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The Future of the United Kingdom

1 day ago

There is pressure for independence in Ireland and in Scotland and a radical redrawing of Parliamentary Constituency boundaries is in progress.   What will the UK look like in ten years time? The Parliamentary Constituences Bill 2020-21 is about to become law.  This allows the Boundary Commissions to produce a map of Constituency boundaries every eight years, the first set of changes will be ready for the 2024 election.  This boundary review is overdue and might have been implemented in 2016 had the EU Referendum not thrown UK politics into disarray.  The 650 new constituencies will have about 70,000 voters in each.   The previous boundaries gave Labour a considerable advantage in elections because they included many small, urban constituences; when this unfairness is corrected the new

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In Praise of Trade

2 days ago

My sister-in-law spent her working life selecting and selling dresses.  When I think about this my jaw drops.  How on earth do you select a dress that will outsell your competitors?  To make good money out of that for an entire working life is extraordinary.  Having succeeded at making a profit from dresses she then had to rent premises, pay staff, be an expert at interior decoration etc. etc.My first experience at business was after becoming disenchanted after years in scientific research.  I had had enough of stuffy academia and having been trained in building construction and, having rebuilt two of my own houses, became a builder.  The marketing was extremely difficult because I did not have the spare cash for advertising but I got some reasonable contracts, then some recommendations,

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EU-UK Trade negotiations.

4 days ago

The UK trades with the EU at an enormous deficit.  The UK also has a huge deficit in the payment of profits, rents and dividends to the EU.  The combination of the deficits in trade and financial transactions has led to a very large balance of payments current account deficit with the EU of £119 billion in 2019.  It will be shown below that this deficit is dangerous for the long term health of the UK economy and suggestions are made for any trade deal with the EU.Before proceeding further it should be made clear that the large trade deficit with the EU is not due to a failure of UK exporters.  It is due to the steady acquisition of UK companies by EU owners (25% of UK production value is EU owned) and the ease with which parts etc. can be imported from the EU by EU companies. Should we be

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COVID19 Update – Everything you need to know.

9 days ago

COVID19 has been with us since February 2020. This article explains the
current restrictions then explores how such a large outbreak occurred in
the UK, how the virus was released, and perhaps created in China, and
the hopes for a vaccine.
The current method being used to deal with the pandemic is a three tier
system imposed at a local level. The tiers are detailed on the Government’s
website. The system is as follows.
Local COVID alert level: medium: This covers the whole of
England. The social
distancing rules permit close groups of no more than six people in any
setting, indoors or outdoors. The groups of six and other people must
stay 2 metres apart. Pubs and restaurants must have a seated

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Google is now operating clear bias – Bias is the suppression of information.

12 days ago

The "Great Barrington Declaration" is a declaration by some scientists that argues for opening up the economy as a priority during the COVID19 pandemic.  I disagree with this viewpoint, believing that the response to COVID19 should be more nuanced.  However, whatever my personal views I was shocked to discover that Foogle is shadow banning the Great Barrington Declaration, they are decreasing its visibility on searches and increasing the visibility of articles that oppose it.Screen captures of searches on Bing, Google, Duck Duck Go and Yahoo are shown below (click on the image for higher definition):Notice that the Google search fails to even show sites such as Wikipedia that describe the Great Barrington Declaration but gives prominence to those that criticise it.Google has become a

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Earthshot – who should get the prizes?

16 days ago

David Attenborough and Prince William have just announced the Earthshot Prizes of £1 million each, five times a year.  Who should get them?The prizes are for solutions to the current global ecological crisis.  The ecological crisis is the disappearance of uninhabited and natural land, the huge decrease in wildlife numbers, the pollution of the environment and climate change. It is neatly summarised in this graphic:Data source: Smil 2011 What has caused this effect of humanity?  It is population growth:Population MattersHumans have reduced the global
biomass of all wild land mammals to 15% of its pre-human level.   Sea
mammals have been reduced to 20% of the pre-human level.  Humans have
removed 50% of global fishery stocks.
Source: Smil (2011)

This loss of wild life is far worse than

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Was the British Empire worth it?

