Forget forecasts

The art of forecasting is falling out of favour. Its usefulness as a prediction of the future has come under severe pressure. This is especially true in the world of political forecasting and for one reason, forecasts in this sense are invariably wrong. They have now become synonymous with the other meaning of the word, … Continue reading Forget forecasts

Pants on fire

In politics these days, the truth is a very fluid concept. Time and time again, leading politicians have been shown to say things that are wrong. This is understandable as we live in a highly dynamic world where no one can be expected to get everything right. What is unacceptable however, is when these ‘facts’ … Continue reading Pants on fire

Failing state

Grayling has managed to live up to his reputation again. He has failed to secure the lead of the Intelligence and Security Committee. At least this time he managed to fail before being given the job instead of during it. Instead, another Conservative MP, Julian Lewis has won the position. This is not the real … Continue reading Failing state

Anti-maskers

No doubt you’ve heard of anti-vaxers but just in case, this is what Wikipedia says: Vaccine hesitancy, also known as anti-vaccination or anti-vax, is a reluctance or refusal to be vaccinated or to have one's children vaccinated against contagious diseases despite the availability of vaccination services. It is identified by the World Health Organization as … Continue reading Anti-maskers

Why do you want to be world beating?

Brits were told in April by Hancock and Prime Minister Boris Johnson that the NHS's IT wing, NHSX, was working with tech providers to produce a homegrown "world beating app"  Despite app delay, Johnson says UK will have ‘world-beating’ contact tracing. We’re all aware of the story by now, Britain was going to lead the … Continue reading Why do you want to be world beating?

Why voting should not be mandatory

Voter turnout in this country is not great. At the 2019 general election 67% of the people that are eligible actually put their mark on a ballot paper. So what happened to the other third? Why did they not vote and what can be done about it? One way of solving the problem would be … Continue reading Why voting should not be mandatory

Are COVID-19 regs discriminatory?

After nine or so weeks in lock down, tempers are fraying. Frustrations are bubbling over even though there is some light at the end of the tunnel. Slowly some of the restrictions are being lifted yet I am left asking myself the question. Are the COVID-19 restrictions discriminatory? Unfortunately I think the answer is yes. … Continue reading Are COVID-19 regs discriminatory?