Food waste

British households are throwing away the equivalent of 500 meals every year. Household food waste in the UK has increased from seven million tonnes in 2012 to 7.3 million tonnes in 2015, a rise of 4.4 per cent, according to Wrap, the government endorsed charity that wages war on food waste. Source: Higher prices are …

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The Centre Left

Those who claim leadership of the centre-Left (in which I include Tory liberals) are know-nothing poseurs who talk only to each other. What is now called (as if it were a brand new phenomenon) the cosmopolitan governing class is not new at all. It is the established bourgeoisie of our age which embraces all the …

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Putin’s Russia and 1917

Boris Yeltsin may have reversed the revolution by overthrowing the Communist party. But it’s Putin who has brought the century’s circle back to its beginning. Putin has restored Holy Russia: a society where ruler and church are united, where dissent is treason and where secret police watch for the slightest flicker of popular discontent. Official …

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Property taxes

Polly Toynbee says that “Homes are not taxed at all, and yet that is where all this burgeoning wealth comes from.” But as the OECD points out, Britain raises more of its tax take from property than just about any other rich country. Tim Worstall Source: Here’s the real truth about inequality – CapX

Snobs

Alain de Botton, in his book Status Anxiety, points out that in the 1820s the word ‘snob’ emerged from Oxbridge, where colleges often wrote ‘s.nob’, short for ‘sine nobilitate’ — without nobility. ‘In the word’s earliest days,’ he writes, ‘a snob was taken to mean someone without high status, but it quickly assumed its modern and …

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Tackling poverty? Give people money.

Last year the Overseas Development Institute reviewed 165 studies into 56 cash transfer programs in 30 different countries to find out their true effectiveness. The findings showed that cash transfers had improved school attendance and reduced child labour, boosted access to healthcare, improved and diversified diets, stimulated local economies and resulted in a reduction in domestic violence. …

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World population

Within five years India will overtake China as the world’s most populous country and then move far ahead. In 2050 the world’s third most populous country after India and China will be Nigeria — just ahead of the US. In 1950, Europe’s population was three times sub-Saharan Africa’s; by 2050 it will be the other …

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Why Montenegro matters

Montegnegro’s bid to join NATO will create an early test case for Trump’s anticipated reset of U.S.-Russian relations: if Trump wants to cater to Putin, he’ll get Senate Republicans to ice Montenegro’s bid; if Trump wants to signal that warming ties does not mean acquiescing in another Yalta, he’ll green-light Senate ratification and Montenegro will join …

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Who owns the world’s oil?

For all the fleeting privatization attempts of the 1990s, governments, not private shareholders, now own the world’s 13 largest oil-and-gas firms and three-quarters of the world’s known oil reserves. Privately owned multinationals such as Exxon produce just ten percent of the world’s oil and hold only three percent of its reserves. Source: The Rex Files …

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