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  • Too many deaths and injuries on local roads
    Motorways are by far our safest roads for a variety of reasons. Separating vehicles going in different directions, and providing high capacity segregated routes onto and off them greatly reduces the capacity for smashes between vehicles travelling in different directions or from drivers misreading each other’s conduct at a junction. In addition no cyclist or… Read more »
  • Fan power rules
    It is good news the sensible views of fans have prevailed in the row about the so called super Euro league. It is also good government need not now look for a power or excuse to intervene. I assumed the league would die a natural death. No club from any European country outside Italy, Spain… Read more »
  • Safer roads
    A number of people have written to me urging greater road safety. I agree, and have lobbied Ministers with proposals that could help reduce the deaths and serious injuries on our roads. At my recent meeting with the Roads Minister I was impressed by the work she and her department are doing to drive fatalities… Read more »
  • My contribution to the Finance (No. 2) Bill debate, 19 April 2021
    Of course, I am not going to vote against this Budget and I wish the Government well with it, but I would like them to pause a little, think through where we are and recognise that they may need to revisit some of these decisions in the months ahead. My worry is that they are… Read more »
  • My Question during the Statement on Covid-19, 19 April 2021
    Sir John Redwood (Wokingham) (Con): I congratulate my right hon. Friend on the big reductions, based on the vaccinations, in case and death numbers. Will he briefly update us on better air extraction, cleaning and other measures to control infection in hospitals to reassure the many patients who now need non-covid treatment? The Secretary of… Read more »
  • Euro elite entitlement is not a good look for great football clubs
    So the football clubs currently in 5th, 6th, 7th and 9th place in the Premier League think they should be in a super Euro league with founders rights to stay there when they cannot currently even get into the slots to qualify for European competition next year. They think they are entitled to compete with… Read more »
  • The USA and China avoid all specifics on decarbonisation
    The world’s two largest producers of CO2 met to discuss what to do about many governments backing net zero. Both governments now believe that man made carbon dioxide is the world’s most pressing problem. Both now commit their countries to reach net zero, the USA by the fashionable 2050 and China by the more laid… Read more »
  • Upward revision to numbers of migrants
    The Migration Observatory reports this week that the official figures for migrants coming to the UK need to be amended, as it seems many more migrants came from the EU over the last decade and fewer from the rest of the world. The suggested changes to the figures show a 76% increase in EU numbers… Read more »
  • The Duke of Edinburgh
    Tribute to the Duke of Edinburgh from John Redwood Many people’s lives were touched by the Duke and the work of the organisations he created and supported. Some enjoyed and benefitted from the Duke of Edinburgh Award scheme. Many met him when he came as a visitor, as he travelled to show interest and curiosity… Read more »
  • The cost of wind farms
    The Global Warming Foundation put out a piece of work yesterday claiming that 6 offshore wind farms share £1.6bn between them in annual subsidies. It went on to argue that the renewables obligation now costs consumers £6bn a year and the capacity market £1bn a year. They object to income transfers to the wealthy they… Read more »
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  • Who Is On Question Time Tonight?Who Is On Question Time Tonight?
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  • Guido Fights Back Against Extinction Rebellion’s Pollution-Producing ProtestGuido Fights Back Against Extinction Rebellion’s Pollution-Producing Protest
    This morning the police arrested nine Extinction Rebellion activists after they smashed at least 19 windows at HSBC’s Canary Wharf office. In replacing the destroyed glass, HSBC will now see masses of carbon and sulphur dioxide emitted into the air, totally undermining Extinction Rebellion’s aims. To counteract the pollution in glass production and reduce emissions, […] Read more »
  • Shouldn’t ‘Chatty Rat’ Leak Investigation Be Concluded Before Another Leak Investigation Commences?Shouldn’t ‘Chatty Rat’ Leak Investigation Be Concluded Before Another Leak Investigation Commences?
