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Covid-19’s Death Rate: A Consequence of Austerity?

The political consequence of the 2008 banking crisis was a Conservative led coalition, whose principal economic policy was austerity. This meant a dramatic reduction in the size of the state, especially local government and Britain’s welfare system. Unexpectedly there was … Continue reading

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The Politics of Obesity in Britain, 2010-20

“purpose of government is not to do good,” but to “secure the rights of human beings to go about their lives peaceably, knowing that they will not be aggressed against by others.” “eat, drink and be merry” [for tomorrow we … Continue reading

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British Health and Covid-19

Coronavirus is a well understood disease.* There are international strategies in place for meeting the challenges which are presented. Covid-19 is a novel sub-species of a well known disease. Public ignorance, fuelled by governments, has given it lethal qualities which, … Continue reading

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Black Lives Matter, Covid-19 and Democracy in Sydney, Australia

“As tragic as it is that we are in a situation where freedom of speech isn’t as free as we would like it to be at the moment,” [Police Minister] Mr Elliott said.* When the Sydney Black Lives Matter planned … Continue reading

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There’s no stupidity vaccine

                                                125,500 UK dead every year  

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Is this an Absurdity?

An Authorised Grim Reaper   An Unauthorised Grim Reaper   Comment: Wrecking the economy to protect lives in the C-19 pandemic is entirely laudable but a vaccine will eliminate its lethal potential by 2022. Cigarettes meanwhile will continue killing about 77,000 … Continue reading

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Mount Everest as a business

  Source https://hustle.co/how-mount-everest-became-a-multimillion-dollar-business  

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Elderly Prisoners, Over-crowded Prisons and the Coronavirus Pandemic

‘Prisons designed for fit, young men must adjust to the largely unexpected and unplanned roles of care home and even hospice. Increasingly, prison staff are having to manage not just ageing prisoners and their age-related conditions, but also the end … Continue reading

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We’re rich because of our ancestors

“At least half of our wealth comes from the ideas and investments of those who are now dead.” https://www.bradford-delong.com/2019/05/yes-societal-well-being-depends-on-a-very-strong-distributional-bias-along-the-lines-of-to-each-according-to-their-need-w.html

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Book Review: David Graeber ~ Bullsh*t Jobs: A Theory (2018)

Freakonomics (2005) unleashed populism amongst university professors. They realised they could sex up their academic work by judicious selection of the bizarre and get a best seller, fame and fortune. Graeber’s an LSE professor of anthropology has joined in. A … Continue reading

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