Monthly Archives: November 2011

Chancellor makes autumn statement on the state of British economy

Chancellor George Osborne has said public sector pay rises will be capped at 1% for two years, as he lowered growth forecasts for the UK economy. The number of public sector jobs set to be lost by 2017 has also been revised up from 400,000 to 710,000. Borrowing and unemployment are set to be higher […]


Last night, I watched Snowtown, if ‘watched’ is the right word. It is surprisingly easy to forget to breathe. And this film steals your breath, sliding its hands around your throat until you sit there, lips parted, bug-eyed, willing it to stop. Surely, the logic goes, surely they’re going to get caught soon. You can’t […]

Keepon Keeping On

A $30,000 robot that dances doesn’t look that impressive… until you realise that what you are looking at is a robot with body language. Enjoy.

Inflating ourselves into irrelevance

I have formed the view, over the last few years, that it is difficult to combine quality university education with the charging of very high fees to students. This is because, soon enough, the fee paying students will demand things of the course providers that those who received their education for free or for very […]

Breastfeeding law reaches everywhere except the courtroom

Via @simonwstockdale, I’ve become aware of the following case in Michigan, where a woman was chastised for breastfeeding in court: A woman fighting a Michigan boating ticket that had already resulted in a bench warrant says she had no choice but to take her 5-month-old with her to a Tuesday hearing as he recuperated from […]

Marking time again

Hey there, just a quick note from LE to say sorry I haven’t been around much, but marking exams is taking up all my time. After I’ve finished that, I have to get ready for a conference presentation. I had one of those anxiety nightmares the other day where I was giving my talk, and […]

On the stupidity of (some) Central Banks – Guest post by Lorenzo

[LE: Regular commenter Lorenzo has written a post on what the role of central banks ought to be in setting financial monetary policy goals. He starts with some historical examples, and continues on to contemporary central banks. Part of the issue (as I read his post) is that people must get some idea of where […]

Flock Off, We’re Fowl

  Home Secretary Theresa May is due to make a statement in Parliament later after three UK Border Agency officials were suspended over claims border controls were relaxed in the summer. It is alleged staff were told to relax identity checks on non-EU nationals. Labour have demanded to know whether anyone posing a risk to […]

Retrospective legislation against the rule of law

Retrospective legislation and the rule of law F A Hayek neatly summarises the rule of law as follows: Stripped of all technicalities [the rule of law] means the government in all its actions is bound by rules fixed and announced beforehand — rules which make it possible to foresee with fair certainty how the authority […]