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The scent of socialism and tripe-hound of equality

It may be that I am becoming a tripe-hound, an academic variant of the Victor Meldrew TV character, who screeched, ‘I simply can’t believe it’, at the sight of anything which offended his aging sensibilities. Or maybe I was born a tripe-hound, and my facilities are maturing, but it is definitely the scent of socialism […]

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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 […]

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Why is O’Malley running?

So, who is Martin O’Malley, and what are the chances of his being the next President of the United States? He is the former Governor of Maryland, and not as bad as you might think. Let’s assume, for the sake of argument, that the two main parties have exactly equal chances of winning the election. […]

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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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Why is O’Malley running?

So, who is Martin O’Malley, and what are the chances of his being the next President of the United States? He is the former Governor of Maryland, and not as bad as you might think. Let’s assume, for the sake of argument, that the two main parties have exactly equal chances of winning the election. […]

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The benefits of being bilingual 

It is often said that when Democrats sat at their 2004 convention, waiting to hear the bland blather of John Kerry, they really came alive with the electrifying oratory of an obscure state senator – and US Senate candidate – from Illinois. The only thing missing from Barack Obama’s speech that day was the words […]

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Indiana and religious freedom

As part of its commitment to being impartial CNN decided to label the discussion about Indiana’s new Religious Freedom Restoration Act “Rights vs Religion” because, well, you know, it is not as if anyone has any right to be religious. You just have to believe in one or the other, right? And there is a […]

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