Bin there, where to put the T-shirt?

Posted on August 23rd, 2016.

Between 2011 and 2015 the UK population grew by roughly 3%, as did the volume of recycled waste we produce which rose to 11 million tonnes. While this represents no progress in reducing waste, the far more alarming statistic is that the rejected household recyclable waste rose in the same period by a huge 84% in […]

Why would voluntary reductions in sugar start to happen now?

Posted on August 22nd, 2016.

Tax (in fact duties) is widely seen as a major part of a strategy to reduce smoking. It is accompanied by various other laws such as a ban on indoor public place smoking, a ban on advertising, hiding packets at retail stores, and soon to be plain packaging. Combine these with antismoking campaigns and the […]

Is a referendum more democratic than an election?

Posted on August 16th, 2016.

The word “democracy” has been changed since its origins in the 5th century BC when the Greeks merged the words dēmos (“people”) and kratos (“rule”). The emphasis today tends more to the kratos than the dēmos with a large dose of nomisma (“money”). The difficulty is that in the West we associate democracy and capitalism together as […]

Why is the minimum wage not £20.70 per hour?

Posted on August 9th, 2016.

News from the High Pay Centre that the bosses of Britain’s largest public companies earned an average of £5.5 million last year, and have enjoyed a 10% pay rise brings a perspective on pay that is alarming. The £20.70 per hour in the title would be the 2015 level if the minimum wage had kept up with […]

Why does it take 17,500 pages to cover 7 words?

Posted on August 5th, 2016.

Before the Internet, the way to find out about things, well almost anything in fact, was to pour through the Britannica Encyclopedia. It was an astounding compilation, and managed to stay in print for 244 years up to 2010. Statistics on the epic source of information are staggering. The facts were contained in 32 volumes […]

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