Immigration: economic benefit, cultural and social reasoning

Posted on June 12th, 2016

The leave campaign seems to be focusing on immigration as an argument for not being in the EU. I guess that if Britain leaves the EU that it could effectively close its borders to migrants from anywhere, EU or otherwise and that sounds on the surface quite a seductive idea - British jobs for British people: an exclusive system for a closed cou...

Arguments for the UK staying in the EU

Posted on March 3rd, 2016

The Brexit campaign holds up the question of there being too much European legislation, but they seem to forget the objective of law to establish and maintain norms to enable the free trade on which everybody depends. Not all legislation is good and perhaps there too much of it - however, this is not a reason to be outside of the game, it is ...

On Britain considering leaving Europe

Posted on February 27th, 2016

As a Briton living in France, this issue strikes me as being vital for my future. I am a direct result of the European Union because I am one of those people who has benefited from European mobility having studied in France and now living and working here for nearly 20 years. But above and beyond that I can barely countenance the idea that Brit...

Customers Looking for Quality

Posted on February 26th, 2014

If manufacturing is about making a profit, the difference between sales price and cost - then quality is a cost. Mathematically, therefore, reducing quality increases gain. However, something incredible has happened over the last two generations of manufacturing - the customer who once expected quality now expects low price and forgot that quali...

Islam and Women's Lib

Posted on February 26th, 2014

With so many areas of society leaning towards free speech, there is one that remains notably limited: talking about Islam in public without offending. Recent events at Charlie Hebdo might lead one to conclude: with difficulty. The Taliban, not noted for their tolerance and open-mindedness may be relaxing their ban on girl's schooling, bu...

Political correctness or childish politeness?

Posted on February 26th, 2014

Why do we oblige children to say please and thank you? Is it not that we are asking them to be submissive and we call it being polite. Is this what we want our kids to be? And aren't we just preparing them for a life of submission to bosses, the law, tax authorities and society in general? There is an element of conditioning here, and a lo...

Swedish town eliminates oil and gas

Posted on February 26th, 2014

It appears that a Swedish town of 80,000 people, Kristianstad, has been able to eliminate almost wholly their use of fossil oil and gas fuels. Their method: by burning the methane emanating from decomposing rubbish. Despite the undoubted production of CO2 from burning the methane, they produce, overall their output of greenhouse gases has reduce...

Gas Guzzlers and 4 by 4s

Posted on February 26th, 2014

Surely the first thing that any government with a real green agenda would do is ban large cars. Do we still need to be asking whether a 3-litre engine consumes more resources than a 1.5? And this is enough reason to ban them. Of course, I hear the free-choice lobby up in arms telling me that those who can afford should be able to choose ... but...

The cost of bio food production

Posted on February 26th, 2014

"For the foreseeable future, organic food production can make vegetables so expensive that many of the poorer people in society will not be able to afford them so that their diet and health will suffer." Which society are we talking about here, because poor people in Europe are very different from the poor people in Africa? The health of Africa...

Biodegradability of petro-chemical derivatives

Posted on February 26th, 2014

Petrochemicals are not generally biodegradable. It is only now after years of nagging by environmental groups and that it is becoming trendy to be bio that work is being down on finding more biodegradable materials. And the chemical companies are not the instigators of this trend. The result of throwaway consumerism has resulted in landfills as...

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