Why you shouldn’t wear a poppy

Next year will be the one hundredth anniversary of the start of “the war to end all wars”, when the various imperial powers decided to go to war with each another. Four years later, over ten million people lay dead and the resulting settlement created conditions that lead to the Second World War. By the […]

Rediscovering Democracy

In the 2010 general election, the Conservative party ‘won the vote’ (enabling them to enact their highly divisive policies) with the backing of less than a quarter of the electorate (36% of votes on a 65% turnout). Today, despite numerous deeply worrying problems facing the county, the population is generally apathetic towards politics. Establishment party […]

Examining how to help stop paedophiles

Paedophiles who commit sexual offences against children are probably the most hated and reviled group in society. They are generally regarded as uniquely evil and the vast majority of people believe that they should receive punishment that reflects this. Frequently, when particularly obnoxious crimes have been committed and highlighted by the media, many people demand […]

Don’t blame Big Pharma, blame our economic system.

To (possibly) quote Joseph Stalin, “one death is a tragedy, a million deaths are a statistic”. This is the reason why our society is frequently exercised by a single preventable fatality that becomes a cause célèbre (especially if they are a white female child born to respectable middle class parents), whereas meanwhile innumerable equally preventable deaths […]