It grieves me deeply to have to write this piece, I am a staunch monarchist as are my forbears & extended family, I hold the Queen’s Commission as did my father & have written extensively  in the...

NHS Insider

I got an email this morning from a follower, an NHS worker - give their email a read and let me know what you think. Name is omitted.Links now working!***Dear Mr Bloom, I work in the NHS. As...
Modern Monetary Theory or MMT is supposedly the new kid on the block - espoused by the likes of Paul Krugman, Will Hutton & various other so-called economists - whose claim to fame is a track record...

A New Dark Age

I have been struggling for a reasonable historical analogy to illustrate  where the western democracies are going today. As we have clearly entered a new dark age I do not intend to hypothesise when exactly it happened,...
One of the great historical myths is the American Civil War was fought to abolish slavery. Serious historians know it was neither a civil war, nor was it fought to emancipate slaves. A civil war is about...
There is one thing sure, death & taxes. We are all going to die, we all know that don’t  we ? There are no exceptions. It is why we have car insurance (we might crash) & life...
I wrote my first article for The Army Review in 1982, defence strategy then was straightforward, the Soviet Union was both ideologically & militarily arraigned against the west. NATO held the fort, largely American funded with a modest but...
Well - the response to my interest in bitcoin over the past week has been nothing short of amazing. I was totally surprised at the passion and interaction I was getting for simply saying I plan to buy some...
I am always bemused by the number of otherwise intelligent people who insist on labelling themselves atheists. It is extraordinarily irrational. I intend to outline a case here not for creationism, a step too far for some, but...
For five years (2004-9) I sat on the European Parliamentary Consumer Affairs committee, a woeful experience indeed but with occasional flashes of unintended humour. One forlorn afternoon in Brussels we sat deliberating on European bottle shapes, no I’m not...

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