Paradise Island is the home of a relatively small community of 10,000 people, and the people of this island are famous for their production of high quality widgets, which they sell as components to larger manufacturing client companies on the mainland. The population of Paradise Island has been changing in recent years however. The widget business has been depressed for some time – competition for contracts on the mainland has been fierce and a number…

As the annual political party conference season begins, falling party memberships, falling voter turnout and diminishing respect for those in public life are all factors signalling a widening gulf between elected politicians and the people they are meant to represent. In recent decades voter turnout at general elections had been gradually falling, dropping from 83.9 % in 1950 to 77.7% in 1992 and following which there was a marked drop of over six percentage points to 71.4% in 1997,…

As Prince Charles opens the new Defence Medical Rehabilitation Centre (DMRC) for wounded service personnel at Headley Court in Surrey, the focus of public attention falls once again upon the unacceptable number of deaths and casualties being sustained by British troops serving in Afghanistan. Upon meeting the large numbers of amputee troops cared for at the new £16.9m centre, the Prince of Wales said: “So often people don’t hear about the number of people who…

Parliament is set to debate further controls on immigration into Britain this week after a petition was lodged via the government website. Migrationwatch UK created the e-petition, entitled ‘No to 70 Million’, which has so far gained over 143,000 signatures from people calling on the government to take the necessary steps to reduce immigration and stabilise the country’s population to ensure that it does not reach 70 million. At present, the country’s population is projected…

Following David Cameron’s cabinet reshuffle yesterday, many observers, heartened by the replacement of outgoing Muslim peer Baroness Warsi as co-chairman of the Conservative Party, will be unaware that the cabinet changes may have served to strengthen the influence over government of another minority group. When Sayeeda Warsi was appointed co-Chairman of the Conservative Party in 2010, this controversial decision by David Cameron distracted attention away from the other co-Chairman, the rather less obvious ‘minority group…

Paralympians: Showing the Way

Despite often heartbreaking physical and mental impairment, paralypic athletes from across the world are demonstrating clearly in London 2012 that almost any adversity can be overcome, providing we have the will and determination to achieve great things. Too often these days, we peoples of the West allow ourselves to be discouraged, deterred and demotivated by the feeble leadership of establishment politicians. All too often we are induced into accepting second rank for our nations on…

Financial Crisis: The Printing Presses Set to Roll Again

As the worldwide credit crisis continues, the annual symposium of international central bankers, held annually in late August at Jackson Hole in the Rockies, seems set to signal another round of quantitative easing, i.e. the printing of banknotes that are then used to repay part of the national debt of the individual nations concerned, and thereby stave off financial collapse. Public faith in central banks as guarantors of macro-economic stability has been massively shaken by…