Monthly Archives: September 2017

Pinprick

I wrote to my MP about prison smoking bans a couple of weeks back. Yesterday I received a reply: Thank you for getting in touch with me regarding smoking in prisons. I have taken up your concerns with the government, … Continue reading

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Globalisation

According my potted History of the World, after several attempts over a few thousand years (Greeks, Romans, etc), Europe conquered the world in about 1500. After that time, much of the world fell under Portuguese, Spanish, British, Dutch, or French … Continue reading

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Empower, Include, and Transform

Something I came across a few days ago: Obese people and smokers in the East Riding are to be denied non-life threatening surgery for six months. Routine operations, including for hip and knee replacements, will be delayed for patients with … Continue reading

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A Surprise Air Display

Entirely by accident, I watched an air display yesterday – much like entirely by accident I went to a concert by Jason and the Astronauts a week or three back. It was sunny in Herefordshire yesterday, and the wind was … Continue reading

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Progress, Private Property, and the Nation State

A rather garbled essay I read yesterday – Liberalism doesn’t respect a nation’s sovereignty – set me thinking about property ownership and nation states and progress. Sample statements from the essay: A nation’s sovereignty means that the residents in a land … Continue reading

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Representatives In Name Only

One puzzling thing about Craig Kelly (whom I was highlighting yesterday) is that here is a politician who doesn’t represent at least some of the people in his Australian parliamentary constituency. He actually hates quite a few of them. And … Continue reading

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Make His Life Horrible

H/T Audrey Silk for these words from Australian MP Craig Kelly. “You have to have some price pressure,” he says. “You have to have the strongest possible law enforcement. You’ve got to make lepers of those that smoke… make their … Continue reading

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