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The first (serious) candidate declares

There are some 200 declared candidates for the 2016 presidential election. One of them matters, and even he will probably not win. There are a dozen or so other serious candidates, mostly on the Republican side, who will declare and a few others who will ultimately decide against it, but most of the 200 are […]

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Six impossible things before breakfast

In “Alice through the Looking Glass”, the White Queen commends the ability to believe the impossible, and claims once to have believed six impossible things before breakfast [link]. I fear that the Daily Telegraph may be developing the same skill. Yesterday I was struck by the “Business Comment” column by Ben Wright [link]. He covered two topics.  […]

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EU in the UK, and the decline of Labour

Labours grip on its core vote was loosened further by the Heywood and Middleton by-election results. Had three thousand conservative voters in the constituency not split the vote, Labour would have been on the receiving end of their biggest by election blow in decades. With Labour doing very badly in the European Election and with […]

nra leadership forum

The first (serious) candidate declares

There are some 200 declared candidates for the 2016 presidential election. One of them matters, and even he will probably not win. There are a dozen or so other serious candidates, mostly on the Republican side, who will declare and a few others who will ultimately decide against it, but most of the 200 are […]

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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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Our posthuman future

“If I had asked people what they wanted,” Henry Ford once observed, “they would have asked for faster horses”.  For the same reason, Steve Jobs never bothered with market research. He didn’t need to know what people wanted. He invented things that they would want if they knew what they could do with them. Sometimes […]

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The email saga spreads to New York

Regular readers will know that Hillary Clinton is not one of this column’s favorite Democrats but that New York Governor Andrew Cuomo is. That the email scandal has now spread from Foggy Bottom and Chappaqua to Albany is significant. Governor Cuomo’s policy, apparently, is to delete emails after 90 days. The reasons for this policy […]

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An incredibly thin bench

Last week Common Sense predicted that the scandal of Hillary Clinton’s hidden emails would not derail her campaign for the presidency. The story has moved on, somewhat. She has now offered an explanation – a rather pathetic one – for not using a government email address. She found it “convenient” to have just one email […]

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The Secretary’s emails

In four years as Secretary of State Hillary Clinton never had a government email address. It is not just that she chose to use a private account, she only used her private account. The defense of this practice is offered on several levels: other Secretaries of State have also used private email accounts; she did […]

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