    Downing Street has announced there will be a Cabinet Office internal inquiry into the Dyson texts leak to the BBC. They made clear the inquiry won’t cover the other leaks we’ve had recently. None of the so-called “chatty rat” leaks will be re-examined. The probe will only look at texts “as related to this issue of […] Read more »
  • Sturgeon Changes Tune on Skipping Election DebatesSturgeon Changes Tune on Skipping Election Debates
    Nicola Sturgeon has announced she is to snub the upcoming Holyrood election Question Time special, instead sending the party’s deputy leader Keith Brown in her place. The SNP argues Sturgeon has been “scrutinised by the media nearly every day over the last year”. Whether she ever provided any answers is another question… It makes cynical […] Read more »
  • WATCH: London Mayoral Candidate Brian Rose Drinks His Own Urine, TwiceWATCH: London Mayoral Candidate Brian Rose Drinks His Own Urine, Twice
    Footage has emerged of London Mayoral candidate Brian Rose drinking his own urine on two separate occasions. In clips first shared in 2018, Rose can be seen guzzling on his own fluids before describing the taste as “a little salty” and “kind of not bad at all”. Rose has since deleted the clip from his Instagram […] Read more »
  • Farage Endorses Fox for London MayorFarage Endorses Fox for London Mayor
    Farage has just announced he will be supporting Laurence Fox for mayor of London, following the formal announcement of the Reform/Reclaim pact. Despite Fox spelling the pact out to Guido three weeks ago… Announcing his support, Farage says: “It feels highly appropriate that on the eve of St George’s Day, a new patriotic alliance between Reform […] Read more »
  • Green Party Council Destroys Wildlife Reserve for “Possible” Cycle LaneGreen Party Council Destroys Wildlife Reserve for “Possible” Cycle Lane
    Despite calling HS2 “an act of ecocide” on the grounds that building it would “bulldoze huge areas of natural woodland and cut wildlife habitats”, the Green-led Brighton and Hove City Council have nonetheless bulldozed a huge area of natural woodland and cut a wildlife habitat this week, by partially removing Europe’s longest and oldest green […] Read more »
  • WATCH: Treasury Permanent Secretary Reveals Cameron Lobbied Him over GreensillWATCH: Treasury Permanent Secretary Reveals Cameron Lobbied Him over Greensill
    Sir Tom Scholar is up in front of the Public Accounts Committee, and in his first answer confessed David Cameron personally lobbied him last April on behalf of Greensill. Asked if he gave Cameron more of a hearing as he’s a former PM Scholar said: “If a former minister that I’ve worked with asked to talk […] Read more »
  • EXCLUSIVE: Liam Byrne Reported to IPSA for “Gross Misuse of Parliamentary Expenses”EXCLUSIVE: Liam Byrne Reported to IPSA for “Gross Misuse of Parliamentary Expenses”
    Leicester MP Andrew Bridgen* has written to IPSA calling for an inquiry “into the alleged gross misuse of Parliamentary expenses”, following revelations by Guido and Skwawkbox. The letter, seen by Guido, accuses the West Midlands Mayoral candidate of diverting expenses intended for Parliamentary duties into his campaign, in breach of IPSA regulations. Bridgen contends “these are serious breaches” […] Read more »
  • [WATCH] Kwarteng Defends Boris in ‘WhatsApp Government’ Row: “We Have to Be Accessible”[WATCH] Kwarteng Defends Boris in ‘WhatsApp Government’ Row: “We Have to Be Accessible”
    As the narrative builds that Boris is running a “WhatsApp government” in light of yesterday’s Dyson texting story, Business Secretary Kwasi Kwarteng took to the airwaves this morning to defend the Prime Minister and push back on Labour’s cronyism accusations. Speaking to Nick Ferrari on LBC, Kwarteng said: “I think one of things in a […] Read more »
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  • England’s steady form could serve them well for Euro 2020England’s steady form could serve them well for Euro 2020
    After an uneventful 2-0 win over Albania in England’s second World Cup qualifying match, there were complaints in many quarters that Gareth Southgate’s team were not playing the kind of football that excites supporters. It was a pragmatic display, with goals in either half from Harry Kane and Mason Mount enough to secure a comfortable, if […] The post England’s steady form could serve them well for Euro 2020 appeared first on The Backbencher. Read more »
  • The sweet, sweet irony of the EU-AstraZeneca vaccine rowThe sweet, sweet irony of the EU-AstraZeneca vaccine row
    This week, the EU apparently signalled a major departure from its previously held dogma on free markets, trade and “vaccine nationalism”. In July 2020, the Government made headlines by announcing that it had been offered (and opted out of) membership of the European Union’s vaccine development and rollout scheme, a significant health and public-relations risk, […] The post The sweet, sweet irony of the EU-AstraZeneca vaccine row appeared first on The Backbencher. Read more »
  • Four Successful Regulations That Show Real Bite from the UK Gambling CommissionFour Successful Regulations That Show Real Bite from the UK Gambling Commission
    The UK Gambling Commission (UKGC) is one of those regulatory bodies that often gets it in the neck from all sides. “Toothless” was the charge laid at its feet this summer by a parliamentary watchdog, the public accounts committee (PAC), for the UKGC’s seeming inability to regulate betting companies. The Guardian seems to publish an […] The post Four Successful Regulations That Show Real Bite from the UK Gambling Commission appeared first on The Backbencher. Read more »
  • An Ode to America Lost.An Ode to America Lost.