17 days ago

Recently the children and grandchildren of ex-colonials who work for the BBC etc. have been getting a major attack of conscience about the British Empire.  Most of us just regard the old Empire as something that ended in or before the days of our grandparents but if you have family that returned from the colonies or were expelled from the colonies you might feel guilty.How much did the British Empire benefit the British?  We should be sceptical about the economic impact of Empire because the rapid growth in British incomes relative to our European neighbours began before the huge expansion of Empire in the nineteenth century.  The British domestic economy was making the British rich so how did Empire help?Traditionally it is assumed that imperial trade provided a huge boost to the UK

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Slavery and British Wealth in the 18th and 19th Centuries

17 days ago

The Industrial Revolution occurred in the UK in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. How far was this due to slavery or other intrinsic factors?There is clear evidence that the Industrial Revolution has its roots in the early to mid eighteenth century. The world’s first, large iron bridge was built at Ironbridge in 1779 so the mining, casting and forging technology to support such a large commercial project must have been available before this.Ironbridge 1779 We know that UK coal production was growing exponentially from the beginning of the eighteenth century:Source: Wrigley (2010) And that pig iron production doubled in the first half of the eighteenth century and grew strongly after 1775:  UK Copper production was also climbing steadily at this time: British manufacturing also had a

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Values for a Future

20 days ago

A Nation is a area of land where the people pray, send their children to school, meet in their towns and houses, work, share resources and create and enjoy local services and benefits.  A Nation needs a vision for its future. Without a vision the unity needed to construct the nation will be defeated by the easy alternative of disenchantment and destruction.England has been a fortunate Nation compared with many.  Its nature, people and agriculture have constructed a landscape of immense beauty.  It has an unbroken history of independence since 1066.  Independence has allowed it to develop a Parliamentary System of government and a Common Law that has brought those who govern closer to the people than in most other countries.British values are important.  The Common Law with its jury trials

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The Fall of Empires

22 days ago

Empires rise because a group of people become more prosperous than their neighbours.  This enhanced prosperity is usually the result of the superior management of the economy, society and resources compared with the neighbours.  Relative prosperity gives the group the ability to project power. By modern standards of nomenclature almost all empires began as racist projects.  They began as the idea of particular groups of people. The attachment of the label "racist" nowadays just means moral condemnation of separate groups that keep power to themselves and so describes the kernel of any new, localised social or economic idea as well as the first phase of empire.  As can be seen from the graph below, we are at a turning point in the history of the current global empires.  The previous change

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Corruption in the UK

23 days ago

[unable to retrieve full-text content]Corruption in public office is the worst crime that can occur in a country.  It causes failure of provision, poor healthcare, collapse of justice and broken markets.  Corruption is the principle source of poverty in the world. Anyone who has travelled around the world knows that the truly big difference between well governed and poorly governed countries is corruption.  This obvious difference is apparent in the figures:Poor countries suffer disproportionately and I have witnessed scenes in poor hospitals such as nurses raising the price of oxygen as a patient’s need increases.  Corruption is truly the most evil of crimes.Corruption is also rife in the UK but is usually covered up by complex schemes.  The wealth of Senior officials, Peers and MPs and

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Previous Prime Ministers? Are they pure?

24 days ago

Tony Blair has been widely accused of corruption and shady practices.  These are so extensive that he has been given an article all of his own – See Tony Blair.  He bailed out the US Investment Banks by selling UK gold and then got a £2m a year job at JP Morgan Chase. He backed the Iraq war then received millions from middle eastern consultancies.  There is no legal reason to believe these are not innocent and are not just random connections.But what of the other "elder statesmen", do they provide sage advice on the running of the country or are they the representatives of Multinational Businesses and Banks?John Major "This is money" gave this summary in 2002:£500,000 pa from US Investment firm Carlyle Group plus lucrative investment rights£105,000 pa from from Mayflower

