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Trade myths exploded

27 separate trade deals: It seems incredible that some people seem to think when we leave the EU we’ll need separate trade deals with each of the EU’s (other) 27 member-states.  Yet they do – as evidenced by claims on Twitter.  Really people should get their heads in gear before they Tweet.  The whole point […]

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One nation politics

Odd, isn’t it, that even with Google, you can lose a press article that you clearly remember seeing.  There was an excellent piece in the Indy recently (that’s not a sentence I write very often!) about Labour’s complacency over the UKIP threat, and can I hell find it?  No I can’t.  But here’s an earlier […]

slider_free_trade

Trade myths exploded

27 separate trade deals: It seems incredible that some people seem to think when we leave the EU we’ll need separate trade deals with each of the EU’s (other) 27 member-states.  Yet they do – as evidenced by claims on Twitter.  Really people should get their heads in gear before they Tweet.  The whole point […]

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Cuomo takes on de Blasio in Charter War

Bill de Blasio won a substantial victory in his election last November, and interpreted that as meaning that people backed his policies. Well, somewhat. They preferred him to the other candidate, and, for the first time in 24 years, elected a Democrat as Mayor of New York. One of de Blasio’s policies was to wage […]

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Does energy independence matter?

Are there more Arab countries among the top ten oil producers or North American countries? This is a trick question, of course, to which there is no correct answer, since there are three of each: Saudi Arabia (2nd), Iraq (7th) and the United Arab Emirates (8th) on the one hand and the US (3rd) Canada […]

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Lies, damn lies, and statistics

Here’s a fascinating chart of the price of eleven food staples from 1890 to 2011: http://www.infoplease.com/ipa/A0873707.html Notice that most prices went up from 1915, two years after the US got a central bank, to 1935, the height of the Great Depression. Also look at prices from 1970, the last full year that the US was on […]

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What is a constitution?

What is a constitution?  The question may seem simple, but the answer, in the United States, is rather different to any other jurisdiction, or indeed any ordinary meaning of the word, and may go some way to explaining why the US Constitution is by far the oldest in the world. Ordinarily speaking, a constitution is […]

POLITICS-Labour-130405_395

One nation politics

Odd, isn’t it, that even with Google, you can lose a press article that you clearly remember seeing.  There was an excellent piece in the Indy recently (that’s not a sentence I write very often!) about Labour’s complacency over the UKIP threat, and can I hell find it?  No I can’t.  But here’s an earlier […]

Bill_de_Blasio_Inauguration

Cuomo takes on de Blasio in Charter War

Bill de Blasio won a substantial victory in his election last November, and interpreted that as meaning that people backed his policies. Well, somewhat. They preferred him to the other candidate, and, for the first time in 24 years, elected a Democrat as Mayor of New York. One of de Blasio’s policies was to wage […]

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