13
MAY
2016

UK’s migrant problem solved at a stroke

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Is the sensitive and humane nature of Mr David Cameron, our prime minister, taking a battering? He may well remember what happened when the Berlin wall fell.  The easterners were beside themselves with joy to start with.  Many flooded to the west, and stayed, placing strain on...
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06
MAY
2016

Eight things the «Guardian» should do better

I believe the Guardian is facing a period in which its long term future is to be decided.  Because it is owned by a trust it doesn’t have quite the same commercial imperatives as other UK newspapers.  However, the trust does not have bottomless pockets.  The cover price of...
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03
MAY
2016

«If you can’t measure it, you can’t manage it»—true?

1 “If you can’t measure it, you can’t manage it.” This maxim ranks high on the list of quotations attributed to Peter Drucker. There’s just one problem: He never actually said it.—Drucker institute [*1] I agree that that is a problem.  For a variety of reasons, the internet is...
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02
MAY
2016

EU referendum—4: Is the EU democratic?

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1 A difficult question.  If, like me, you would argue that the UK’s parliamentary system, including our electoral practice, isn’t democratic, then the EU is certainly less so.  [For the UK, I would prefer a term such as ‘ecclesiastocracy’, a word I have just made up and meaning...
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30
APR
2016

EU referendum—3: another shambles looming

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1 All decisions based on dogma are suspect and most are wrong. [Dogma:  “a belief or set of beliefs that is accepted by the members of a group without being questioned or doubted” (Merriam-Webster).  Most people call these beliefs ‘ideological’.  But, ideology is the study of...
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29
APR
2016

Quackery

My local rag, the Stroud news and journal, printed this in its edition of 27 april as a news item: A PENSIONER who suffers from a rare condition has thanked a therapist who helped her regain confidence. Joy Alexander, 74, was diagnosed with Ramsay Hunt Syndrome in 2014, making it...
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25
APR
2016

Guest blog: My reflections: The transformation and contribution of talented young employees

Gary Weinstein I’m so proud.  They’ve graduated!  Well done to them all! Recently our year-long GradStart business and soft skills development programme for young employees finished. Over the past year, I’ve seen a transformation in the young people who joined...
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24
APR
2016

Free speech nailed—2

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1 The Guardian is currently running series of articles exploring why so many of the comments it receives from readers for publication ‘below the line’ are offensive or are, at best, beside the point or don’t make a point at all [*1].  Apparently moderators remove 2% of...
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15
APR
2016

Free speech nailed

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The right to free speech is not the right to say anything I like The right to free speech is the right to speak freely.  It is the right to be unimpeded by any person or organisation when one wishes to say something. It is not the right for me to say anything I like, whenever I...
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26
MAR
2016

Why it’s not necessary to believe God doesn’t exist

In a discussion recently, someone asserted that a belief that God exists is on the same level as a belief that God doesn’t exist;  that these are logical equivalences.  I don’t think that’s true, and here’s why. 1 In 1742, George Frideric Händel—a migrant, as we would now say,...
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