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Are the Troubles Returning to Northern Ireland?

1 day ago

On the 23rd February, at the height of the transient post Brexit freight blockages between NI and the rest of the UK, the BBC reported loyalists saying that "There is "palpable anger" among unionists over the NI Protocol but loyalists are not thinking of a return to violence"  (BBC).  So why is there so much violence in April?A young protestant man gave an interview on BBC television news yesterday where he said that the violence was not because of the border issues, it was because the loyalists felt defeated.  That Sinn Fein had won.  The BBC summarised this as the violence being about Brexit.  This despite the BBC itself having commissioned a poll that showed that 83% of NI voters did not believe Brexit affected their view of a United Ireland.The broadcast media have been assiduously

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Something must be done about the BBC

2 days ago

[unable to retrieve full-text content]Today the BBC treated us to a morning of terror about the AstroZeneca vaccine killing people.  The true news was that about 18 people may have died from rare blood clotting disorders among over 20 million people given the vaccine. The 18 people is an un-adjusted number that includes natural deaths from blood clotting.  According to a Danish study: "Here, based on pre-pandemic incidence rates from the entire Danish population, we report that the number of venous thromboembolisms reported in relation to the Oxford–AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine does not seem to be increased beyond the expected incidence rate. Nevertheless, recent reports of thrombocytopenia-associated cerebral venous sinus thrombosis, multiple thrombosis, and bleeding within a short

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Are Astra Zeneca Vaccine Reactions a Scapegoat for the EU?

3 days ago

I once spent several months operating the adverse reactions database for a major pharmaceutical company.  Most drugs and vaccines had at least one death associated with their use such as anaphylaxis or skin rashes so terrible that the patient died.  When millions of people are exposed to any novel substance a very few will react adversely and some of these will die.  The important issue is whether the drug etc. is of significant benefit despite a very low risk of severe adverse reaction.Most people occasionally take paracetamol (acetaminophen).  It is freely available at pharmacists and regarded as one of the safest oral medicines.  If we take a look at adverse reactions in the European adverse reactions database (called Eudravigilance) paracetamol caused 58 deaths from adverse reactions

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How evil is the BBC?

4 days ago

The BBC is trusted to provide an in-depth and unbiased account of the news.  Does it fulfill this brief?National and Public Service Broadcasters use four main techniques to impose bias. The most frequent bias is the omission of news from one side of a debate so that it appears as if a particular view is obvious. Another technique is anecdotal reporting in which they use people like glove puppets, interviewing erudite academics on one side of an issue and fools on the other side. A subtler technique is to attach news summaries to current affairs programs so that news can be divided into factual news and suspect opinions.  The use of US news as if it applied to the UK is another method of hiding bias.The BBC are the masters of subtle bias.  Why they are biased will be discussed later but

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Does my bum look big in this?

8 days ago

Two events grabbed my attention this week.  The first was a friend who disparaged religion and said that the important thing was to live a good life.  The second was the introduction to a nineteen sixties comedy program by its script writer in which he said that in those days some of the cast were gay but no-one was bothered about laughing.The nineteen sixties was the great liberation from guilt in the UK.  Prior to the nineteen sixties people were indoctrinated to feel guilty about everything, particularly sex.  Religion, the source of most guilt, was rejected.  By nineteen seventy the only remaining guilt was when a man’s wife asked him how she looked and if he replied "nice" his loyalty could then be tested by the extent of guilt that could be inflicted.  The inflicting of guilt is

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BBC Bias and Charter Violation in the past month

9 days ago

The Charter charges the BBC with having a higher standard of journalism than its competitors and performing in depth analyses. This, albeit weak, directive means that the BBC must not use anecdote to attack real data and it must not undermine one side of the debate by omitting it from coverage.  As will be seen below, the BBC is routinely violating the Charter and the best solution is to trim down BBC News broadcasting so that it deals in mature, fact based reporting.The most outrageous example of Charter breaking occurred after the publication of the "Commission on Race and Ethnic Disparities: The Report" where the data from the Report was suppressed and countered with anecdotal reports from activists.  The BBC behaved like a political organisation which, when faced with a carefully

