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The benefit of being a single mother

What's wrong with me? My brain has just agreed with a Telegraph columnist and Tory cabinet minister, while my heart still loathes everything the Torygraph stands for. Why should I, as a divorced father of two, not only subsidise my own children living 400 miles away, but also those of prolific single parents who have in effect married the state. When will people learn children are a responsibility, not a parent's lifestyle choice. If you can't provide your offspring with love, affection and environmentally ...

Can we trust the IPCC’s evidence?

Because blind belief in technocracy and the myth of never-ending growth on a finite planet will ultimately lead to authoritarianism and mass murder. Progress by all means, but only in as far as it is environmentally sustainable, e.g. if technology reduces infant mortality then we should have fewer children and it takes time to evaluate the long term side effects of today's technological miracles. As a software developer I know what may go wrong, will go wrong. Believe me. Technology is fallible and don't...

Jobless who refuse work will lose benefits for up to three years

As a loyal Independent reader and keen supporter of Labour Party initiatives may I suggest the following policies: 1) Outsource all manufacturing to low wage economies... 2) Subsidise single parents and extend the definition of disability to free 5 million from the trouble of getting out of bed in the morning... 3) Subsidise private landlords so they can charge what they like to accommodate benefit claimants, driving up rents for those stupid enough to pay market rates. 4) Transform an obsession with...

Reality Denial

When do we let our political judgements be swayed not by a rational analysis of the facts, but by self-interest, wishful thinking, superstition or just plain irrational prejudices? Whether rapid climate change is taking place and is caused by human activity is surely a matter of scientific analysis, on which I suppose one may hold different perspectives, e.g. one may return from an unusually mild southern Greenland only to witness subzero temperatures in Madrid. One’s objective analysis during a...

Breeding Hatred

One of the biggest dilemmas for environmental realists is striking the right balance between the potential infringement of human rights required to power down to a more sustainable society on one hand, and the inevitable threat to human rights if we don't take action now. Let's call this the human rights dilemma. One solution is simply to deny the relevance of the coming environmental collapse by idealising a variant form of cornucopia, believing everything would be okay if we just wrested power from the...

Blaming the Messenger

Spiked Online are at it again, jumping at the chance to blame common atrocities on the spectre of green fascists . To the likes of Frank Füredi and Brendan O'Neill a green fascist is anyone who doesn't believe in their technocratic vision of unlimited human and material growth, if indeed they believe their own propaganda. More is always better and anyone who says otherwise opposes progress . ... A couple of weeks ago a school shooting in the Finnish town of Jokela captured the imagination of the...

Globalitis: Why Economic Migration is not always Good News

This Wednesday's Independent (UK edition, 26/07/06) ran a front page story spilling over to page two under the heading “ Outstanding: Official Verdict on school that shows the success of immigration ”. It featured a fabulous inner London primary school with twenty six pupils and twenty six languages, all apparently excelling academically and growing up bilingual in a dynamic multicultural setting of tolerance and mutual understanding. With pictures of such charming and talented children, how...

A Curious Exchange on Gambling

I belong to the school of thought that views happiness as a state of emotional equilibrium in which one's desires and material expectations are socially and environmentally sustainable. Should one feel unable to attain the required dose of desires in a highly competitive setting, this can indeed lead to much misery. The broad theme I'd like to develop is that the mass entertainment industry would be more aptly named the misery industry. One does not need access to official statistics to claim that the...

Dear Blairite MP,

Dear Ms Rachel Squire, ... The record shows that you have consistently supported the government on matters of war. In my humble opinion, all recent military interventions have directly inflicted death and destruction and sown the seeds of more interethnic violence. I doubt you have time to investigate the complex history of foreign involvement in civil wars still raging or simmering in Afghanistan and the Balkans, so let us consider the government's stated aims and its true motivations behind the recent ...

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