Why Consumer Choice is Not Good

Saturday, 9 February 2008

[Picture of cigarette packs]I AM going to argue here that things have gone wrong, and that responsibility has become misplaced. It seems to me to be the case that things are no longer what they once were, that things are no longer simple.

Allow me to illustrate: Bread is no longer just bread, there Read the rest of this entry »

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Why Bicycles Are An Anomaly

Wednesday, 28 March 2007

[Picture of a bicycle lane]THE UK’s traffic and transport system is not cohesive and makes no sense.  I aim to show here that bicycles are neither understood nor taken seriously, and that their primary role is merely as a blunt weapon — mainly against the car. The car is the target of hatred by many for all sorts of reasons, even though it is extremely popular (see Why The Car is Best).

Public transport these days tends to be in the hands of private companies, and while there are calls for improved services, the government has already taken action. Very expensive action. This action has two effects: it targets cars and it appears to promote bicycles! (see How To Stop Traffic Jams & Save Lives). Read the rest of this entry »

How To Stop Traffic Jams & Save Lives

Saturday, 20 January 2007

[Picture of Traffic Jam]GETTING it right first time is a rarity. But even if something was done right first time, because the surrounding world changes, there has to be a limit to how long it can remain right.

In other words, everything ought to be monitored and reviewed regularly, with changes made as required.

  • How likely do you think it is that traffic and town planners have managed to get things right from the start?

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[Picture of a latte]THE American Dream is called ‘Success’ when in fact it is just ‘Excess’. Big cars, big houses, big meals, big salaries, big people, big coffins. It’s all BIG.

We are informed that the Mediterranean peoples are healthy, so let’s compare. The Italians are the slimmest people in Europe… but Europe is getting fatter as the American influence continues. Read the rest of this entry »