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The Report on Racism

10 days ago

The "Report by the Commission on Race and Ethnic Disparities" has just been published.  The Commissioners were nearly all from BAME backgrounds and have produced a robust and fair Report. The Report identified a class divide in which the cycle of advantage maintains a section of the population in wealth and leaves the large bulk of the population in relative poverty.   The wealthy class is largely white British but the poorer class consists of large numbers of white British and other ethnic groups.  This class divide causes a bias in the crude statistics on disadvantage so that majority, poor white British are labelled as "white supremacists" etc. when it is the small wealthy class that actually creates the disparity that causes this analysis.The most striking finding is that different

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Batley marks a turning point for the UK

11 days ago

Has anyone noticed that a simmering debate about sex in schools has been elevated to the number one spot on all broadcast news?  It could have been covered last week or next week but had mega coverage as a moral panic on Monday.  Why?The answer is that it is the ideal story to suppress coverage of what happened in Batley.The teacher at Batley was teaching the National Curriculum for RS Stage 2 which has the objective of examining why Islam is opposed to any visual representations of the prophet or the works of Allah (ie: any visual representations).  In return for doing his job he was met by mass protests, immediately suspended and the authorities gave abject apologies for doing wrong.The teacher cannot return to Batley and fears for his life.  There are no penalties for hate speech

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China and Overseas Trade

12 days ago

It is over two centuries since Ricardo’s "On The Principles of Political Economy and Taxation (1817)" but it is still influential in the teaching of economics.  Obviously we have moved on from talking about brute labour to more refined inputs to the production process but Ricardo’s ideas still haunt us.  One idea in particular is creaking in the modern age: the universal benefit of overseas trade.  Ricardo was a successful banker and a stockbroker.  Other great economists have been academics and philosophers.  What they all share is that they divorce money and trade from the actual process of creating goods and services. The support of overseas trade as a "universal benefit" is partly a result of this detachment and disdain for the process of business.Most production begins with enthusiasm

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Cartoons of Mohammed banned in Batley, Yorkshire

15 days ago

The most serious news of the decade, more serious than Brexit, has occurred in the Yorkshire town of Batley.  A teacher at Batley Grammar School has been officially suspended for showing the cartoons of Mohammed that led to the murders by Islamic extremists at "Charlie Hebdo".Notice that no newspapers dared show this’Head teacher Gary Kibble apologised "unequivocally", adding the member of staff had "given their most sincere apologies" and been suspended pending an investigation.’ (BBC)Kibble continued:  ‘As an additional precaution, we will undertake a formal review of the
RS curriculum to ensure no other resource or statement is inappropriate
and take appropriate action as needed.’ (Daily Mail) One might ask where and how this appearance of the cartoons happened.  To do so would be to

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The EU shows its true colours.

18 days ago

Only one major Western Country has started a vaccine war, undermined confidence in vaccinations and signed a trade and investment agreement with China.  That country is the European Union.The mainstream media liberally condemns any behaviour by the UK or USA that fails to make it onto the latest moral highground but has given the EU a free pass.It is interesting to look at vaccine supply to see how the EU operated.  The EU has been six months late in most of its dealings with vaccines.  The UK supported Oxford/Astra Zeneca from the start of 2020 and signed a deal to take vaccines in May 2020 but the EU signed a contract with Astra Zeneca in August. The UK concluded a deal with Pfizer in June 2020 but the EU waited until November.  The UK deals did not just involve ordering vaccines, they

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Remain and Rejoin supporters and a Far Right France

21 days ago

Marie Le Pen is catching Macron in the opinion polls for the French Presidency.  She might do better than Macron in the First Round of voting and looks like a very serious challenger in the second round, even if supporters of other candidates rally to Macron:Her support is 13 points higher than in 2017.This raises an interesting issue.  Most Remain voters see themselves as middling socialists.  Would they be happy to rejoin an EU which has one of its major components governed by a party that is the political equivalent of the BNP? I have heard the answer from Remain voters, they say "of course not but Le Pen ruling France is unlikely, the polls show she will lose".  Given that any of France, Germany, Austria etc. could swing to the far right at some time in the future this answer is not

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China: Britain and the West are living in the past.

