Yobs and the prevailing “culture”

In the South London suburb of Croydon on July 18th two police officers asked a churlish young woman to pick up a fast food wrapper she had dropped on the ground in a shopping mall. She picked it up, then deliberately dropped it again, challenging the police to do something about it.  When they protested …

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Gormless youngsters

56.4% of British employers are concerned that graduates lack leadership skills, literacy, the ability to communicate or manage their own lives, solve problems or motivate themselves. In my opinion leaders are born, not made. (I know whereof I speak, having been on three leadership courses, which only confirmed my firm opinion that I had sparse …

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Pandering to the religious right

Apparently the Bush Administration is trying to redefine contraception as abortion. Are there no lengths to which these people will not go?   The world is over-populated, there is not enough food,  oil and raw materials to go round the 8 billion people,  and there are still such ostriches with their superstitious heads in the sand. …

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Co-authors of the destruction of American power

In his new 464 page book “Reappraisals: Reflections on the Forgotten Twentieth Century‘, the ubiquitous and prolific Tony Judt says:” Both liberal and neocon thinking has suffered from an ingrained provincialism that, when combined with grandiose schemes for rebuilding the world on the American model, helped to precipitate the foreign policy disasters of the Bush …

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Britain comes unglued

James Saft in the International Herald Tribune (July 9th) points out that Britain some years ago (under the superficial Blair) made the decision to base the “new economy” on property (assumed to rise indefinitely) and the financial services industry (presumed to know what it was doing). The country outsourced everything else and saw financial intermediation …

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Curing depression

In a book called “The Verneys“* by Adrian Tinniswood (highly recommended) he quotes the following entertaining story from the 17th Century: Thomas Sydenham, a Parliamentary cavalry officer and also a prominent doctor, had an aristocratic patient with deep depression, which nothing seemed to cure.  The good doctor interviewed the patient in London and referred him …

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Decline and fall?

An inherent contradiction exists in the the liberal world economy.  The current globalization of the capitalist market system is transforming the world economic structure and diffusing wealth to a score of countries other than the previously dominant West.   This is having the inevitable effect of undermining the hegemony of thwe United States at so rapid …

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Conservatives and global climate change

The more Democrats know about global warming, the more concerned they are. But Republicans who consider themselves well informed on the topic are no more worried than those who profess ignorance. This is because conservative news sources are highly sceptical of climate science, say a pair of political psychologists at Stanford University. (New Scientist, 31 …

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