Chocolate

Chocolate is made with child labour. Not just the ordinary kind that is still so common in much of the world, but the brutal, exploitative, oppressive, murderous kind. And there is no such thing as guaranteed child labour free chocolate. You buy...

Rewarding public service

It has been revealed that Steven Hester, the Chief Executive of Royal Bank of Scotland, the eighty-three percent taxpayer owned bank, has received approximately seven and a half million pounds in compensation for last year's work, during which he...

Considering the mote

The bishops of the Church of England have found a moral crusade. They are valiantly battling against the government's attempt to introduce a cap on welfare benefits. The government sees no justification for people receiving welfare benefits at more...

By what warrant?

By what warrant can those who claim to know that which is not inter-subjectively verifiable justify their presumption to impose their 'knowledge' upon others?

Statistics and Significance

The notion that statistics are untrustworthy is as commonplace as it is misguided. Counting things can bring to light relationships which might otherwise for ever remain hidden from view. Consider the US statistics on the approval of so called...

The future is bright

Even someone with merely the briefest acquaintance with Biology and Ecology will be well aware that favourable conditions result in an increase of the population of a species and detrimental conditions result in the decline and even extinction of a...

Bringing science into disrepute

According to a study by the National Institute of Economic and Social Research, there is no association between immigration and indigenous unemployment. This directly contradicts figures released by Migration Watch UK, which showed a direct...

Tony and his taxes

Tony Blair has done very well for himself, especially since leaving Downing Street. He set up a network of companies and trusts to receive all the income his nice friends want to give him for all the sterling work he did as prime minster. And it all...

Apology - what's that?

It seems to me that the word apology is being used more and more frequently. Yet, paradoxically, it also seems that the more the word is banded around, so actual apologies become increasingly rare. This week we were treated to yet another example...

How fast? How far?

When talking about cycling, the questions of how far and how fast are very quickly raised. However, unless one is talking about cycling on the track, such questions are essentially meaningless, as everything depends on the conditions. This truism was...

On expert opinion

Tortilla Flat is a beautiful novel, told in the form of a legend. Its heroes have many adventures. The one I wish to focus on concerns Senora Teresina Cortez, her children, the school nurse and Danny and his friends. Steinbeck introduces the nurse...