24 days ago

Dominic Raab, Joe Biden and the EU are all proposing that we continue and even increase trade with China.  They all talk of constructive engagement giving the West influence over the Chinese.This approach might have appeared reasonable twenty years ago but today it is absurd.  China has the highest GDP in the world in PPP terms and dominates global trade.  China is the number one trading power in the world with 13.45% of global exports, followed by the US at 8.98% (See China Power).ShanghaiChina is a mercantilist power that trades at a surplus with almost all of its trading partners and is hence a risk to all of our economies.  Its mercantilism has allowed it to amass three trillion dollars of foreign exchange reserves.  These reserves make it immune from threats of sanctions or the

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The rise in reporting of sexual crime

25 days ago

We are currently witnessing another media frenzy.  The media have moved from reporting the Maoist Black Liberation Movement (briefly called Black Lives Matter) to wall to wall coverage of sexual offences against women.What are the real figures for sexual offences against women?  The latest statistical report is to be found in: Sexual offences in England and Wales: year ending March 2017.The trend for sexual assault is downwards:This data comes from the Crime Survey for England and Wales which involves reports from a large, random sample from the population.  The punch line of the survey is that "An estimated 3.1% of women (510,000) and 0.8% of men (138,000) aged 16 to 59 experienced sexual assault in the last year, according to the year ending March 2017 CSEW; no significant change from

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The BBC are still fighting the Referendum

29 days ago

We have heard little from the Broadcast media about the actual figures for trade with the EU over the past four years.  This month there was a slight downturn in the trade balance so the BBC was trumpeting this on its news broadcasts.The actual balance of trade with the EU over the past year has been very healthy compared with past years:Source ONSDid we hear the BBC or economics journalists reporting on the greatly improved situation?  No, they waited for a month in which the EU embargoed imports because of COVID to tell us that the trading position was "bad".  This is intolerable bias from the broadcasters, especially the BBC and Channel 4.In the early 21st century economists were all ardent supporters of open global markets.  They told us that Trade Deficits did not matter in 2016.

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The Murder of Women

March 11, 2021

How risky is our society for the modern woman?  The Ministry of Justice produces an annual report: Statistics on Women and the Criminal Justice System 2019 that details the types and frequency of crimes against women.Every year the average Briton has slightly less than a one in 65000 chance of being murdered.  This is about half the risk of dying in a road accident but it should be remembered that the UK now has a very low rate of road accident deaths.In 2018/19, 671 individuals were victims of homicide in England and Wales; 64% of which were males and 36%, females.Almost a third of male homicides occurred in the street whereas only one in 16 female homicides happened on the street.  Only about 14 women were murdered on the street over the whole year.  The safety of women does not depend

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Meghan and Harry and the Cold War

March 10, 2021

During the Cold War the UK came under enormous subversion from the communist bloc.  The Labour Party was fully infiltrated and universities subverted.  What few people understand is that from the 1950s onwards the communists and fellow travellers were instructed to undermine the country.  Harry Pollitt, leader of the Communist Party of Great Britain, told potential members: ‘Don’t join us. Work hard, get good degrees, join the Establishment and serve our cause from within.’.  Having joined the Establishment they would recruit more of their own.  Few people realise that New Labour was a far left group with the discipline to pose as centrist to get votes (See The Roots of New Labour ).  In the Cold war the objective was to provoke unrest and damage national morale to such an extent that the

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Meghan and Harry – the Relatives from Hell?

March 9, 2021

Yesterday the mass media finally proved that it was insane.  Meghan, a woman who, by European standards is white skinned, was held to be black and hence the victim of racism.  Harry, a full grown man, happily derided his own family on prime-time TV.  The interview is strong evidence that the Mainstream Media has huge problems.  The story runs that a young, American, black girl was swept off her feet by the handsome Prince but when they returned to the palace the welcoming smiles turned to ice cold British indifference.  She was desperate to forge relationships but was turned down by all her in-laws, because she was black.  She was sensitive and felt they were driving her insane and as a saint suffers for our sins, so she suffered so that all those poor souls suffering from COVID blues

