Editorial Winter 2015 ©

15th December 2015 0

This November a crowd watching a ‘friendly’ football match in Istanbul between Greece and Turkey booed and chanted ‘Allah Akbar’ during a minute’s silence for the victims of the Paris attacks. Allowing for the yobbishness of football fans worldwide and a long history of antagonism between Greek and Turk it still shows how little sympathy the west can expect from … [Read on]

Wild Locusts and Honey

1st August 2015 0

1. In those days came the Prophet Jeremy, preaching in the wilderness of North Islington, 2. And saying, Repent ye: for the kingdom of Clem is at hand. 3 For this is he that was spoken of by the prophet Benn, saying, The voice of one crying in Designer Warehouse, Prepare ye the way of Marx, make profits nought. 4. … [Read on]

Editorial Spring 2015

15th March 2015 0

There is only one question to be asked at the next election. Who is going to pay at least a fraction of Britain’s £1.4 trillion pound public debt? It is four times larger than it was in 1998 and rising vertically. Traditionally state debt is serviced by taxes or further borrowing. Yet while more people are being employed the computer … [Read on]

“THE NHS NOT ONLY MUST FAIL, IT MUST BE SEEN TO FAIL” Really?

20th January 2015 0

What does this chart tell you? It tells you that it doesn’t matter which party is in power, avoidable deaths and disease – the purpose of any health service – have declined spectacularly since 1990. These are due to improvements in medical technology, public health and the ban on smoking. A juggernaut of scientific advance that has swept aside all attempts by ministers, … [Read on]

The Good Old Days; Curing piles with red hot poker.

15th December 2014 0

Conservatives are fond of harking back to the good old days when ‘medicine was an art not a science,’ it was also nasty. Save for sawing off limbs, curing piles with a red-hot poker or a knife in the groin to relieve bladder stones, there were few cures. The bewigged physician rode up to the house, the relatives assembled around … [Read on]

Editorial Autumn 2014

15th October 2014 0

The earth is no more than a huge piece of cooling rock. Clinging to its surface like gossamer is the biosphere, a living breathing membrane in which billions of creatures, including ourselves, live. Compared with the size of the earth, it is no thicker than a coat of varnish on a door, but infinitely more fragile. Earth’s greatest enemy is … [Read on]

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