Issue 346: 2022 11 10: Cover page

Cover Page, 10 November 2022, Issue 346 Welcome to our latest edition. This week we consider: the absurdity of a chief whip who can be bullied; levelling down the arts; blockchain and distributed ledgers – a financial revolution on the way; climate change and industrial unrest; politician’s android avatars; utilities – communism, compassion or common… Continue reading Issue 346: 2022 11 10: Cover page

Lashing the Whip

10 November 2022 Lashing the Whip A foolish complaint. By Robert Kilconner Gavin Williamson may be a foulmouthed, bad tempered, aggressive oik with a penchant for his spaniels but the allegation that he bullied the chief whip asks more questions about the lady herself than it does about him. How on earth did someone in… Continue reading Lashing the Whip

Levelling Down?

10 November 2022 Levelling Down? Arts Council Funding decisions. By Lynda Goetz I was brought up in the Home Counties and lived in London for nearly fifteen years.  I left London some twenty-eight years ago, for thirteen of which I have been in Devon. Like many other rural dwellers, I still pay fairly regular visits… Continue reading Levelling Down?

Digital Money

10 November 2022 Digital Money The next step? by A Banker I write this as a classic late adopter. Five years ago, I happily paid for almost everything in cash. I counted out change for my Pret a Manger lunch each day, aiming to minimise the weight of my pocket. I knew no other way. … Continue reading Digital Money

Worms Turning

10 November 2022 Worms Turning War on all fronts by Don Urquhart There is a queue of Tory MPs and supporters to tell us how much the UK has reduced carbon emissions in recent years.  A GB News employee, somehow allowed onto the BBC Politics Live programme, ferociously challenged Green Party co-leader Carla Denyer to… Continue reading Worms Turning

Taro Kono’s Double

10 November 2022 Taro Kono’s Double Android v. fax machine. By Neil Tidmarsh Forget Robot Wars. Forget Terminator 1 vs Terminator 2. This week the Japanese government offered us an even more thrilling spectacle of machine-on-machine mayhem. Taro Kono, the minister for digital transformation, has launched a sci-fi battle royal, a fight to the death… Continue reading Taro Kono’s Double

Who Should Own Utilities?

10 November 2022 Communism, Compassion, or Common Sense? by Paul Branch Our system of election and government has come in for a lot of scrutiny and soul-searching over the past few years, as initial carelessness and a degree of ineptitude has lately descended into incompetence, embarrassment and shambles.  The processes we have chosen to allow… Continue reading Who Should Own Utilities?

Cleverly Done?

10 November 2022 Cleverly Done? Behaviour in Qatar By John Watson Let us suppose, if indeed it is not the case, that you have a son or a daughter of whom, for reasons probably not obvious to others, you are particularly fond. Why are those reasons not obvious? Because he or she is a soccer… Continue reading Cleverly Done?

The Earwiggle

10 November 2022 The Earwiggle Electric cars and other hazards. By Chin Chin It really was a very nasty moment. I was driving along the Euston Road when I commented to my wife that with all the electric vehicles on the road it was much harder to hear traffic than it used to be. “Ah”,… Continue reading The Earwiggle


10 November 2022 Crossword Number 346 By Boffles Click for this Week’s interactive online crossword Click for a printable version of this Week’s crossword Click for solution to crossword 345 Boffles 2 now available from Amazon at £6.99.Just the thing for autumn & winter evenings. Share this using… Facebook Twitter Linkedin Email Whatsapp


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