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Hell hath no fury like Nicola Sturgeon

March 3, 2021

There are unscrupulous people who suggest that Sturgeon slept her way to the top.   Back 20 years:More recently:And that the Sturgeon-Salmond battle is about a broken relationship.But everyone knows that Sturgeon and the CEO of the SNP, Peter Murrell, are a love match made in heaven.So suggestions that she might be using her relationships to acquire and cement power are absurd.  The Sturgeon-Salmond fracas appears to have all the bitterness of a bad divorce but appearances can be misleading even though they are sometimes correct..Whatever the outcome of the current battle in Scotland the Scottish Parliament will remain with powers that are only a whisker short of full independence.  So expect Scottish Independence one day whatever happens.  Think of this as one of the Labour Party and Tony

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Dead Horse Exposes Dying Society?

March 2, 2021

As a teenager I used to work on local farms, mucking out stalls with a pitch fork and wheelbarrow.  It was a long cycle ride but good work.  I remember dead milking cows being winched onto the back of the local hunt’s lorry so they could be fed to the dogs. I even used to wrestle young bullocks to the ground for veterinary inspections.According to the modern media morality most of this is shockingly immoral.  We are so much better people now that we would never fight bullocks or be so disrespectful to a venerable old, and beloved cow that it would be winched, spinning onto a lorry.  We would never sit on the back of a dead animal like the hapless Mr Elliot.Daily MailWe are so much more advanced than our predecessors that we put our cattle and pigs into massive barns so that they never see

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Will the Soviet Union achieve posthumous victory in the Cold War?

February 25, 2021

In the West we like to believe that we won the Cold War.  This is a mistake.  The Cold War is an ideological battle between democracy and Marxism.  The West no more won the Cold War after 1989 than it defeated Isis after the fall of the Caliphate, the Marxists and Jihadis are still alive and well.The Cold War brought with it a peculiar complication because the Soviet Union spent billions on subverting Western society, especially the USA and UK.  The key points of attack were the Labour Party, Trade Unions and Universities.  The Soviets had a long term plan of subversion in which they set up organisations within unions and student bodies that would slowly obtain power and distribute posts to their friends.  Anyone who had an interest in Student or Union politics in the Cold War will know

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Wealth vs the People: Why the Balance of Payments is Critical

February 17, 2021

Money has two main functions: it is the medium of exchange and a store of wealth.  In the days before WWI it was accepted as a law of economics that a currency would be backed by gold, that there was a real asset underlying every pound or dollar.  Since WWII the world has settled into a system where the relative value of currencies is set, over the longer term, by the balance of payments.  Those countries that have strong finances and saleable goods and services have a high demand for their currencies which increase their relative value. A modern currency is a token with a value that represents the balance between production and consumption in a country.  It seems as if currencies are now a medium of exchange but not a store of wealth.  This conversion of currencies to support exchange

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No Platforming: The BBC is also Guilty

February 16, 2021

The Culture Secretary, Oliver Dowden, is considering appointing a "Free Speech Champion" and introducing fines for universities that "no-platform" speakers.  This is excellent news.  We can tell it is a move in the right direction because the Guardian ran a comment piece criticising it.No-platforming at universities by students is just the most public example of suppressing free speech.  No platforming happens wherever people intend indoctrination rather than education.  The most egregious example of no-platforming in universities is in the Humanities where publishing and appointing staff who have centrist or right of centre views has been terminated. (See UK Universities Bar Conservative Voters from an Academic Career for data).The most dangerous example of no-platforming is the BBC and

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A laboratory escape is the most likely source of COVID

February 10, 2021

Many virologists are involved in research to make viral infections more dangerous.  The argument for doing this "gain of function" research is that it allows virologists to be prepared for the next pandemic.Gain of Function research relies on the biosafety of laboratories.  It would be very dangerous to produce a virulent, pandemic virus and then accidentally allow it to escape.A study of high safety US virological laboratories by Lipsitch and Galvani (2014).  produced a figure of there being a 20% risk of a laboratory worker getting infected every 10 years by a lab escape and 5-60% of such escapes causing a pandemic. In other words, as a result of laboratory experiments in the USA alone, the world is running a similar risk of a pandemic from laboratory escapes in any 10 year period as

