Taxing Business

21 October 2021 Taxing Business International action at last. By John Watson It doesn’t exactly stir the blood.  There is no derring-do.  There are no scantily clad foreign adventuresses with a revolver in one hand and a dry martini in the other.  It is unlikely to terminate any political careers or lead to any executions… Continue reading Taxing Business

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Tale of 2 Governors

21 October 2021 A Tale of Two Governors Texas and Virginia. By J R Thomas Outsiders forget that the United States of America are just that: states, united within a large chunk of the American continent.  This huge country – so vast its spaces, sparse its original populations and impossible its communications – started that… Continue reading Tale of 2 Governors

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Vaccination Update

21 October 2021 Lies, Damned Lies and Coronavirus Vaccination update by David Chilvers This week, the House of Commons Health and Social Care, and Science and Technology Committees published an interim report on the lessons learned from the coronavirus pandemic.  The report was critical of many aspects of how the pandemic was handled but praised… Continue reading Vaccination Update

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Battle of Ideas

21 October 2021 Battle of Ideas A chance to debate. By Lynda Goetz A fortnight ago I had never even heard about this event.  A week ago, I dropped everything to attend. For those who share my recent ignorance, this is an annual event, which has been happening since 2005 (with a break for obvious… Continue reading Battle of Ideas

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Hearts and Minds

21 October 2021 Hearts and Minds Saving the planet. By Neil Tidmarsh Remember the cold snap at the beginning of this month? There was no heating here in our block of flats, even though it usually comes on at the beginning of October each year. My shivering neighbours and I sent desperate emails and texts… Continue reading Hearts and Minds

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Elvis Was Right

21 October 2021 Elvis was right all along A study in plastics. By Paul Branch Let’s start with a little teaser which we’ll get back to eventually:  What links Greta Thunberg, Her Majesty The Queen (no, not Carrie… the real one), and the One and Only King, Elvis Presley?  In the meantime (and yes, this… Continue reading Elvis Was Right

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Fuel and Gas

21 October 2021 Fuel and Gas More fat needed? By Robert Kilconner It is a general rule of classical drama that hubris is followed by nemesis; so when, a year or two ago, I was offered the opportunity to buy energy from a company run by Islington Council I passed it up.  Yes, that did… Continue reading Fuel and Gas

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Issue 296: 2021 10 07: Antipodean Insanity

7 October 2021 Antipodean Insanity Covid time-travel. By Lynda Goetz “Australia’s borders are currently closed”, it says very clearly on the Australian Government website.  This has been the case since 20th March last year, 2020, in response to the Covid crisis.  Borders were closed in New Zealand at almost exactly the same time and have… Continue reading Issue 296: 2021 10 07: Antipodean Insanity

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