    In the early afternoon of the 7th January 2021, a salmagundi of thugs, conspiracy theorists and neo-nazis, stormed the Capitol building in Washington D.C. Yesterday, for the first time in its history, a Confederate flag was flown through the Capitol in an act of violence, and it was flown alongside the imagery of the US […] The post An Ode to America Lost. appeared first on The Backbencher. Read more »
  • Be Kind… Or Else!Be Kind… Or Else!
    It’s December 2019 and Caroline Flack tweeted: “If you can be anything, be kind.” By February 2020, she was dead.  Our planet has somehow managed to swirl around its sun again (still time for an extinction-level event though. Who had gamma-ray burst for January?) since then and I’m exhausted at being told to be kind […] The post Be Kind… Or Else! appeared first on The Backbencher. Read more »
  • Trump has lost the battle but is winning the warTrump has lost the battle but is winning the war
    As I write this, the outcome of the 2020 US presidential election is not yet fully known. What is clear, however, is that the prospect of a Joe Biden presidency is now almost a certainty. With a few states still left to declare, it would take a political shock of divine proportions to see Donald […] The post Trump has lost the battle but is winning the war appeared first on The Backbencher. Read more »
  • Burnham stands at crossroads between party, city and country.Burnham stands at crossroads between party, city and country.
    As we reflect on what seems to have been an interminable week in politics, the biggest standout seems to have been Greater Manchester Mayor Andy Burnham’s defiance against central government, who are seeking to add the ten boroughs of Greater Manchester to the ever growing list of areas in the “last chance saloon” of Tier […] The post Burnham stands at crossroads between party, city and country. appeared first on The Backbencher. Read more »
  • A Response to Gerald WarnerA Response to Gerald Warner
    Earlier this month Gerald Warner explained on the Reaction website why Joe Biden’s candidacy for the US presidency was, in his view, a bad thing. In a sense it’s refreshing to hear from a British pundit who is so very open about his support for Donald Trump, as polls have consistently indicated that the current […] The post A Response to Gerald Warner appeared first on The Backbencher. Read more »
  • How Streaming Is Changing The Gaming IndustryHow Streaming Is Changing The Gaming Industry
    The popularity of online streaming is on the rise, and it’s had a direct impact on the gaming industry. This article by guest author and expert on the topic, Samuel Richardson, explores precisely what streaming entails. He also looks into what advantages it brings to your digital experience as a player and as a fan.  […] The post How Streaming Is Changing The Gaming Industry appeared first on The Backbencher. Read more »
  • How Much Attention Should Political Bettors Pay to Social Media?How Much Attention Should Political Bettors Pay to Social Media?
    Social media has influenced our lives in ways we can’t even fathom, but never does it seem as prevalent as when there’s an important political event. The suggestion that politics should be avoided as a conversation topic doesn’t gel with platforms such as Twitter and, during high-stakes elections, much of it is filled with people […] The post How Much Attention Should Political Bettors Pay to Social Media? appeared first on The Backbencher. Read more »
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  • The latest from Turning Point UKThe latest from Turning Point UK
    We launched our separate news and opinion website, The Point News, in May 2020. From now on, you can catch up with the latest news and commentary on this site. The great content on the former TPUK blog will be preserved for posterity here! The post The latest from Turning Point UK appeared first on Turning Point UK. Read more »
  • Why we should be dreading the Autumn BudgetWhy we should be dreading the Autumn Budget
    Jonathan Eida | Opinion As Parliament returns to its chambers, eyes will begin to turn to the Chancellor of the Exchequer and, more specifically, the Autumn Budget. There suggestions that Rishi Sunak will delay the Budget until the spring due to the coronavirus pandemic, however there is still likely to be some form of Budget […] The post Why we should be dreading the Autumn Budget appeared first on Turning Point UK. Read more »
  • This “Conservative” Government has failed usThis “Conservative” Government has failed us
    Oscar Holdway López | Opinion I, like many on the 12th of December, turned up to my local polling station and reluctantly put a cross next to my local Conservative Party candidate. For years, I’ve been a skeptic of Boris, seeing him as a liberal centrist Tory with no real conservative beliefs to him. However, […] The post This “Conservative” Government has failed us appeared first on Turning Point UK. Read more »
  • If our foreign policy has failed with China, why would it work with Iran?If our foreign policy has failed with China, why would it work with Iran?