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The Devolution Disaster

February 9, 2021

Labour’s Scotland Act of 1998 and the succeeding Scotland Acts of 2012 and 2016 provide the Scottish Parliament with a wide range of powers (See note below).There is no party in Scotland agitating to give these powers back to Westminster so we can only expect Scotland to demand further powers culminating in independence.Labour’s Belfast Agreement 1998 (known as the Good Friday Agreement) cedes Northern Ireland to the Republic when opinion polls and a subsequent referendum show a reasonable majority for Irish Union.  Demographic changes mean this will probably occur within a decade or so.  It has no clause saying that should the majority in NI wish to return to the UK another referendum will be held.  During the EU Referendum Labour and the Remain Campaign argued volubly about UK

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Is British Classism Anti-English Racism?

February 9, 2021

[unable to retrieve full-text content]We now live in a postmodern age in which politics has been re-described as the oppression of racial groups.  The "Left" in politics no longer supports the working class to attain revolution but polarises society by race. The upper class "Right" no longer praises its nation state but extols the virtues of all market places and customers.  The English have been the victims of racism since the Norman conquest.  After the conquest everything English was destroyed.  It was several hundred years after the conquest before the English language was used in government.  A small, French speaking, governing class preserved its separateness. Even today the upper classes go for a francophone "amble" whilst the English "walk".It is customary to regard the governing

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COVID-19 was possibly created using reverse genetics.

February 7, 2021

It is now one year and two months since COVID-19 first struck in Wuhan, China. In all of this time, despite a huge effort by virologists, no natural source of the virus has been found.  In May 2020 China announced that there was no evidence that the virus came from the the HuaNan fish market in Wuhan.The fact that since 1978 virologists have been able to create RNA viruses from DNA in the lab has been largely ignored by the world’s media (see Synthetic viruses: a new opportunity to understand and prevent viral disease).  This process involves converting the viral RNA into DNA and placing this in other organisms to act as chromosomes that create RNA viruses. (See reference list 1 below).  The DNA can be edited and changed to order.  There are many ways to do this "reverse genetics" so it is

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Children leave school as indoctrinated Labour voters

February 4, 2021

Were the education system a fair reflection of society we would expect as many children  voting Conservative as voting Labour when they leave school or university.In the past this predilection for Labour amongst children was shrugged off as childish "idealism" but now it is getting beyond a joke. It is obvious from voting trends with age that as people become used to the real world outside of education they learn lessons about socialism that convert them to conservatism so what is happening in our schools?Given that most 18-24 year olds know next to nothing about making their way in the world any large source of voting bias will come from indoctrination.  The most obvious source of indoctrination is the remarkable political bias amongst teachers:TESLabour understand that they are not

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Elon Musk is sure there will be Life on Mars.

February 2, 2021

Why go to Mars?  Mars has a third of Earth’s gravity and plentiful frozen water and carbon dioxide for fuel and oxygen so it is the ideal location for a space base.  Starships can take off directly from Mars but need a massive, re-usable booster to leave Earth.Impression of Starship plus boosterMars is also commercially attractive.  Metals extracted from Mars and the relatively nearby asteroid belt could be returned to earth automatically and fairly cheaply with the use of dedicated re-entry pods and parachutes.  They would literally be "dropped off".   However Elon Musk is not devoting his enormous fortune to a project to colonise Mars for purely commercial reasons. He is mainly motivated by the need for humanity to have a planet ‘B’ just in case we make Earth uninhabitable with nuclear

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The causes of global warming and global instability

February 2, 2021

There are four powerful political forces in the world today: multinational business, internationalist socialism, international evangelism and nationalism.  It is the first three of these that are having a devastating effect.The global ecological crisis is largely due to multinational business.  Without our massive trade beyond our borders we would be constrained by the resources of our respective countries.  As countries increase industrial activity they also increase their populations and, without excessive international trade, will reach a limit to growth.  It is the consumption of resources in excess of those that are locally available that is the cause of the global ecological crisis, whether that crisis is manifest as species extinction, overpopulation or global warming.The global

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