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That economic rules are a universal should go without saying - but it's something all too often ignored or even deliberately denied. One of the major benefits of trade is that the competition leads to domestic firms having to raise their productivity. The benefit of NHS outsourcing is that...

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Grandstanding Judge – Coke User “Should Not Be Punished More Than Michael Gove”

Sure, and isn't this a lovely little story. A judge has declined to jail a man convicted of Class A drugs possession on the grounds that he shouldn't be punished more than Michael Gove was for the same offence. All...

ITV’s Discrimination Against Male Scriptwriters

From The BBC ITV will no longer commission comedy shows with all-male writers' rooms, the broadcaster's head of comedy has said. Saskia Schuster said she realised last year that "an awful lot of my comedy entertainment shows are made...

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How Idiotic Can People Be About Lithium, Minerals And Recycling?

That lithium is getting more exciting as a mineral to go dig up is true. All those batteries for electric cars. Unfortunately, the world's supply of idiocy also seems to be rising. Just how ignorant do you have to be...

Monstrous Strawman Argument Against Outsourcing In The NHS

One way to win an argument is to misstate your opponent's logic, show that your misstatement is silly to ludicrous, then dance in victory at the lamentations of their women. This is also known as strawmanning. A useful example...

How Stupid Do You Have To Be To Get Pensions Savings This Wrong?

This is not the mere abuse that we so delight in around here, this is actually a serious question. Just how damn stupid do you have to be to get pensions saving this wrong? The assertion is that all...

Puppy Dog Eyes – Mickey Mouse And Neoteny

That puppy dog eyes have developed to control us human beings is true. But how lovely it is to find an article about evolution that actually gets the mechanism right: In a project that has all the makings of...

Hull Isn’t The UK’s Largest Onshore Gas Field – Nothing Like

To continue a theme, if only today's journalists had a bit of bottom, actually had some experience of the outside world. In this case, the idea that a rather minor find near Hull is the UK's largest gas field...

We Really Don’t Measure Wealth Properly

It's the Americans who are really going overboard about wealth inequality, here in the UK the polemicists are still warming up. We're rather more shouting about income inequality still. There is though a problem with the basic underlying figures that...

Telegraph Now Acting As PR Flacks For Microsoft

There was a time when the newspapers were written by people who knew something. No, not everything, but people did tend to be subject specialists at least when discussing matters off the main news pages. Technology, or Labour Relations,...

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