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Cameron’s cynical referendum scam

Westminster was stunned on Friday when Douglas Carswell left the Tories to join UKIP, resigned his seat, and triggered a by-election.  And I must admit I was stunned this morning when I saw the headline in the Mail: SHOCK POLL: CAMERON FACES UKIP BY-ELECTION BLOODBATH: Farage’s 44-point lead over Tories.  Forty four points.  Almost too good to be […]

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Cameron’s cynical referendum scam

Westminster was stunned on Friday when Douglas Carswell left the Tories to join UKIP, resigned his seat, and triggered a by-election.  And I must admit I was stunned this morning when I saw the headline in the Mail: SHOCK POLL: CAMERON FACES UKIP BY-ELECTION BLOODBATH: Farage’s 44-point lead over Tories.  Forty four points.  Almost too good to be […]

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The EU. Time for reflection?

About seven years ago I wrote an article for a Czech broadsheet ‘The Prague Post’ about the impending Schengen policy that was due to come into effect for all invited EU members. This legislation ostensibly allowed the citizens of its members to freely move across national borders with an ID card effective as valid documentation […]

Governor Cuomo And District Attorney Make Announcement On Corruption Crimes

Andrew Cuomo in the Democratic Primary

The New York Times has declined to make an endorsement in the Democratic gubernatorial primary on September 9th. This column does not always endorse, either in primaries or in general elections, but in the absence of a recommendation from The Grey Lady, Common Sense decided to step up. For one of the world’s leading newspapers […]

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Should we welcome synthetic meat?

The cultivation of crops and the domestication of animals were two of the breakthrough technologies for our species. They marked the move from hunter-gatherers to settled and nomadic communities. Other breakthroughs – the bucket and the plow, for example, which enabled farmers to produce surplus, and thus for some people to be something other than […]

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Lucy’s Diamonds: The Ethics of Modern Consumption

My girlfriend cannot look away from jewellery shop windows. Their lustrous displays hold a startlingly magnetic power over her. One particular item proves more intoxicating than any other – the diamond ring. When quizzed on why she found herself so drawn to this particular carbon compound over all others she was lost for words: “I […]

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Governor Cuomo And District Attorney Make Announcement On Corruption Crimes

Andrew Cuomo in the Democratic Primary

The New York Times has declined to make an endorsement in the Democratic gubernatorial primary on September 9th. This column does not always endorse, either in primaries or in general elections, but in the absence of a recommendation from The Grey Lady, Common Sense decided to step up. For one of the world’s leading newspapers […]

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Good night, Ferguson

Having taken a few days to decide that the situation in Ferguson was worthy of his attention, Missouri Governor, Jay Nixon, has decided to make up for his indolence with extreme reactions. A period of under-reaction followed by a period of over-reaction does not add up to an appropriate reaction. It is not that he […]

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The end of Jay Nixon

Jay Nixon is a substantial politician. He was elected governor of Missouri in 2008 and 2012. Barack Obama lost the state on both occasions. Nixon carried the state by comfortable margins. A Democrat who can convincingly win a Republican leaning state in the Midwest is worth noting. A couple of weeks ago Nixon was someone […]

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