The killer smog that made politicians clean city air up

THERE’S been a lot of reporting lately in the British media concerning the Great Smog of December 1952 which, as a twenty-two year old electrician, I experienced first-hand. Dense fogs had long been London’s particular badge of infamy, but the ‘Great’ version was literally, a killer.  Figures vary,...

Red lights flash as EU high command consider Britain

ONE can imagine the High Command of the EU huddled down as it meets in secret conclave to decide what’s to be done about that turbulent and troublesome United Kingdom. Red lights are flashing, ticker-tapes rattle and messengers scamper to and fro, while a haze of smoke from cigarettes and fat cigars hovers...

Random thoughts from bailout for Spain to the world of drugs

SO much seems to be going on, without resolution, that the news generally is difficult to follow.  Rajoy, after insisting since mid-summer that Spain does not, and will not, require an European Union (EU) bailout, now admits that one might be necessary but that he won’t know until the end of the...

From rural idyll to ghost town

THE most deeply indebted in Spain, requires, at its present level of municipal income, more than 7,000 years to struggle clear, according to the Secretary Ministry of Public Administration. The Mayor of Pioz (population 3,800) a village promoted as a ‘Rural Spanish Idyll’, in Guadalajara Province, said...

Here is an idea!

I HAVE long held the view that quitting the Euro and reverting to a free-floating peseta would restore the fiscal flexibility so desperately needed to help balance budgets and bring unemployment under control. Unfortunately, those in charge of the economy appear too timid to consider such a step, but...

Shameless – or merely thoughtless?

WHILST almost the entire eurozone groans beneath the weight of austerity measures demanded by Brussels, with millions out of work, countless others on the breadline, and some even losing their homes, what has been the EU’s response? To demand – not request – that the ‘citizens’ of the European...

Europe re-born? But which of the many Europes?

FRANÇOIS HOLLANDE, the Socialist aspirant for France’s Presidency, took part in a function to celebrate the ‘renaissance of Europe’; a little premature you might think, since the future form of the EU is still undecided. One could even ask which of the many European configurations – cultural,...

Should Greece have called in the administrators?

BY utilising a doubtful form of financial chicanery, Greece has managed to clear away €100 billion of sovereign debt by retrospectively writing into government bond contracts a piece of highway robbery called ‘Collective Action Clauses’ (CAC). This meant that once 65 per cent of bond-holders had agreed...

Politics is a strange business

IF a British politician were to bribe someone he thought could be in a position to further his aims, he might, especially if he did it at election time, be open to criminal proceedings. And yet this kind of behaviour appears to be tolerated, even encouraged, in the EU Corridors of Power where the euphemism...

Cracking the whip EU style

The ‘Eurogroup’ – no doubt yet another layer of EU bureaucrats – has issued a statement detailing the measures demanded by the EU Commission and the Troika before the next instalment of the bail-out can be made available to the Greek government. It’s worth noting that these demands – in disguised...

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