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Syria in perspective

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 05:18:12 +0000

Many people in the country agreed with the Prime Minister when she said she had no plans to involve the UK in the Syrian civil war. We also agreed with her achieved aim of  not adding to the death toll by the limited and targeted military intervention she authorised. It would be wrong for us […]



UK inflation tumbles, real incomes rise

Wed, 18 Apr 2018 10:41:14 +0000

On the government’s preferred measure of inflation, CPI(H),  March brought the figure down to 2.3%. On the CPI measure excluding housing it fell to 2.5%. This means real wages and incomes are rising faster than many commentators realised. It is a reminder how competitive conditions are in retail, with continuing downward pressure on prices from […]



More good news on jobs, whilst sterling rises

Wed, 18 Apr 2018 05:11:19 +0000

The pound drew level with the rate it reached prior to the referendum, hitting $1.43 again. The only negative forecast of the Remain campaign that they kept repeating after the event because they thought it had more chance of success  has now joined the others as wrong. During the Referendum campaign I was frequently asked by […]



The relentless drive to political union

Tue, 17 Apr 2018 05:26:39 +0000

The EU rests on the four freedoms – the free movement of goods, people, capital and ideas. It central political driver is now the Euro. The UK has never been willing to join the Euro, with around 80% of the public opposed and both major political parties against in practice. Many UK voters also have […]



Good retail sales in March 2018

Mon, 16 Apr 2018 07:59:13 +0000

The British Retail Consortium reported a few days ago that March retail sales overall rose by 2.3% year on year.  They said “This is above the 3 months and 12 months moving averages of 1.8% and 1.9% respectively but is positively distorted by the timing of Easter.”   Today’s more detailed news is that sales […]



Lecture at Middlesex

Mon, 16 Apr 2018 05:08:16 +0000

On Thursday evening I gave a lecture at Middlesex University about the long period of the UK’s membership of what became the European Union, and why it led so many UK voters to conclude we will be better off out. Two  things  were most  neglected in the Referendum thanks to the dominance of the Remain […]



Moderating posts

Sun, 15 Apr 2018 18:45:07 +0000

I have deleted a number of posts today, as I am short of time. I have deleted some without reading because they were very  long, and some which are  very repetitious in nature, as well as deleting many with attached links to sites I have not read.  



We need a Statement on Syria

Sun, 15 Apr 2018 05:03:54 +0000

I trust tomorrow when Parliament meets the government will update us on its thinking on Syria and give MPs every opportunity to examine the position now reached. I assume the limited action the UK  took with allies early on Saturday morning is the end of the military intervention  planned following the use of chemical weapons in Syria. […]



The international order, Russia and the rules based system

Sat, 14 Apr 2018 05:13:49 +0000

We constantly hear these days that there is a rules based international order which all decent states follow. Russia is condemned for not following these same rules. Those who think like this usually divide the world up into a majority of states who follow these rules, and a minority of rogue states like North Korea […]



Visit to Beckton Dickinson

Fri, 13 Apr 2018 15:37:58 +0000

I visited Beckton Dickinson at Winnersh Triangle this morning at their request. They are a fast growing medical supply company owned by an American business. They have several testing laboratories and office accommodation at Winnersh to run the UK arm of this multinational business. We mainly discussed how new technology and smarter products can help […]