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UK heading back into recession, says OECD

Good news. This will knock some sense into advocates of consumption- and immigration-led growth. Let's aim to shrink the economy by 2% a year, cut child benefit beyond 2 kids, retrain home-grown youngsters to do practical jobs and facilitate the return of temporary guest workers. Then let's introduce tough import tariffs on goods we should really produce here and start manufacturing much more of what we consume. We need to relocalise and power down!  ... ... ...

Philip Hensher: My solution to the Falklands problem: sell them

I don't believe it. I just agreed with an Independent columnist, except I would stress the Greek analogy is poor. If we let international banks and transnational quangos (the EU) force countries to sell off real estate that has been part and parcel of their cultural heritage for thousands of years and forms part of a natural contiguous area (separated by short stretches of sea), we're heading for trouble. But just remember in 1945, millions of Germans and Poles were forced to move west just because...

Younger Castro steers Cuba to a new revolution

I did and loved it. Cubans do not starve or suffer from a high crime rate. Compare it with neighbouring Haiti or Jamaica. Life expectancy is slightly higher than that in the US. Some infrastructure is rather dated, but what would you expect after 40 years of sanctions? ... In reply to: Julio Guillen ... Makes pathetic reading, really... The self-delusion of a "champagne leftist". Go to Cuba and live like a regular Cuban, for three months. You will be looking for a rafter in fifteen days. BTW, I am...

Laurie Penny: Decoys in boardrooms and pulpits won't fool the women of Britain

So we evolved to become H&S inspectors, recruiters, lawyers, PR spokespeople ? Progress should mean advancement towards a more viable society in which we embrace and acknowledges our strengths and differences. Overwhelming anatomical, hormonal, reproductory and indeed neurological evidence shows the biggest schism in humankind is between men and women. While equal rights and equality of opportunity are both admirable aims, unnatural social engineering and positive discrimination build...

Greece: 'There's no more left to cut'

Good point, but many apologists for corporate globalisation hide behind notions such as internationalism and antiracism to appear leftwing. ... In reply to: matti81 ... "Left-leaning globalists"---if you knew political theory, you would know that globalism is the brain child of RIGHT-leaning neo-liberals who hail from Chicago School of economics elite circles. ... ... Corporate globalisation initially leads to economies of scale, e.g. shifting production and even office jobs to low-wage regions...

Escalating depression crisis is costing Britain £11bn a year

"Depression Alliance" is a lobby group funded by big pharma hence their emphasis on treating depression as disease rather than a symptom, insisting "depression" just happens (usually defined as endogenous depression) and downgrading all real causes such as financial, relationship and employment difficulties to mere "triggers". If "depression" is becoming more common then it cannot be endogenous or genetic, it must be psychosocial with possible biogenetic factors influencing susceptibility. Please read Affluenza by Oliver James. It'll get things into perspective and then consider the competitive forces out there telling you you are worthless because you fail to act as cool or be as successful as others. Our material and social expectations are way too high. ... In reply to: Guest ... It's good that it is being realised...

Abortions to reduce multiple births on the rise

Just ban IVF, full stop. Ample evidence shows it leads to preventible multiple births and preventible birth defects (even in singel births). More important, it reduces fertility to a mere human right and  lifestyle choice rather than a natural blessing requiring love, affection and huge parental commitment and responsibility. Worse still, the current mass marketed IVF fad precludes more humane and rational options for couples unable to conceive like adoption, fostering and simply looking after nephews...

Doctors sued for creating 'Valium addicts'

I agree with much of what you say. But why are you still a member of the New(Corporate)Lobby Party? Prescriptions of psychoactive drugs and psychiatric diagnoses skyrocketed under NewLabour. Of course, Cameron and chums respond to the same lobbying efforts and the rise started under Thatcher / Major. But with the notable exception of Paul Flynn, New Labour has done Big Pharma's bidding. Under NewLabour health spending doubled in real terms, but most was squandered on bureaucracy and medicalising mental ...

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