson, Jose Manuel Barroso gave a speech at the College of Europe in 2004: “ … it important to promote his positive views on the separation of powers that reflects that the EU’s three powers are…

Why politicians love value added tax

From April 2008: 1) It’s a tax on “consumption”; and consumption is A Bad Thing, as opposed to taxes on “production” which is A Good Thing. This completely ignores the fact that in a largely service based economy, one man’s…

That railway discussion

Further to the discussion about rail the other day, Tim has responded. I’ve replied at some length to his claims. For the most part, his argument is based upon cost and oddly for someone with his politics, CO2 emissions. As,…