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Is Terrorism Becoming Official Islamic Policy?

 Anyone who has used Twitter in the past few days will have noticed the #Boycott_French_Products hashtag.  Many senior Islamic figures are backing the campaign to boycott French products. At the back of this campaign is the projection of Charlie Hebdo cartoons on French public buildings:President Erdogan of Turkey was incandescent with rage at the French.  “What is the problem of this person called Macron with Muslims and Islam?” Erdogan said during a speech to members of his political party...

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Biden to win the US Election. What then?

It is looking very likely that Biden will be the US President after 3rd November.  What does this mean for the UK?Biden and the democrats have a lot of Irish American supporters so any negotiations with the EU that have an impact on Ireland will attract interventions from Biden.  Trade is not mentioned in the Good Friday/Belfast Agreement so the rhetoric is all in terms of "undermining" the Belfast Agreement which means that the US will support the Irish and EU on trade.  The UK can use this...

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The Future of the United Kingdom

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...

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In Praise of Trade

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. ...

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EU-UK Trade negotiations.

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...

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COVID19 Update – Everything you need to know.

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...

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

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...

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Earthshot – who should get the prizes?

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...

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Was the British Empire worth it?

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...

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

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...

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