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Green Party policy would hit the poor

by Marrick on January 28, 2015

It seems that the flagship policy of a Citizen’s Income is in tatters. See the Guardian article for more details, but in a nutshell: the Citizen’s Income Trust (CIT), a much cited body by the Greens has modelled the policy. The net result is more than one in three households would be losers. “The trust’s […]

I did not have lobbying with that Australian, says pudgy-faced Prime Minister

by Marrick on July 20, 2013

So, why won’t David Cameron confirm or deny that he discussed fracking with Lynton Crosby? I’m not suggesting any impropriety, despite Crosby’s close association with the fracking industry and the sudden and unexpected tax breaks offered to them. Neither am I suggesting that fracking is dangerous and likely to cause damage to the environment including […]

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 […]

Team GB

by Marrick on August 14, 2012

You did good.   Despite Boris Johnson acting the clown, despite David Cameron trying extract PR benefits from the reflected glory (all PMs do this, but Dave did it spectacularly badly), despite the seemingly nonsensical assertions of the Tory far right that kids don’t do competitive sports in schools, despite the 69% cuts in school […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Bangers and Smash

by Marrick on January 5, 2005

There are many ways to send a perfectly good car to an early grave, the most obvious is to give it to a company rep. Less apparent, but lots more fun is to take it to Llandre Airfield on the third Sunday of the month and enter it into a contest with the bargain basement […]