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Ivor Tiefenbrun
Why be afraid of chucking Chequers and doing the right thing?

Why be afraid of chucking Chequers and doing the right thing?

THE CAMPAIGN against Brexit is stupefyingly alarmist. The bulk of our trade is with countries outwith the protectionist EU trade zone.  This trade has been expanding since we joined the EU, and while our trade with ...

Jonathan Stanley
Glyphosate risk? Why don’t we enquire ourselves?

Glyphosate risk? Why don’t we enquire ourselves?

THE CONCERNS over the herbicide glyphosate, originally marketed as the brand Roundup, have grown in recent years.

A recent court case has awarded a man hundreds of million of dollars in punitive ...

Paul Spare
Saving carbon emissions from electric vehicles could be illusory

Saving carbon emissions from electric vehicles could be illusory

THE DROUGHT this summer has kept the issue of global warming and carbon emissions in the public eye.  Road transport is the principal sector where emissions continue to rise and the government has proposed to reduce ...

Stuart Crawford
In praise of older workers

In praise of older workers

ACCORDING TO the Equality Act of 2010, it is illegal in most circumstances to discriminate against an employee, or in an advertisement for a job, on account of age. Yet many recruiters and head-hunters will ...

Brian Monteith
The McNanny State: How the smoking ban closed Scottish pubs

The McNanny State: How the smoking ban closed Scottish pubs

IT WAS SUNDAY 26 March 2006. Nothing much seemed different from the previous weekend. The Old Firm had won their matches, the weather was poor, and the odd empty beer can tumbled down the road. ...

Miles Saltiel
Student politics is not working for Theresa May

Student politics is not working for Theresa May

LET US START OUT by acknowledging that before Chequers, David Davis, Steve Baker and all of DExEu were completely side-lined (BBC Daily Politics, 9 July: interview with Steve Baker, remarks after 1 min 35 secs). Let us ...

Paul Spare
German experience shows how renewable power is not the solution

German experience shows how renewable power is not the solution

THE TECHNOLOGICALLY ADVANCED states around the world enjoy a high standard of living. Their priorities vary – European countries, North America, Australia, Japan expend their wealth differently, but have one important characteristic in common.  They all have ...

Miles Saltiel
Brexit “Pants on fire!”

Brexit “Pants on fire!”

POLITICIANS have never had much of a reputation for straightforwardness – it is of the essence of their calling that hard lines get softened. We are more than a century away from Victorian standards of ...

Paul Spare
Renewables fail us again

Renewables fail us again

ONE DOES NOT have to work in electricity supply to recognise how electricity supports almost every aspect of our lives.  There would be no modern financial services, no food storage, no instant power and light, no ...

Miles Saltiel
Theresa May: the worst English ruler since Mary Tudor?

Theresa May: the worst English ruler since Mary Tudor?

IT WOULD Be foolish not to see the Chequers settlement for the shocker it is. May is transparently trying to shunt any kind of palpable Brexit into the sidings, with baleful consequences. Possibly if they ...

Andrew Montford
How recycling contributes to marine plastic pollution

How recycling contributes to marine plastic pollution

WHILE MUCH FUSS is made about recycling, the majority of what we send to so-called mechanical-biological waste treatment plants can’t be recycled at all. So thousands of tonnes of plastic are quietly landfilled, incinerated or ...

Jack Ponton
Battery storage has a long way to go before it will make a difference to wind power inefficiency

Battery storage has a long way to go before it will make a difference to wind power inefficiency

A BATTERY of 1MWh connected to Hywind's 30 MW of offshore wind turbinesdoes not represent a landmark in making wind generation reliable. These two numbers tell the whole story. The turbines can produce 30 ...