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Are you ready for some equality?

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The Superbowl is a noisy, bewildering event where, over the course of what feels like an eternity, teams of men dressed like medieval knights on a ‘dress down Friday’ from the waist up and Freddy Mercury on any given Friday night from the waist down, gather in a field to kick a ball/throw a ball/catch…

Christina Marian Annesley

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It was her combined birthday and farewell party, held just days before she flew out Thailand for the start of her ‘Gap Year’ trip through South East Asia and Australia, and the last time many of her wide circle of friends had a chance to see her. We all thought we’d see her again once…

One of our own has passed on

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It makes me incredibly sad that a young, bright and aspiring libertarian has passed away. The last time we spoke, I mentioned the possibility of her reading some of her fiction at a Libertarian Home meetup. It seemed there was all the time in the world to organise that. Now, the time has gone. Christina…

Je suis Josie

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Originally published last year at Bogpaper as “Leg or Breast?” There’s been some outrage these past weeks over an NHS Trust that paid for an aspiring glamour model’s breast augmentation, but refused funding for a girl with cerebral palsy to have an operation on her spine so she could learn to walk. Now, I like…

Alex has come a long long way

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It’s been a while since we last caught up with Alex Ellis-Roswell. His long walk around the UK coastal paths continues. We’ll find out how far he’s come as we catch up with his updates. Lewinnick Lodge is a restaurant and B&B. It seems like a nice place to stop for breakfast. It must have…

The “A-kasse” system: voluntary welfare in Denmark

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The Guardian has a strange story looking at the number of Britons claiming unemployment abroad (looking at the bar chart, far fewer than the number of EU migrants claiming here, not that the story tells you that in words). Tacked onto the end of the piece is a section on the Danish system which eliminates all the scope…

Why is the National Health Service in crisis?

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I’ve been discussing the NHS A&E issue that’s been in the news of late with the medically knowledgeable and NHS-aware members of my family and thought you might be interested in their background information, so have written it up while the conversations are still fairly fresh in my mind. I summarise, then give my own…

Report details per head NHS spending

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A new report by the Public Accounts Committee examined total funding for a area and calculated the amount invested per head based on GP lists. The Telegraph badly misquotes the report but the essence of it is that given a par value of £1400 per head: The committee had found “huge variations” in funding with…