Monthly Archive: September 2014

Long live the status quo

They came, they saw… They bottled it. When the question was asked whether the people of Scotland wanted to be an independent country, the answer was a solid no. For every eight people that said Yes, nine said No. In only four of the 32 counts did the Yes vote score a victory. A week on, we’re already seeing the fallout from the campaign leading up to that day. Alex Salmond resigned a few hours after the result was announced; a denouement that brings a long career in front line politics to an underwhelming end. From now on, regardless of…
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Scotland: Just Say No

In a little over 48 hours, the polls will close across Scotland and we will have an answer to the question “Should Scotland be an independent country?” If the majority votes yes, then a union lasting over 300 years and spawning the greatest empire the world has ever seen will come crashing to an undignified and messy end. The problem is that even if the majority vote no, then both Scotland and the rest of the UK will find itself in an uncomfortable position. By any logical measure, the rest of the UK should be praying for Scotland to sod…
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Apple… It’s Happened

When the first iPhone came along, it was a pretty revolutionary device. Nothing else was quite like it. Since then, every release of the iPhone has been accompanied by a crowd of drooling fans, eager to give Apple their money for the latest shiny toy. Something interesting is beginning to happen though. People are getting wise to the fact that the new iPhone isn’t that much better than the last one. By Apple’s standards, the 5c was a bit of a disappointment, and Android is growing its market share like an unstoppable juggernaut. With the release of the iPhone 6,…
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How do we fix the NHS?

Sometimes an ongoing news event is like watching an earthquake. The story veers in one direction, then another, all the while wreaking damage. It’s not until the shaking stops that you can see the new landscape and give a considered opinion. The story in this case is that of Ashya King, the five year old boy with a brain tumour. When the story first broke, the parents were being criticised for being irresponsible by running off out of the country with him. Then more information comes to light and what do you know; now it’s the turn of the police…
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