    Jonathan Eida | Opinion If there is one thing we can take from our current predicament with regard to China, it is the fact that economic liberalisation doesn’t change the nature of the beast: an evil regime will remain an evil regime. Following the decline of Chairman Mao, the West came up with a strategy […] The post If our foreign policy has failed with China, why would it work with Iran? appeared first on… Read more »
  • It’s time for a national conversation about the BBCIt’s time for a national conversation about the BBC
    Jonathan Eida | Opinion The reverberations emanating from calls to defund the BBC are gaining traction within the country at large. Increasingly, people are beginning to take issue with how the BBC is run and the decisions being made, which continually grind the gears of the public. The criticisms of the BBC are essentially two-pronged. […] The post It’s time for a national conversation about the BBC appeared first on Turning Point UK. Read more »
  • We are watching 1933 in real-timeWe are watching 1933 in real-time
    Jonathan Eida | Opinion 1933 was the year that the Nazi Party really began to tighten their grip on the German halls of power and the foundations for the years to come were laid. Political opponents began to be rounded up and all opposition was crushed. Conservatives and Communists alike were persecuted until there was […] The post We are watching 1933 in real-time appeared first on Turning Point UK. Read more »
  • What is the future of the Conservative Party?What is the future of the Conservative Party?
    Jonathan Eida | Opinion The next election is still a long time away. Already, though, the problems for the Conservative Party are beginning to manifest themselves. The basis for the Tory pitch at the last election was twofold. Firstly, the aim stated in their chief campaign slogan: “Get Brexit Done.” The second line of attack […] The post What is the future of the Conservative Party? appeared first on Turning Point UK. Read more »
  • We must re-evaluate our approach to foreign policy in the light of Hong KongWe must re-evaluate our approach to foreign policy in the light of Hong Kong
    Jonathan Eida | Opinion We are already beginning to see the results of China’s ruthless takeover of Hong Kong. The moment the Chinese Government broke the ‘one country, two systems’ treaty by passing the ‘Security Bill’, the results were inevitable. At least ten people have now been arrested under this law, including one man who […] The post We must re-evaluate our approach to foreign policy in the light of Hong Kong appeared first on… Read more »
  • Starmer was right to sack Long-Bailey – but what next?Starmer was right to sack Long-Bailey – but what next?
    Jonathan Eida | Opinion As the dust begins to settle after the sacking of Rebecca Long-Bailey from her role as Shadow Education Secretary, one cannot help but feel as though the consequences of this decision have not yet been fully understood. The divisions in Labour Party are well-documented. There were no deceptions surrounding the fact […] The post Starmer was right to sack Long-Bailey – but what next? appeared first on Turning Point UK. Read more »
  • We must be wary of an ever-growing stateWe must be wary of an ever-growing state
    Jonathan Eida | Opinion The world is often seen as a picture, when in fact it is a movie – one must only see where we are headed. It is very easy to support one action in isolation, but seeing the results down the line is a much harder feat. Very small shifts in public […] The post We must be wary of an ever-growing state appeared first on Turning Point UK. Read more »
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  • Logic and rhetoric at the heart of Smith's ideasLogic and rhetoric at the heart of Smith's ideas
    Today (22 April) is the date when, in 1751, Adam Smith was appointed Professor of Logic and Rhetoric at the University of Glasgow. Though only 28, he was already well known as a gifted scholar. He had given a very successful series of public lectures on philosophy, in Edinburgh. The intelligentsia of Scotland’s capital were impressed.Before the year was out, the young Smith was promoted to the prestigious Chair of Moral Philosophy — a post… Read more »
  • To our surprise, another thing that Polly Toynbee doesn't understandTo our surprise, another thing that Polly Toynbee doesn't understand
    That we’re not great fans of the logical or observational qualities of Polly Toynbee merely makes us rational and capable of logic and observation ourselves. But it does still come as a surprise to find another thing that Polly manages to entirely misunderstand:Britain’s birthrate is plummeting. The already fast-falling rate has sunk into yet steeper decline during the pandemic, as people stop having babies when times are hard – and there may not be a… Read more »
  • The sad misunderstanding of what is an economic resource that we should be sparing with our use ofThe sad misunderstanding of what is an economic resource that we should be sparing with our use of
    That we wish to be efficient, even miserly, with our uses of economic resources is obvious enough. By definition economic resources are scarce so using fewer of them to do any one thing allows us to have more things within our resource limits.So far so good - but it is then necessary to define what is an economic resource whose use we desire to be efficient with our use of, even miserly in how we… Read more »
  • Can we take it that public choice economics is now proven?Can we take it that public choice economics is now proven?