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Tony Blair

24 days ago

Tony Blair is always wheeled out by the BBC to provide an Internationalist view on current affairs.  Who is Tony Blair?  Should more about the background of this icon of the Corporate Elite be mentioned next time he lectures the UK on the TV or radio?Tony Blair was a Trotskyist at university.  Trotskyists are far left Internationalists who believe in global communist government.  After university he worked for Jack Jones, the Soviet Agent and TUC leader.  In the late 1990s and early noughties Blair and Brown sold the UK’s gold reserves at a huge loss to save US Investment banks such as JP Morgan Chase .  Having led the UK into the Iraq war on false pretences Blair left office and became an International Peace Envoy for the "Quartet", working in the Middle East and also became £2m a year

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Bias in the BBC and other Broadcasters.

26 days ago

Media bias is often defined as the publication of positive information that favours a particular viewpoint and negative information that criticises the viewpoint of opponents.  A clearer view of bias is that it is the suppression of negative news about a favoured viewpoint and suppression of positive news about the contrary viewpoint.  The suppression of news is the heart of bias.In the UK it is Ofcom that polices bias in Channel 4 and the BBC.  Ofcom always diverts the investigation of bias into whether or not a particular article was fair.  In doing this they are scarcely performing a fraction of their job because they are missing out any investigation of the suppression of news.In the past the political parties have had sufficient influence to push back against extreme bias but in the

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Postcovid Syndrome may be common and serious.

29 days ago

At the beginning of this outbreak there was concern in some quarters that a few COVID19 victims might suffer long term consequences.  This happens with some other viruses and even in a few cases with flu.  Initial studies are showing very disturbing results for a prolonged illness after recovery from COVID19 infection.Broad, but unscientific, surveys of large numbers of people seem to show persistent symptoms in 5-10% of those who have recovered from COVID19. Fatigue and breathlessness being the most common problems.  The Kings College tracking app showed that 10% people had symptoms at 25 days and 5% were still ill one month later.A patient led group has been set up to report on symptoms (An Analysis of the Prolonged COVID-19 Symptoms Survey by Patient-Led Research Team ) and their

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Tibetans moved to Concentration Camps, Uyghur Camps expanded.

September 24, 2020

China has reacted to the failure of the West to condemn Concentration Camps for Uyghurs and ignoring the origin of COVID19 by expanding these camps and sending 500,000 Tibetans into forced labour.Western governments seem to have forgotten that you cannot appease National Socialists such as China.Perhaps as bad as the Concentration Camps are the forced labour transfer schemes where Uyghurs and Tibetans are scattered across China in small groups to work as forced labour for Amazon, Nike etc.  Over 80,000 Uyghurs have been forced out of Xinjiang in this way.  The factories that use them pay a charge per head, the labourers are then housed in separate blocks with Chinese "minders" to ensure that they do not engage in religious worship or other "subversive" activity.China is also demolishing

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Google, Twitter, Facebook are all biased. This is serious.

September 23, 2020

When the tech giants rose to power I had an uneasy feeling that this was the start of something dangerous.  What is to stop companies like Google, Twitter and Facebook from simply, automatically, suppressing political opinions that they detest?  What is to stop them from taking money to do this?China already uses its equivalent of Google – Baidu – to stop any freedom of speech.  Search for Tienanmen Square on Baidu and you will find that the reports of deaths and demos are a myth.  Sadly the same thing is happening here.The US website Breitbart , which by UK standards is fairly right wing, is an interesting case.  It was savagely cut from visibility in July 2017 and has recovered to an apparently artificially imposed ceiling in March this year after complaints. Data from SISTRIXBreitbart

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Why do so many British people hate Britain?

