Money as Debt

One of the unfortunate side-effects of the scandal over MPs expenses was that it took people’s minds off that other group of perennial fiddlers, the banks. The difference is, of course, that whereas MPs expenses amounted to thousands of pounds, bankers bonus’ are measured in the millions. And whereas MP’s perks consisted of such unlikely items as floating duck islands and cleaner moats, the ultimate outcome of the present banking system is nothing less than total domination of the whole world by a few powerful institutions. Everywhere you go you see the same thing. In the middle of every major … Continue reading Money as Debt

Time for discussion on potential of drugs

You may remember, a few years back, the public spat between the government and its advisor, Professor David Nutt, about the classification of drugs. Professor Nutt said that using Ecstasy was no more dangerous than horse riding. He was subsequently sacked from his post. This wasn’t because he was wrong. Indeed, he was, and remains, one of the foremost experts in his field. Unfortunately, what he said contradicted the popular belief, fostered by certain newspapers, and in certain influential circles, that all drugs are, per se, a bad thing. This is very strange. Most of us take drugs in some … Continue reading Time for discussion on potential of drugs

Ukip like Basil Fawlty on steroids

I was talking to a work colleague over the weekend. He said, “I’m not racist. As far as I’m concerned, it doesn’t matter what colour you are, if you have a British passport you are British. But I am racist about people without British passports coming over here and getting benefits.” He lives in Margate. He told me he was going to vote Ukip at the next election. This was a bit of a surprise. I’ve often had political conversations with him and I’ve always taken him to be a left-winger. I said, “you know they are more right wing … Continue reading Ukip like Basil Fawlty on steroids