    Public choice economics is one of those observations that is truly hated by those who believe in the purity of government. For it is the observation that those who rule us are motivated, at least in part, by their own economic self-interest. Just like everyone else that is, simply because those who govern are indeed humans just like everyone else.In modeling the behavior of individuals as driven by the goal of utility maximization—economics jargon for… Read more »
  • In which we accuse Liam Halligan of a lack of ambitionIn which we accuse Liam Halligan of a lack of ambition
    Liam Halligan tells us that there are economic rents being made in the housing market: The problem, says Morton, is that planning permissions are “a one-way gift which boosts the value of the land from say £20,000 a hectare to £2-£3 million, in return for no obligation to do anything beyond breaking ground”. As a result, “housebuilding is largely in the hands of a few large builders and a cottage industry of land promoters, pushing… Read more »
  • The British Gas hire and fire extravaganzaThe British Gas hire and fire extravaganza
    British Gas is offering new contracts to its service engineers. Those who don’t accept the longer contractual hours, plus a marked absence of overtime for weekend etc work, won’t have a contract nor a job. This is being called “hire and fire”. There’s a specific point we’re interested in here and it’s not that Owen Jones has climbed on the soapbox over this - that is so usual as to be not worth noting. It’s… Read more »
  • A recommendation for Will Hutton in his new jobA recommendation for Will Hutton in his new job
    Quite why Will Hutton does keep falling, Widmerpool-like, upwards is beyond our ken. His latest new job is as the incoming President of the Academy of Social Sciences. We have a recommendation for him in this new post:Social science studies society in all its manifestations – where and how we live, economic activity, the dynamics of health, education, management, law, the wellsprings of wellbeing and humanity’s interactions with nature – backed by the careful marshalling… Read more »
  • The OECD makes sense this timeThe OECD makes sense this time
    This not being something we can always say, that the OECD’s economic prescriptions make sense. But - horrendous no doubt - cynicism about international economic bureaucracies aside, this does indeed make sense: Stamp duty should be cut permanently as part of a radical post-Covid overhaul to boost investment and make it easier for people to move to new jobs, according to the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD).Transactions taxes are always contra-indicated given their… Read more »
  • Today's proof that beating climate change will make us poorerToday's proof that beating climate change will make us poorer
    Or if you prefer, today’s proof that some insist we must become poorer to beat climate change:Nevertheless, the French bill still compares favourably with the efforts of the UK government when it comes to aviation emissions, by virtue of this key distinction: the ban recognises that we can’t tackle climate change without some actual curbs on air travel. Up until now, the idea that there might be hard limits to consumption in a carbon-constrained world… Read more »
  • It's not wholly and entirely obvious that this is beneficialIt's not wholly and entirely obvious that this is beneficial
    Some changes in the waste management industry:Carswell is a driver with 35 years’ experience working for Andersons, a large fallen-stock operator. Or rather, he is a knackerman, knackering being the old name for a role that, over the past 50 years, has been entirely modernised. His job and the way he conducts it are unrecognisable from the profession he originally came into. Now, there are forms, procedures, trucks, lifters, legislation. Since 2001, testing for BSE… Read more »
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  • The European Super League, and the economics of footballThe European Super League, and the economics of football
    Today, the media are full of reports and outrage about the shock news that twelve European teams (including six from the Premier League) are proposing to set up a European Super League as an alternative to the Champions League (and possibly domestic football for those teams if national leagues and associations follow through on their … Continue reading "The European Super League, and the economics of football" The post The European Super League, and the… Read more »
  • Good riddance to “African Socialism”
    Economic nationalism has plagued Africa since decolonisation. In 2021, that is set to change. On January 1, the long-awaited African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) came into effect. Aside from the economic benefits that the arrangement will bring to the continent, Africa’s newfound support for free trade and liberalisation marks a clear rejection of the … Continue reading "Good riddance to “African Socialism”" The post Good riddance to “African Socialism” appeared first on Institute of… Read more »
