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The deceptions behind George Osborne’s Brexit report

Sometimes, George Osborne’s dishonesty is simply breathtaking. Let’s set aside the way he has positioned himself over the years (if he believed that leaving the European Union ‘would be the most extraordinary self-inflicted wound’ he might have told us – and his constituents – earlier, rather than …

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Brexit: the economic implications - Woodford Investment Management Ltd

Britain’s relationship with Europe is of increasing importance to UK investors. It is a complex, emotive and highly political debate – and one that …

If taxes were lower, maybe Google would pay them

The Government is refusing to be straight with us about the terrifying extent to which we are living beyond our means<p>With over-regulated small businessmen and women paying taxes at the full rate, it is iniquitous that one of the richest corporations on the planet should pay hardly any at all. But …

9 Philosophical Thought Experiments That Will Keep You Up at Night

Sometimes, the best way to illustrate a complicated philosophical concept is by framing it as a story or situation. Here are nine such thought …

If the era of democracy is over in Europe, it’s time for Britain to get out

The condemnation of a national leader for being in touch with his people suggests the EU is back in the business of oligarchy<p>In the midst of the general vilification of Viktor Orban, the Hungarian leader who has inspired moral outrage for his hard-line stand on the migrant crisis, you might have …

Why smart politicians say stupid things to win elections

Georgetown political theorist Jason Brennan, author of the excellent book <i>The Ethics of Voting</i> (which I reviewed here), has an insightful post at the Princeton University Press blog, explaining why smart politicians routinely say stupid things:<p>The Onion jokes: Donald Trump is “an eccentric, …

European Union exit could make British households £933 richer

Lower taxes, cheaper food and clothes -- these are just some of benefits of life outside the EU<p>The typical British household would be almost £1,000 a year better off if Britain is forced to leave the European Union, a new analysis has shown.<p>British businesses trading with the EU would also be no …

What Oxfam doesn’t want you to know: global capitalism means less poverty than ever

The hijacking of Oxfam by the politicised left is nothing short of a tragedy. It’s heartbreaking to see a charity that has built up so much goodwill from so many people being used by activists as a vehicle for global class war. As a result, Oxfam is switching its focus away from global poverty …

The Left talks of fairness – but means nothing of the sort

Tories must take back the language of social justice, so that words such as 'inequality’ have some real meaning again<p>At last, the Tories have got the modernising thing right. In fact, they’ve succeeded in what they were supposed to be doing during the Tie-less Terror – that disastrous re-branding …

Labour should cease weaponising foodbanks

Related Articles<p>This morning The Independent reported:<p><i>“The number of people given three days’ emergency food by the Trussell Trust rose from 2,814 in</i> …

Mindfulness is stopping the world from thinking

Although the NHS supports mindfulness, an Oxford academic claims it stops people thinking deeply<p>People are wasting valuable thinking time on mediation and mindfulness and should stop trying to clear their heads, an Oxford University academic has claimed.<p>Theodore Zeldin said too many people were …

China’s Race Problem

For all the tremendous change China has experienced in recent decades—phenomenal economic growth, improved living standards, and an ascent to …

If London treated Britain like Germany treats the eurozone, Londoners would pay no income tax

As Germany refuses to bail out poorer nations like Greece, James Kirkup looks at the finances of Britain's own Germany: London<p>The poor old Germans are getting it in the neck again. Mark Carney, the Governor of the Bank of England, is the latest economic authority to criticise Germany’s reluctance …

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Cannabis can be highly addictive, major study finds

Research conducted over 20 years links long-term cannabis use with mental illness, lower academic attainment and lower birth-weight of children<p>Cannabis can be highly addictive, cause mental health problems and lead to hard drug use, according to a major study led by a leading British expert on …

And the winners of the 2014 Primetime Emmy Awards are...

The 66th annual Primetime Emmy Awards took place last night, with <b>Breaking Bad</b> scooping five awards including Outstanding Drama Series, Oustanding …

Saudi Arabia does not support Islamic State terrorists – or any others

Richard Norton-Taylor suggests that Saudi Arabia has been “funding the most intolerant brand of Islam” in his blog (UK weapons trump human rights in Israel and Saudi Arabia, 11 August)<p>He suggests this is “Wahhabi absolutism”. Hearsay and a little knowledge is a dangerous thing. He supports his …

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The forgotten history of cricket in the USA

An ancient sport with a big international following and English origins is undergoing a quiet resurgence in the US this summer.<p>Not soccer (or football, as it is known in other parts of the globe), although it fits that description too, and on a much bigger scale. No, we’re talking about cricket, …

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Burnley v Chelsea: Diego Costa will give Jose Mourinho's men 'balls' as new Premier League season kicks off

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho says striker from Brazilian backwater, with a scarred face and cold stare of a street-fighter, offers his side maturity<p>He has the scarred face and cold stare of a street-fighter, and a disciplinary record to match, but Diego Costa's personality has already charmed</b> …

B/R Premier League 100: Top 100 Players Ahead of the 2014-15 Season

Welcome to B/R's pre-season ranking of the Top 100 Premier League players ahead of the big August 16 kick-off.<p>As usual, we've delved into the film and assessed the summer performances to bring you our century of top performers. Who takes No. 1, who's fallen cruelly short and who are the surprise …

Windowless Airplane Will Give Passengers High-Res Panoramic Views

You don’t need a window for these views. Paris-based design company Technicon Design recently won an award for their IXION Windowless Jet Concept. …

Here Is One Thing We Can Do to Control the Spread of Ebola

Growing up in the village of Konjo in the Eastern Province of Sierra Leone, I remember the walks. After waking up to the crowing of hens, I’d take …

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Russian Military Vehicles Spotted Crossing Into Ukraine

A Guardian reporter witnessed several Russian vehicles moving toward Ukraine Thursday, but said they weren't the size of a "proper invasion force."<p>Walker added that the vehicles didn't look like a "proper invasion force."<p>Russian President Vladimir Putin's announcement of the convoy took the world …

Alex Salmond accused of misleading voters over Bank of England currency union claim

The Bank of England rejects claims by John Swinney, the Scottish Finance Minister, it has held technical discussions over sharing the pound with a separate Scotland.<p>Alex Salmond's government has been accused of a “shameful” attempt to hoodwink voters the Bank of England is planning for independence …

Jose Mourinho and Chelsea Will Miss David Luiz Like a Hole in the Head

David Luiz is criticised for many things, but whatever knocks come his way, it seems his confidence knows no bounds.<p>Sold by Chelsea to Paris Saint-Germain for £50 million this summer, the Brazilian endured a torrid end to the World Cup with poor displays against Germany and Holland contributing …

Richard Dawkins: I once tried to commune with God – aged 13

Richard Dawkins,Edinburgh international book festival,Atheism,Science,Creationism,Books,YouTube,Edinburgh festival,Edinburgh,Scotland,UK news,Edinburgh international book festival 2014<p>'Angels at the altar' fantasy of now confirmed atheist revealed as leading scientist speaks at Edinburgh book …