Posts tagged with: civilisation

A Monstrous Aberration?

It has been widely reported that Conservative Peer Baroness Michelle Mone and her family had received almost £29 million from a firm on whose behalf she had lobbied. She helped PPE Medpro to win government contracts worth over £200 million for providing personal protective equipment (PPE) during the pandemic. As the Financial Times writes: “The […]

Why We Can’t Afford to Ignore Wealth Inequality

  We are used to inequality. There is inequality of height, weight, shoe size, intelligence – in fact every human characteristic you can think of. But most of these characteristics follow a normal distribution, which looks (at least roughly) like a bell-shaped curve. Here, for example, is the way that height is distributed.   Only […]

What the IMF Really Said

Twice a year, the IMF releases its World Economic Outlook. The most recent was published on 11 October 2022. Some on the extreme right have been claiming that it is a clear vindication of Truss and Kwarteng’s disastrous Budget, and even that this Budget will make Britain the “fastest growing country in the G7.” We […]

A Budget that Says the Quiet Part Out Loud

  The Conservative Party have now been in power in the UK for 12 years. Over that time huge economic and social problems have emerged. It is clear that the UK needs a change in direction. And this is what Truss and Kwarteng promised. They have now shown very clearly how they intend to tackle […]

Will Truss Give It All to the Top 0.01%?

Truss has launched her so-called ‘plan for growth.’ History shows that the likely impact of that plan is to redistribute wealth upwards at an increasing rate, impoverishing most of the UK population. The post-war period 1945-1980 was known as the Golden Age of Capitalism; the period from 1980-2015 was the age of Market Capitalism. The […]

Human Rights? No, Thanks, We’re British

    The UK Government has a Bill of Rights Bill which (at the time of writing) is in the Commons for its second reading. Many civil liberties commentators have expressed alarm about the Bill, suggesting that it risks watering down the rights of UK citizens. Are they right to be concerned about the Bill, […]

The Future of Herefordshire

This is an approximate transcript of the speech given by Mark E Thomas at Hellens Garden Festival, 11 June, 2022.     Introduction Good afternoon. What a wonderful environment, and how lucky we are to be here in early summer to talk about the future of the county of Herefordshire – the challenges it faces […]

Traditional Conservatives vs Johnson’s Party

  It is obvious why those who have never seen themselves as Conservative should not support this government. This article explains why those who do see themselves as traditional Conservatives should take a stand against this government: This government shares none of the values that traditional Conservatives hold dear; Traditional conservatives prize pragmatism and competence; […]

99% on ‘The Jist’: Podcast

Article by Heather Smith Here is Mark being interviewed by The Jist’s founder, Josh Hamilton,  for his The Jist Podcast of political chatter. Click here to watch the interview or here to listen to the podcast.   Here’s a summary of the interview, which had some really interesting observations from Josh, particularly from his perspective […]

The View from Outer Space

    We have all had the experience of being so deeply immersed in something that we could not see the wood for the trees. And there is nothing we are so deeply immersed in as our own lives. So it is worth a little thought experiment: imagine that visitors from a distant galaxy were […]

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