Issue 133: 2017 12 14: What is the point of university? (Lynda Goetz)

14 December 2017 What Is The Point Of University?  Dissatisfaction increases. by Lynda Goetz  Over the last few months student loans and university tuition fees have been in the news, as well as the apparently excessive pay of a number of university vice-chancellors.  In a week when the latter subject has once again been the… Continue reading Issue 133: 2017 12 14: What is the point of university? (Lynda Goetz)

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Issue 133: 2017 12 14: Saakashvili v Poroshenko (Neil Tidmarsh)

14 December 2017 Saakashvili v Poroshenko Confrontation in Kiev. by Neil Tidmarsh They’re armed and masked when they come for him.  But he escapes onto the rooftop while they’re smashing the door down.  They give chase and finally corner him on the edge of a deep drop to the street below.  He threatens to throw… Continue reading Issue 133: 2017 12 14: Saakashvili v Poroshenko (Neil Tidmarsh)

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Issue 133: 2017 12 14: Keep Calm And Carry On (John Watson)

14 December 2017 Keep Calm And Carry On Davis puts his foot in it. By John Watson Blab, blab, blab, blab.  The ink was hardly dry on Mrs May’s agreement with the EU Commission on the three preliminary issues (the Divorce Settlement, the status of EU nationals already resident in the UK, and the Irish… Continue reading Issue 133: 2017 12 14: Keep Calm And Carry On (John Watson)

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Issue 133:2017 12 14:Does anyone understand bitcoin?(Frank O’Nomics)

14 December 2017 Does anyone understand bitcoin? Preoccupations with bubbles miss the point. by Frank O’Nomics. Come on now, you can’t deny that you wish you had a piece of the action.  For an asset class to provide a return of 1700% on an investment over a ten month period, or for investors who have… Continue reading Issue 133:2017 12 14:Does anyone understand bitcoin?(Frank O’Nomics)

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Issue 133:2017 12 14: Diary of a Corbynista (Don Urquhart)

14 December 2017 Diary of a Corbynista Jeremy takes his eye off the ball by Don Urquhart 7 December Jeremy used his 6 PMQ’s questions to attack the government’s Brexit performance.  It was a big mistake.  The PM was well rehearsed on this one and stuck obstinately to her script.   He should have gone… Continue reading Issue 133:2017 12 14: Diary of a Corbynista (Don Urquhart)

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Issue 133:2017 12 15:One year down..(J.R.Thomas)

14 December 2017 One Year Down…    …seven to go?                                    by J.R. Thomas Mr Trump has probably never doubted that was his destiny if he wanted it,  but might his party be starting to think that way? Nothing succeeds like success of course.  Mr Trump’s world tour is generally seen as a success with no… Continue reading Issue 133:2017 12 15:One year down..(J.R.Thomas)

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issue 133:2017 10 14:An NHS GP at the tip of your young, healthy finger? (Naureen Bhatti)

 14 December 2017 An NHS GP at the tip of your young, healthy finger? An East End GP explains the shortcomings By Naureen Bhatti   Last month I wrote in the Guardian about the new ‘GP at Hand’ service that had been launched with very little warning, causing shockwaves across general practice.  The private provider… Continue reading issue 133:2017 10 14:An NHS GP at the tip of your young, healthy finger? (Naureen Bhatti)

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Issue 132: 2017 12 07: Time For Reform (John Watson)

07 December 2017 Time For Reform It isn’t just Brexit. By John Watson Which is the precedent?  The US in 1775 or Britain in 1536?  Will the current period go down in British history as the start of a trip towards independence from Europe, or as the beginning of a social revolution?  Both of them,… Continue reading Issue 132: 2017 12 07: Time For Reform (John Watson)

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Issue 132: 2017 12 07: Respect! (Lynda Goetz)

07 December 2017 Respect! Are quiet carriages a thing of the past? By Lynda Goetz  At first sight it seems like a fairly trivial issue.  Should we still have quiet carriages on trains?  Are they really necessary, and if so what exactly are the rules and how should they be policed?  It is this latter… Continue reading Issue 132: 2017 12 07: Respect! (Lynda Goetz)

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Issue 132:2017 12 07:Exit Goldilocks – pursued by a bear (Frank O’Nomics)

07 December 2017 Exit Goldilocks – pursued by a bear Equity markets are dangerously high and ripe for a correction. by Frank O’Nomics For global equity investors this really has been the best of times.  Inflation in the UK has picked up, but globally remains modest and it has been considerably outstripped by equity returns. … Continue reading Issue 132:2017 12 07:Exit Goldilocks – pursued by a bear (Frank O’Nomics)

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Issue 132:2017 12 07:A bad time for bad guys part II (Neil Tidmarsh)

07 December 2017 A Bad Time For Bad Guys (Part II) Slobodan Praljak and Ali Abdullah Saleh. By Neil Tidmarsh There’s more bad news this week for those of you out there who’ve made a career out of hi-jacking a whole country. You’ve scrambled to the top of the political pile via armed rebellion, civil… Continue reading Issue 132:2017 12 07:A bad time for bad guys part II (Neil Tidmarsh)

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Issue 132:2017 12 07:Diary of a Corbynista (Don Urquhart)

07 December 2017 Diary of a Corbynista Trump and May show us what leadership is all about by Don Urquhart 29 November I attended the premiere of John Pilger’s film “The Coming War on China” – a must see for anyone interested in world peace.   You don’t have to agree with his conclusions.   However,… Continue reading Issue 132:2017 12 07:Diary of a Corbynista (Don Urquhart)

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Issue 131: 2017 11 30: Low Productivity (John Watson)

30 November 2017 Low Productivity A price paid for virtue? By John Watson For all the cautious common sense behind Mr Hammond’s measures, as he doled out a billion here and a billion there to serve as sticking plaster for the nation’s problems, they could only achieve so much in the face of the forecast… Continue reading Issue 131: 2017 11 30: Low Productivity (John Watson)

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