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From fallacy to fallacy

– How attempts to stop insider dealing cause the market crashes of the future, why applied diversity is vital and how this marks the death knell for managerialism in politics. Insider dealing is widely seen as behavior bad enough to be made a crime. Certainly it has long been a major regulatory issue.  By way […]

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Brexit – what does it really mean?

Opinion polls in the UK underestimated support for “Brexit” – Britain’s exit from the European Union. Blue collar workers in particular ignored pleadings of the Labour Party, which was almost united in arguing that Britain should remain in the EU, and either voted to leave or stayed at home. This may have implications for polling […]

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Brexit – what does it really mean?

Opinion polls in the UK underestimated support for “Brexit” – Britain’s exit from the European Union. Blue collar workers in particular ignored pleadings of the Labour Party, which was almost united in arguing that Britain should remain in the EU, and either voted to leave or stayed at home. This may have implications for polling […]

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How to be an independent

Donald Trump is, effectively, an independent president. He has no roots in the Republican Party, and no sympathy with its vision or policies. There are numerous ways to be an independent. Your columnist would favour a grand bargain in which the president persuaded Democrats to abandon everything they want on the economy and Republicans to abandon […]

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Unbelievable folly: the ‘lose-lose’ EU climate policy

… I’d like to start by addressing two of the clichés — indeed the canards — that invariably come up in any debate about the EU and the environment. The first is: “We have to thank the EU for clean beaches” … or for employment rights, or health and safety, or whatever. Maybe I can […]

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Solar power or batteries? Which will be the breakthrough?

Will electric cars revolutionize the world? We have seen, just last week, news of a battery powered plane. Will this change our transport structures? It is certainly possible, but we probably need better ways of generating electricity if we are to see major environmental benefits from any such change. In large parts of the US, […]

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The Chimera of Mandating Health and Safety

Federal regulation of health and safety is based upon several illogical premises. Unfortunately, these premises are never discussed. Instead, we are bombarded with scare stories that business intends to make its profits with no consideration to the health of the public or the safety of its workers. Illogical premise number one: There is an absolute […]

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How to be an independent

Donald Trump is, effectively, an independent president. He has no roots in the Republican Party, and no sympathy with its vision or policies. There are numerous ways to be an independent. Your columnist would favour a grand bargain in which the president persuaded Democrats to abandon everything they want on the economy and Republicans to abandon […]

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No Congressional Honeymoon

President Clinton – President Bill Clinton – began his term when the Democrats had controlled the House for forty years and the Senate for most of that time too. They lost control two years later. When George W Bush took office Republicans had a secure majority in the House and a narrow one in the […]