September 21, 2020

We all know Guardian reading men who will launch into a diatribe against the UK at the touch of a pro-UK button.  We have all heard it:  "How can you say this country is worth preserving when it is run by corrupt big business and people who don’t give a damn?", "The British have done nothing but colonise and destroy" and so on.This hatred of their own country originated in the wartime generation.  After the war there were many ex-servicemen who really hated what had happened to them.  They knew that the war had to be done but hated Churchill, the "nation" and the people who were associated with their misery.  I can remember a friend’s father, who had lost a finger from frostbite in Austria, raising his mutilated hand and telling us that the posh f**kers are "b*stards.  He had voted for

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Fact Checkers rely on one source for origins of COVID19

September 18, 2020

The recent paper by  Li-Meng Yan et al  that argues that COVID19 originated in a laboratory has been universally condemned by "fact checkers".  Li Meng Yan risked her life to bring this truth to our news media.  Facebook and other social media sites are removing coverage as "fake news".Where do the "fact checkers" get their "facts"?  It turns out that they are all using a single scientific paper  "The proximal origin of SARS-CoV-2, by Kristian Anderson et al" published in Nature and reports that reference this paper.This Nature paper is strange because in its summary it says "Our analyses clearly show that SARS-CoV-2 is not a laboratory construct or a purposefully manipulated virus." but in the paper itself it says something very different.The argument that the virus could not be made in a

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More Evidence that COVID19 was Man Made.

September 15, 2020

A new paper by Li-Meng Yan et al has just been released that demonstrates how the SARS-CoV-2 virus that causes COVID19 could be synthesised in the laboratory.  The incredibly brave Li-Meng had to flee Hong Kong to bring this report to the notice of the world.  Let us hope that journalists in the UK are a tenth as brave and finally cover what almost certainly happened in Wuhan.The report proposes that a base virus (called ZC45/ZXC21) was converted in the lab to SARS-CoV-2.  It points to three pieces of evidence covering the base virus that was used in the synthesis, the binding apparatus that the new virus uses to enter cells and a special modification to increase infectivity.  The early studies of SARS-CoV-2 show that the base virus has identical E protein and near identical Orf8 protein

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The Origins of Racism in the UK and the Cure

September 15, 2020

The origins of racism are straightforward.  Either the bulk of the population dislikes a certain racial characteristic because it is strange, distasteful for some reason or has cultural connotations or those with a racial characteristic become separated from the bulk of society for other reasons such as recent migration.  Races become concentrated in localities called ghettos.  The word "Ghetto" is now accreting a racist connotation and I will discuss this below.Once separated the racial group may become more or less prosperous than the society at large.  If the group becomes less prosperous it can enter a downward spiral of poverty and racial discrimination because the adults transmit messages and attitudes of despair and alienation to their children.  Poor racial ghettos are prone to

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Arctic Ice and Wildfires

September 14, 2020

The Arctic Sea ice will have its second lowest extent on record this year:Blue line = 2020 It is hard to guess when the Arctic will be ice free.  The trend seems to have stalled since 2012.If we assume that 2007 to 2012 was unusual then the downward trend points at 2030-40 before the Arctic is ice free in the summer.  The wildfire season has been severe this summer in some parts of the USA.  The data seems to show that the area burned is generally increasing.  For instance in Canada:In the USA wildfires have been increasing recently but from a low base after the US progressively introduced control measures almost a century ago:What has really changed is that there are far more people in fire-prone areas so the human cost has increased greatly.The world is getting hotter, especially in the

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China stocking up for economic or real warfare?

September 11, 2020

China is currently stockpiling commodities on a massive scale.  It has also announced a huge program of commodity purchases in 2021.This stockpiling has three possible justifications.  The first is that it will make China resilient against any short term economic pressure from the West.  The second is that it prepares China for war in the next decade.  Were China to be the object of international sanctions it would only have a year or two before its stockpile was exhausted so if a real war is the objective it would happen shortly after any international sanctions are imposed.  The third is to protect its economy from fluctuations in commodity prices so that it can buy commodities when prices are low and use stores when they are high. China has been doing this for years so it is an unlikely

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Britain has already ceded Northern Ireland. Politicians must accept this.

