Cover Page, 9 September 2021, Issue 292 Welcome to our latest edition. This week we consider: a welcome for our Afghan friends; the state of the NHS; the politics of gardening; Russia’s asphyxiating democracy; the danger of stagnation; plus of course a Corbynista’s diary and a crossword from Boffles. Share this… Continue reading Issue 292: 2021 09 09: Cover page
9 September 2021 Our Afghan Friends The welcome. By John Watson Teach them English? Give them a summary of British history? An introduction to our institutions perhaps? The media is thick with suggestions as to what we should teach the Afghan arrivals to help them to integrate. All worthy and sensible enough no doubt, but… Continue reading Issue 292: 2021 09 09: Our Afghan Friends
9 September 2021 “The Pride of Our Whole UK” Desperately needs reform. By Lynda Goetz The NHS is something of a puzzle. It clearly needs adapting to the needs of the 21stC and yet we are constantly being told by politicians, the media and apparently the general public that it is ‘iconic’, ‘precious’ and effectively… Continue reading Issue 292: 2021 09 09: “The Pride of Our Whole UK”
9 September 2121 Little Weed Politics of Gardens by J.R. Thomas It’s becoming very dangerous to accompany a civilised breakfast by reading even the most recondite of quality newspapers. The coffee pot, the marmalade jar, the milk jug are all in extreme peril of being knocked from the table as the pages are turned, and… Continue reading Issue 292: 2021 09 09: Little Weed
9 September 2021 Diary of a Corbynista Smoke and Mirrors by Don Urquhart 2 September Newsnight focussed on the plight of leaseholders and asked the question “Who pays to make their flats safe?” Many interest groups on, all with warm words and zero solutions. The Government was invited but demurred. The major cause of the… Continue reading Issue 292: 2021 09 09: Diary of a Corbynista
9 September 2021 Russian Democracy Leaking oxygen. By Neil Tidmarsh Get out! Get out while you can! Will that cry soon be echoing around the International Space Station, sending desperate cosmonauts scrambling for the exit? It seems that the orbiting platform – built in 1998 with a 15-year lifespan but still in operation today –… Continue reading Issue 292: 2021 09 09: Russian Democracy
9 September 2021 Stagflation? Not so nice. By Robert Kilconner Those of us who lived through the 1970s will remember the destabilising force of inflation: 24% in 1975, 18% in 1980. An economy in which savings became worth little and goods and services became unaffordable. An out-of-control state of affairs until the radical policies of… Continue reading Issue 292: 2021 09 09: Stagflation?