History is full of examples of leaders who lacked negative feedback. Empathy and conscience provide negative feedback, and the psychopathic personality who lacks these becomes the despot or tyrant. He or she then consolidates his/her position by assigning parcels of lesser power to those considered to augment the advantage. This accumulation of power can be considered positive feedback – there is no control or restraint. Machiavelli described the techniques in his book The Prince.
Home heating is a major contributor to greenhouse gas emissions, and the government plans to spend £1.3 billion a year on upgrading homes. However, this is a small contribution to the overall problem.
The ever-compliant Daily Telegraph and Daily Mail have floated the idea that, under a “major NHS drive” to be announced this week, GPs will be “named and shamed” if they fail to offer enough face-to-face appointments at some later date.
Ultimately, this all strikes me as part of a project to enhance executive supremacy — an ‘executive power project’, if you will — by treating courts (whether ‘foreign’ or domestic) as unwelcome interlopers, all masquerading as an attempt to ‘protect Parliament’.
It is not hard to understand why people here are having fewer babies. The Foundation quotes an OECD estimate that the typical working couple in the UK spend 22 per cent of their income on full-time childcare, about double the average rate for Western economies.
Late last year the UK agreed that, despite Brexit, it was still a participant to the ECHR. Now the government would like to go back on that pledge, replacing it with an ill-defined British Bill of Rights.
Over 80 per cent of Labour Party members support Proportional Representation. So why did a motion supporting it fail? And what next?
Awash with the highly skilled, the real high earner will be the bloke who’s prepared to empty the bins
So Johnson intends to restrict immigration to the highly skilled, at the same time making the UK labour force highly skilled. In consequence of which we will be awash with highly skilled immigrants and natives.
Sadly the burning question for more and more households this winter will be “eating or heating?” A huge increase in the wholesale price of gas, added to other tough economic factors, will leave millions being forced to make hard choices this winter to avoid falling into debt.
As the emergency slaughter of 120,000 pigs has started to become a reality today, the industry is in full-scale revolt and government seems in disarray.