September 11, 2020

The Good Friday Agreement was designed to manage a slow transition of Northern Ireland into Union with the Republic of Ireland. The Belfast (Good Friday) Agreement states that:"2. Subject to paragraph 3, the Secretary of State shall exercise the power under paragraph 1 [to hold a Referendum on Union] if at any time it appears likely to him that a majority of those voting would express a wish that Northern Ireland should cease to be part of the United Kingdom and form part of a united Ireland."  The Irish understand all of this as meaning that if demographics or events should at any time persuade the majority of people in Northern Ireland to unite with the Republic of Ireland then a Referendum must be held to confirm the will of the people of Northern Ireland.  The demographics mean that a

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Are social changes damaging children’s mental health?

September 10, 2020

NHS figures show that almost a quarter of 17 to 19 year old girls in the UK suffer from emotional disorders such as anxiety and depression. NHS Mental Health of Children 2017These disorders are thought to be more the result of environmental influences rather than genetics.The frequency of emotional mental illness in the young is rising.  The graph below does not include the 17-19 age group and does not separate males and females.If the 5-15 year old girls are separated using the raw data there is a 62% increase over the past 18 years:The effect would probably be greater if data were available for 17-19 year olds.The major cause of this illness is well known and it is getting worse:Increases in Depression, Self‐Harm, and Suicide Among U.S. Adolescents After 2012 and Links to Technology Use:

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Northern Ireland and the Withdrawal Agreement

September 9, 2020

Brandon Lewis, who voted Remain in the EU Referendum, exposed the Government to international and media censure when he announced that the proposed changes to cross border trade will "break international law".  This is not just disloyal to the UK and the Government, it is also technically incorrect.  The changes that the Government are considering are outlined in the Internal Market Bill.  This Bill relies on the European Union (Withdrawal Agreement) Act 2020, section 38 which declares that the UK Parliament is sovereign and in particular not bound by several Articles of the Withdrawal Agreement.  The EU will have been aware of this Act and should have complained of "Treaty Violations" at the time of the Act.  The departures from the Withdrawal Agreement in the new Internal Market Bill are

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Chinese fire shots on Indian border

September 9, 2020

On Monday the Chinese army opened fire at the China-India border for the first time since 1975.  The firing seems to have been warning shots made as the Indians and Chinese jockeyed for the high ground and passes in Ladakh.  The firing follows an attempt by 1000 Chinese troops to occupy the south bank of the Pangon Tso river on the 28th of August.The Pentagon’s latest report, "Military and Security Developments Involving the Peoples Republic of China 2020 ", predicts that China will double it’s nuclear weapons capability over the next decade. The report points out that "As Party leaders view a divided China as a weak China, they argue that “full reunification”—unification with Taiwan on Beijing’s terms and completing Hong Kong and Macau’s integration by the end  of  2049—is  a

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The Fisheries and other “Stumbling Blocks” in EU Negotiations.

September 7, 2020

The EU, in their European Council Guidelines of 23 March 2018(i) for negotiating an FTA between the EU and UK state that."In the overall context of the FTA, existing reciprocal access to fishing waters and resources should be maintained;”The EU are laying claim to UK territory and resources.The EU are determined "to protect [EU] fishing enterprises and coastal communities" by demanding access to British waters.The EU are also insisting that the EU should be involved in the regulation of fishing stocks in UK waters.The message does not seem to have percolated through to EU member states: the UK has left the EU and is sovereign over its own territory and this includes the 200 nautical mile exclusive economic zone.The stumbling blocks in the negotiations, according to Barnier,

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Politically Correct: being a Corrector and stopping Tony Abbott

September 5, 2020

Being Politically Correct has been called a new religion.  This is true in the sense that it is believed with the same religious fervour as communism or national socialism is believed.  The new generation of Political Correctors use their beliefs to limit
conversation and thought in the same way as Puritans and this is also
typical of religious practice.The Political Correctors in the classroom and home have focussed on bringing up their children according to their beliefs.  Political correctness has arisen in the same way as national socialism (nazism) gained power, being spread by teachers, academics and the middle classes in general with the aim of indoctrinating children.  The indoctrination of children is also typical of religions. Like national socialists and communists the

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