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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 […]

Ed: now is the moment

by Marrick on June 27, 2013

The Spending Review has not gone well with the public. After weeks of Labour slipping in the polls, and the gap narrowing between Labour and the Tories to 38/32 in one case, the overnight poll from You Gov has come up with this startling reversal: From today’s Sun/YouGov poll: Labour 42 Conservatives 31 Lib Dems […]

Is the 25% cut in the deficit real?

by Marrick on October 24, 2012

One of the things that has been much trumpeted recently is the government##Q##s “success” in cutting net borrowing (the deficit) by 25%. I thought I##Q##d look into it. Here are the net borrowing figures for the last few years – just before the financial crisis and just after: 2007-08 £40.3bn 2008-09 £104.2bn 2009-10 £167.4bn 2010-11 […]

Ed confounds his critics as Labour confirm their 10% lead in the polls

by Marrick on July 23, 2012

The latest You Gov / Sun poll reveals that Labour has established a firm lead in the polls of about 10 points. http://cdn.yougov.com/cumulus_upload…lts-230712.pdf Latest YouGov/The Sun results 23rd July CON 33%, LAB 43%, LD 9%, UKIP 8%; APP -35 That bloody Miliband, he##Q##s a terrible leader…

It’s time to admit you got it wrong, people…

by Marrick on June 26, 2012

Britain is slowly sinking into the doo-doo as weaker tax receipts from the recession-bedevilled economy emptied out the Treasury’s chamber pot. Figures from the Office for National Statistics showed that net borrowing (excluding the bit the bankers stole from us) stood at a tad under £18 billion last month. This is up from the £15 […]

The recession: it could have been worse says ONS

by Marrick on May 25, 2012

Yesterday’s revelation by the Office for National Statistics that Britain was indeed back in recession, confirmed the announcement made earlier this month that growth had stalled and gone into reverse, but added the sting in the tail that things are worse than previously thought. It might seem that the jump from two tenths of a […]

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 […]

Neo-Corporatism: Early Signs

by Marrick on April 25, 2005

Digital Rights Management is more than just a software device to maintain the copyright of published material. It is a reflection of a new philosophy that will ultimately lead to a society in which consumers own nothing, where the nightmare of the dispossessed comes true and corporate bodies own everything. The logical extension of this […]