Category Archives: Political

Wealthiest 1% in the world and overseas aid

This week there is surprise that Oxfam claim the wealthiest 1% own more than the other 99% in the world. Another surprise is that a not too large £550,000 puts you into that 1%. With £55,000 you are in the … Continue reading

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Trident replacement?

The North West has an interest in the Trident replacement.  The submarines are built in Barrow and an alternative solution may involve aircraft from Lancashire. Nuclear weapons are a horror there can be little doubt.   They are unanswerable in conflict … Continue reading

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2015 General Election Forecasts, Lancashire

There will be a lot of General Election forecasts between now and May.  We found a seat by seat forecast written by Ian Dale who has Conservative leanings but has nothing to gain by being wrong.  So below is a … Continue reading

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20mph Speed Limits – any logic

The 20mph speed limits in residential areas seem to have a case, especially as I get older – can’t have all those people dashing about.  But is it the case of the sledgehammer and the nut. Looking at the UK … Continue reading

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English MPs to vote on English matters?

Today William Hague announced proposals for democratic decision making in parliament after giving more power to Scotland.  Basically it means English MPs voting on English only matters, Scottish MPs not voting on English only matters.  Sounds simple, sounds sensible but … Continue reading

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Inflation 1%, petrol 115p a litre

December has brought cheaper petrol and inflation dropped to 1%.  This seems like great news.  Will those businesses whose main costs are fuel reduce their prices?  Airlines with their fuel surcharges, buses.  Gas prices usually reflect the price of oil … Continue reading

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The Working Class can …….

It was a decent, if a bit juvenile, joke long ago to change the words of the Red Flag to ‘the working class can kiss my ass, I’ve got the foreman’s job at last’.  Now many commentators are saying it’s … Continue reading

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Vote for better Trains in the North

Politicians are rushing to make friendly noises towards the north using promises of better trains.    We have High Speed 2 which David Cameron says he supports. High Speed 3 which George Osborne is supporting.  Replacement of old trains which … Continue reading

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Ed Miliband’s Senate

Ed Miliband declared that a Senate will replace the House of Lords.  This is meant to make the upper chamber more representative of the whole of the UK.  It will also be elected.  It seems a logical proposal as the current … Continue reading

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Inheritance Tax on the North

The government are sounding out an increase in inheritance tax to a threshold of a £1m. This is said to cost the taxpayer £3bn.  In reality nearly all that extra cash will go to the South East of England.  So … Continue reading

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Companies not paying tax might not be all bad

On BBC Question Time last week one of the panellists got loud applause for saying companies should pay the tax they owe.  A figure of £35 billion was mentioned. That is a lot of money.  Is it true?  What would … Continue reading

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Ebola, is it a panic

The dreaded Ebola sickness adds another dimension to the list of 2014 woes.  Instant communication and hub and spoke travel is gift to the rapid spread of diseases and panic. The biggest gift to Ebola is the lack of hygiene … Continue reading

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After the Scottish Referendum

Scotland votes to remain in the United Kingdom by a 400,000 majority.  Many in Scotland think the promises of further powers are almost independence.  They might be disappointed and are sure to make a fuss whatever happens. The UK government … Continue reading

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If Scotland Votes Yes

David Cameron will have a tough time if he flips over and starts to try to sell Currency Union after his firm statement it won’t happen.  It could totally end his trust. If David Cameron was to stand on his … Continue reading

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Scottish Yes Campaign Do or Die

In 2 days Scotland decides ‘whether it should be an independent country’.   Opinion polls have gone from 60 / 40 to 51 / 49 in favour of staying in the United Kingdom. For the Yes campaigners this is a … Continue reading

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Crazy World Hitting Nearer Home Drives a Need for Insulation

There’ve been plenty of recent and significant military events in the world but they all seemed fairly remote from home.  Vietnam, the UK didn’t take part.  Iraq wasn’t too far away but seemed limited to one country. Afghanistan seems a … Continue reading

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Definitions of Poverty

We often come upon debates about ‘poverty’ and whether numbers are rising or falling and what it actually means.  Some say can anyone living in the UK be in true poverty, while others say poverty is relative to the place … Continue reading

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Turning point for the UK?

There is a lot happening.  First the Scottish referendum could signal the end of the UK as we know it.  Secondly there is talk of an EU referendum which could exit the UK from the EU.  An uncertain General Election … Continue reading

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Ed Miliband’s policies get a bigger nod than he does

A recent YouGov survey showed Ed Miliband’s flagship policies have the support of 60% of the population with 25% against.   Asked whether Ed Miliband is up to the job of Prime Minister only 23% said yes and only 14% … Continue reading

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EU debates

We’ve been treated to 2 debates between Nick Clegg and Nigel Farage.  In both cases the verdict of the public has been declared as a win for Nigel Farage.  His message is simple and appeals to a lot of people … Continue reading

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