  • Competition and co-operation – a Catholic perspectiveCompetition and co-operation – a Catholic perspective
    If you ask most people – perhaps Christians especially – what the opposite of competition is, they will suggest it is co-operation. So often you hear the phrase “co-operation not competition”. But co-operation is not the opposite of competition. Monopoly is the opposite of competition. I do wonder if any of the people who call … Continue reading "Competition and co-operation – a Catholic perspective" The post Competition and co-operation – a Catholic perspective appeared… Read more »
  • Book review: “Free Lunch Thinking – How Economics Ruins the Economy” by Tom BerginBook review: “Free Lunch Thinking – How Economics Ruins the Economy” by Tom Bergin
    Introduction When I first read the blurb of Free Lunch Thinking, my initial reaction was “Oh please, not yet another anti-capitalist polemic! Britain needs another one of those like the Vatican needs another copy of the Bible.” But I was then very positively surprised. Free Lunch Thinking is not a polemic at all. It is … Continue reading "Book review: “Free Lunch Thinking – How Economics Ruins the Economy” by Tom Bergin" The post Book… Read more »
  • The case for a liberal precautionary principleThe case for a liberal precautionary principle
    The EU’s travails over vaccine supply have revitalised calls in some free-market circles for the scrapping of the precautionary principle (PP).  This is the value underpinning parts of EU and UK policymaking that can be broadly summarised as ‘look before you leap’. Or, if in doubt, consider risks of hazards, plan mitigations and if not … Continue reading "The case for a liberal precautionary principle" The post The case for a liberal precautionary principle appeared… Read more »
  • Housebuilding numbers in Britain remain pitifully lowHousebuilding numbers in Britain remain pitifully low
    House prices are generally quite pro-cyclical: they tend to go up when the economy is doing well, and they tend to stagnate or fall when the economy is doing badly. With this in mind: by how much, would you guess, have UK house prices fallen during the current, pandemic-induced recession? Bear in mind how unusual … Continue reading "Housebuilding numbers in Britain remain pitifully low" The post Housebuilding numbers in Britain remain pitifully low appeared… Read more »
  • COVID vs the environment: the Kuznets Curve in action?COVID vs the environment: the Kuznets Curve in action?
    The COVID-19 pandemic and the accompanying lockdowns reduced global CO2 emissions by 7 percent last year. Some environmentalists, such as the University College London professor Mariana Mazzucato, have thus wondered about the feasibility of future “climate lockdowns […] to tackle a climate emergency.” Yet even if we ignore the negative consequences of prolonged lockdowns on broader health … Continue reading "COVID vs the environment: the Kuznets Curve in action?" The post COVID vs the environment: the Kuznets… Read more »
  • Some initial thoughts on the Commission on Race and Ethnic Disparities’ reportSome initial thoughts on the Commission on Race and Ethnic Disparities’ report
    The Report of the Commission on Race and Ethnic Disparities has attracted predictable controversy. Some are hailing it as an important new, more positive, direction in policy towards ethnic minorities, while others condemn it as “whitewashing” the country’s record and “gaslighting” equality campaigners. I suspect many of the most vociferous on both sides of the … Continue reading "Some initial thoughts on the Commission on Race and Ethnic Disparities’ report" The post Some initial thoughts… Read more »
  • Will Covid-induced inflation give cryptocurrencies a boost?
    A little over one month ago, Bitcoin reached a market capitalisation of one trillion dollars. The cryptocurrency, which just ten years ago was traded by cyberpunks on cryptography forums now stands beside the tech giants Amazon & Apple in terms of market capitalisation. With its meteoric rise, Bitcoin’s opponents have naturally grown louder than ever. … Continue reading "Will Covid-induced inflation give cryptocurrencies a boost?" The post Will Covid-induced inflation give cryptocurrencies a boost? appeared… Read more »
  • Viral Myths: my response to the British Medical JournalViral Myths: my response to the British Medical Journal
    The British Medical Journal (BMJ) has published a “rebuttal” of my IEA paper “Viral Myths: Why we risk learning the wrong lessons from the pandemic”, entitled “The IEA has used covid-19 as another opportunity to brief against the NHS”. The author, David Oliver, makes it clear right from the start in what spirit his piece … Continue reading "Viral Myths: my response to the British Medical Journal" The post Viral Myths: my response to the… Read more »
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