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I’d Tap a Tory and Shag a Socialist…

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Ok, inappropriate title… But you can’t have missed the amusing and revealing article that appeared in the Guardian about ‘Never Kissed a Tory’ T-shirts… Never kissed a Tory and got the T-shirt to prove it? It’s not a garment I have hanging in my own wardrobe – it wouldn’t be true. But then we all…

Gremlins in the comments

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We’re experiencing teething issues with a new “CDN” deployment which has caused issues with comments. The basic function of a CDN is to trade freshness for raw speed, with appropriate rules in place to ensure your experience is better overall. Something is not working as intended and it will take a few days, most likely,…

Stability as a Business Model

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Google is making the news in the UK for an agreement with the government to pay an additional £130 000 000 in taxes that it allegedly owes the state for past business in this country. While the government argues that this is a great deal, the opposition criticizes the arrangement as not nearly going far…

The Junior Doctors’ Strike

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The junior doctors’ strike kicked off which has resulted in 4,000 routine treatments being cancelled and even more appointments, check-ups and tests. The doctors are on strike in a dispute regarding a new contract and their concerns about the level of pay for working weekends and stronger limits on working hours. Absurdities and Fallacies For…

Beckenham maintains its tribute

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As the news agenda begins to move on, the tributes in David Bowie’s hometown of Beckenham are still being maintained. At dusk candles burned at the Three Tuns, now a Zizzi’s restaurant, and at the bandstand where a free concert propelled Bowie to fame. This author stopped to record the scene.                  

The Freedom to Speak about Islam

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I’ve been frustrated recently for having become curious about Islam. Specifically, I have questions which I would like for a Muslim person to answer, but I can’t find anybody discussing such questions. What I find are mostly one way monologues from opposing sides. (in the last week or so, thanks to Trump, US media like…

The numbers, Finland! What do they mean?

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Finland looks set to scrap its existing welfare system, and bring in a basic income of €800 (£576) a month. And modern, all too modern libertarian hearts are a-flutter because our gods, Milton Friedman and the Adam Smith Institute, are fond of the basic income – or at least something sufficiently similar to the basic…