Cover Page, 01 March 2018, Issue 143 The Article competition is still open. Team up with a friend of a different political persuasion and define a New Politics, make the world a better place, and win a £ Prize. See the Article Cross Party Thinking for the full details. Share this using…FacebookTwitterLinkedinemail
1 March 2018 Lens on the Week UK WEATHER: The UK is “enjoying” the worst week of weather for five years with airports and schools shutting up and down the country. Very cold weather coming in from Siberia has particularly affected the North East with the effective temperature being lowered further by windchill. It is… Continue reading Issue 143: 2018 03 01: Lens on the Week
1 March 2018 Scotland and Catalonia The strange tale of the saltire and the estelada. By Antoninus Hogmanay, Edinburgh 2006. Revellers surging along the city’s George Street may scarcely have noticed the latest addition to the city’s industrial-scale New Year celebrations – large electronic billboards at each end of the street, one closing off the… Continue reading Issue 143: 2018 03 01: Scotland and Catalonia
01 March 2018 The Law of Unintended Consequences How easy to avoid? By Lynda Goetz On 19th February the Prime Minister launched a review of Higher Education funding. Much has already been written on the subject, but that and other recent news items prompted some thoughts on Unintended Consequences. The so-called ‘law of unintended consequences’… Continue reading Issue 143: 2018 03 01: Unintended Consequences
01 March 2018 Another election? Off we go! By John Watson If you have ever shovelled mulch, you will know what I mean. You dig away at the bottom of the pile undermining its cliff-like edge. For ages. It sticks together and you begin to wonder whether it will ever collapse. Then, suddenly, one more… Continue reading Issue 143: 2018 03 01: Another Election?
01 March 2018 Guns and Poses Republican revival? by J.R. Thomas It is very difficult for those east of the Atlantic to understand the American obsession with bearing arms. Many US households own a weapon and bullets; most, as you would expect of prudent householders, kept carefully hidden and under lock and key. Consequently, when… Continue reading Issue 143: 2018 03 01: Guns and Poses
01 March 2018 Fatalities on French Roads Why do more people die on the road in France than in the UK? By Richard Pooley How would British drivers react if told that the speed limit on ordinary roads outside of built-up areas was going to be reduced from 60 miles per hour to 50 mph? … Continue reading Issue 143: 2018 03 01: Fatalities on French Roads
22 February 2018 Diary of a Corbynista Temporary diversions from Brexit by Don Urquhart 22 February Lecturers at 64 universities and colleges are embarking on a 1 month strike, ostensibly because changes to the Universities Superannuation Scheme will reduce the level of their pensions. The employers want to move them from a defined benefit scheme… Continue reading Issue 143: 2018 03 01: Diary of a Corbynista
01 March 2018 Eros and Thanatos Sex & Death: the end of a beautiful relationship? By Neil Tidmarsh. Have you heard? I know we don’t usually have anything to do with tabloid gossip here at Shaw Sheet, but, well, this is a scoop, a genuine exclusive… Listen – yes, come closer! – that most famous… Continue reading Issue 143: 2018 03 01: Eros and Thanatos
01 March 2018 De-Plasticising Leading the new fashion. By Chin Chin No, it isn’t a new fad. I really have always thought that way. About plastics, I mean. About how they are polluting our planet and shouldn’t be allowed, especially if you are eating on the beach. It is true that I only went public… Continue reading Issue 143: 2018 03 01: De-Plasticising
01 March 2018 Charles I: King and Collector At the Royal Academy (27 January – 15 April). Reviewed by William Morton A five star exhibition Charles I was the second son of James I (and VI of Scotland). He became heir apparent on the death in 1612 of his popular older brother, Henry. One’s knowledge of… Continue reading Issue 143: 2018 03 01: Charles I: King and Collector
1 March 2018 If you’re happy and you know it Is GDP growth the best measure of success? by Frank O’Nomics We are continually told that, while experiencing moderate GDP growth, the UK is performing very badly compared to the rest of the world. Expectations of less than 2% GDP growth for the UK in… Continue reading Issue 143: 2018 03 01: Happy and know it?
1 March 2018 Hamilton, a musical by Lin-Manuel Miranda. Victoria Palace Theatre Reviewed by Adam McCormack Star Rating: ***** Who remembers the right-hand man? That most of us had never heard of Alexander Hamilton (despite his face being on the $10 note) before the huge success of Lin-Manuel Miranda’s hip-hop musical is quite remarkable. Quite… Continue reading Issue 143: 2018 03 01: Hamilton