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How much will it cost you to vote Green in May 2015?

by Marrick on January 21, 2015

I’ve just had a read of the Green manifesto. It’s just a trite wish list, full of contradictions and non sequiturs. Most of it reads well and gets nods of approval from any right (as in left) thinking person, but behind their policies hides a basic truth – going Green will cost a lot. And […]

Wrong time, wrong message, just plain wrong

by Marrick on July 1, 2013

"Ministers yesterday admitted they are powerless to stop any rise ordered by Ipsa, and party leaders may have to shame their MPs to turn down any inflation–busting pay increase." Francis Maude speaking on Sky News: "It’s not in my control, it’s in the control of the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority. It isn’t even in the […]

Why Orange’s price hike isn’t as fair as it seems

by Marrick on March 11, 2013

I’ve just had notification from Orange that my two accounts with them (mine and my son’s) are going up from April “because of inflation” by just over 3%. On the surface this seems fine – that’s roughly the rate of inflation, but if you consider that a large element of the bill goes to paying […]

Are you having a street party?

by Marrick on June 1, 2012

I really couldn##Q##t give a toss. Different strokes for different folks, but I do take exception to the enthusiasts trying to shove it down my throat when I say, “no I##Q##m not going to a Jubilee party”. I have made a point of not saying that I would prefer to line the ffwcers up in […]

Banks eh? Doncha just love ‘em?

by Marrick on May 2, 2012

This week, Halifax##Q##s standard variable rate (SVR) increases from 3.5% to 3.99%, hitting 850,000 customers. Co-op SVR##Q##s up 0.5% points to 4.74% and Clydesdale/Yorkshire from 4.59% to 4.95%. RBS##Q##s One account jumps 0.25% points to 4%. Did I miss something? Has the bank rate jumped? No? So how come they##Q##re blaming the "increased cost of […]

Why has Labour taken a significant lead in the polls and can they sustain it?

by Marrick on March 28, 2012

Has Ed got it right? Can the man who the Conservative media are at great pains to paint as a poor leader be manoeuvring Labour into a winning position? Or are the Tories shooting themselves in the foot now, then hoping they can reap the benefits later?  As of today Labour are ten points clear […]

Is there a fat pill on the way?

by Marrick on November 16, 2010

Scientists have gained strong confirmation of the direct connection between the FTO gene and obesity, obtaining the first direct evidence that over-activity of the gene leads to overeating and obesity in mice. The research team from the University of Oxford and Medical Research Council (MRC), with funding from the Wellcome Trust and MRC, have published […]

Why should the BBC pay its own way?

by Marrick on July 10, 2010

There’s an idea being floated in the ranks of power that the BBC should be made to pay its own way. The concept is that through its own endeavours, the BBC should fund its activities and perform as a commercial organisation would have to. I disagree and I’ll tell you why. If the BBC had […]

Pity About The Fish

by Marrick on September 20, 2008

Landing at Goa airport was one amongst many adventures facing us. The airport isn’t a commercial facility in the truest sense; it’s a military base that has loaned its strip to the charter companies. The only problem is; the Goan military hasn’t woken up to the fact that they’ve lost the war. Goa is full […]