11
MAR
2018

High or low price? High or low volume?

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Most businesses have concepts of ‘volume of sales’ (number of sales transactions in a given period) and of the (average) ‘value of a sale’. Looking across the broad sweep of businesses in any area (whether geographical area or business sector), clearly there will be businesses...
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30
DEC
2017

Rehabilitation of prisoners

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1  Prison population Combined, England and Wales has the highest rate of imprisonment in western Europe, according to the Council of Europe’s annual penal statistics [*1]. The prison population in England and Wales has stabilised at nearly 86,000 in recent years but the...
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13
OCT
2017

Homeopathy

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Homeopathy has raised its head in my local rag, Stroud news and journal. Let’s get the facts right. 1 Christian Hahnemann invented homeopathy in 1796.  He had been trained as a doctor, but not as a scientist [*1]. 2 In the 221 years since, not one single scientific study has been...
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12
SEP
2017

An extraordinary proposal…

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…to solve the UK’s immigration problem 1 What is the UK’s immigration problem?  It is that some people already resident in the UK think that too many people, currently not resident, are being allowed to come and stay. The indigenous people (some of whom are just the...
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11
SEP
2017

Is hate speech free speech?

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A recent blog has caught my eye. It’s Why Hate Speech is Not Free Speech by Professor George Lakoff, Richard and Rhoda Goldman Distinguished Professor of Cognitive Science and Linguistics at the University of California at Berkeley, where he has taught since 1972, and it’s...
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30
AUG
2017

Good questions? Good answers?

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This blog is about how to talk to people at networking events If people tell me what they do at networking events, I rarely remember for any length of time.  (That is, after all, why we hand out business cards that say what we do.)  If I do remember, I have may wel...
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28
AUG
2017

How to reduce online hate

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1 The UK needs a regulator for internet sites, in much the same way as the telecomms regulator, Ofcom.  Compliance by internet sites should not be optional and failure to comply should result in a site being shut down in the UK. 2 The new regulator would have the power to impose...
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23
JUL
2017

Why brexit won’t happen―3: What could possibly go wrong?

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  As discussed here, in all projects, things go wrong.  In a gigantic project, things will go wrong big time. 1  No plan It is realised that there isn’t a plan.  Or what there is is so inadequate that it’s worse than useless. Given that the Leave side in the referendum did...
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23
JUL
2017

Why brexit won’t happen―2: Twelve serious problems

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As discussed in part 1, the British seem unable to “think things through”.  Here are twelve major brexit problems which those in charge of implementing whatever is agreed will have to face. Even though I am no fortune teller, this is so close to fact, rather than...
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15
JUL
2017

Why brexit won’t happen―1

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An analogy Think of a small business, say thirty people.  Its financial software is out of date and increasingly failing to support all the business’s needs.  So the board decides to invest in a new package.  An exercise is carried and a new package is identified and purchased. ...
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