Category Archives: Charities

Bits and pieces…

Stuff happens and sometimes it’s worth a comment. On that basis I shall rant and ramble along on this fine December day.

I’ve been particularly recalcitrant with regards to Judith Ralston, the Scottish weather presenter who has been referred to as “Miss Whiplash” by others but certainly not by me. On the run up to the Scottish Independence Referendum BBC presenters of all shapes and sizes of a Scottish nature were usurped by an influx of people from south of the border as was the BBCs want.

This seems to have led to JR presenting the weather on BBC radio and since then she has made a few fleeting weather appearances and a singing gig on BBC Scotland Children in Need. Not solo obviously, but as a backing singer with Jackie Bird.

We need more of JR on our screens. As I may have mentioned in the past, her weather forecasting is probably pretty fine but many a chap in Scotland may have no recollections of what she was saying at all. We may have to start a campaign? Bring back JR!

Wait a minute that may have been used before?

Were you heading southeast down the A1 last weekend? Well obviously you weren’t but you may well have wanted to be since it was closed. A large bang was heard at or near the Catterick Army Base not far from Scotch Corner, which is a significant misnomer since it’s not in Scotland, Scotch is a drink only and there is no corner.

The loud bang was heard by locals and by people in Glasgow and other places. I, myself didn’t hear a thing. The Polis shut the road for a short time of some 16 hours. Well you can’t be too careful now can you?

Anyway, it’s a mystery and we’ll never know. Probably, it was down to the military since there is the Army base and an RAF base also close by. Since loud bangs were heard all over the place some say it might have been meteors whilst others think it must have been a secret aircraft creating a sonic boom or three.

Maybe it flew in from the USA with a flight time of 45 minutes? Pity BA, Virgin etc. can’t buy the technology so we could get longer holidays on the beach rather than spending hours on slow drones? 15 minutes to Ibiza anyone?

The new Drink Drive limits in Scotland come onto force on the 5th I believe. This is a good thing, well almost a good thing, Firstly, the limit is now so low that it may catch people who have not actually been drinking. Secondly, should they not have gone for a no limit (see first point) and does that mean the Polis will stop breathalysing anyone stopped for any reason in a car?

Interestingly, it seems that the makers of Harris Tweed have recently produced a tweed jacket, which has an aroma of whisky. You can just see it now. Old guy gets pulled over and winds his window down. Polis stick their head in his window and get a wiff of whisky. Polis ask man to get out of the car as they suspect he has been drinking alcohol. Old man says he has not been drinking and it’s his jackets fault…


Tags: , , , , ,

Save a prayer…

Religion is a tricky one is it not? You choose a religion or you have it chosen for you and then you have to get on with it. Some religions are more difficult than others. They need more time given to them, they all seem to need money to be provided to them although some of them are the richest organisations in the world.

Of course you can also choose not have any religion at all. It’s not compulsory yet.

Years ago one of my workmates went to Nepal and brought back some really great photographs. One featured a number of lines of prayer flags. Lines of them all blowing in the wind. The deal was that the prayer flags were blown by the wind and the sentiments written on them were carried away with the wind to land somewhere and do some good.

I kind of also think that it’s actually a very shrewd move on the part of those writing the prayers. It’s like write once read many. Instead of having to go to church/monastery/chapel/cathedral and say prayers, which is time consuming etc. you just write it on a flag and every time the wind blows the flag flaps and your prayer is said in effect. The beauty of this system is that you can be getting on with your life and save huge amounts of time going to say prayers etc.

A fabulous efficiency.

Think of the productivity gained!

So if you’re driving through Edinburgh anytime soon and you spot a line of brightly coloured flags blowing in the wind from an upstairs window those’ll be mine.

Leave a comment

Posted by on January 7, 2014 in Charities, General


Tags: , , , , ,

Charity “Dons”

Stay with me for a few paragraphs would you please…

I quite enjoyed the original “Godfather” film. Probably the most memorable quote was “I’ll make him an offer he can’t refuse”. It was said a few times in the film and of course backed up by “additional incentives” to ensure the “offer” was acceptable to the recipient. I’m sure you’ll remember the horse’s head in the bed scene?

The Godfather was about the mafia. They had “business interests” which kept money coming in on a regular basis. If you had a factory, shop, bar etc. in their area of control then a couple of nice gentlemen would maybe visit you and suggest that you should consider providing a tribute in cash to the local “Don”. (No connection whatsoever to anyone from Aberdeen obviously). Declining to do so might result in an increase in accidents in your premises, a nice simple protection racket then.

In todays world we probably still have a modicum of that sort of thing but we don’t really believe it’s that bad. Nonetheless things are happening and to all intents and purposes they look a lot worse than anything that the godfather did.

Lets start with the Brent Spar, which was to be submerged in the ocean. An organisation thought that wasn’t a good idea and used all the muscle that they could muster to ensure it was disposed off as they saw fit. In the end the disposal was more polluting than the submerging but let’s not allow a great PR exercise get in the way of the facts.

Then we had the recent Starbucks saga. They weren’t paying their taxes apparently.  People should boycott the shops, don’t buy from Starbucks was the cry of the day.

The shops are franchises and most of the people who thought the boycotting was a good idea didn’t know what that meant. It would just be so much corporate bunkum and who cares anyway. Well the people who owned the franchises minded, they minded a great deal.

You see they paid their taxes and they paid the taxes of the people they employed, They also paid for the on going franchise and for the supplies they had to buy. Starbucks, the holding company, paid their taxes too. They just didn’t pay them in the UK. They did this because the EU ruled that companies could pay their corporation tax in any country in the EU.

Some EU countries immediately reduced their corporation tax to attract these large organisations, Starbucks being one of many. Ireland was one of the countries to reduce their corporation tax.

The coalition managed to create quite a furore to the extent that Starbucks had to do a deal to pay some tax in the UK. The UK made them an offer they couldn’t refuse you see.

There are other examples of this. An organisation is picked out and then a third party (Don) starts to complain about something they are doing which is normally fully legitimate. They then threaten to interrupt their business through bad publicity and stop people spending with the chosen business.

The business then tries to work out a deal. Perhaps they could provide funding for a project for the “Don”. Nothing wrong or illegal with that is there? Or maybe they should provide funds on a longer-term basis for other stuff? Cue lots of handshaking etc.

Did you notice the sudden upswing in charities advertising after Christmas?

Have you noticed the latest advert from one of these environmental charities. Apparently in their world polar bears are a threatened species. Canada doesn’t think so, based on their science and experience over decades, which doesn’t actually count at all however. Expect a turnaround from them soon on that one. Perhaps that nice chap Obama might ask them to help revisit their position?

The environmental charity advert shows a polar bear and a couple of cubs frolicking in the snow and ice flow. They are having fun but they are endangered. The ice is melting (no it’s not actually and even if it did it wouldn’t affect them).

Then along comes a special moment. The end part shows a can of Coke resplendent in its red and white corporate colours with some polar bears added to it. They aren’t there because Coke has suddenly started selling a version of Coke, which is polar bear, flavoured? Of course not.

They are helping the environmental charity protect the poor polar bears by providing cash to them from each can purchased. It’s a shame. Polar bear numbers have gone from a few thousand to over 20,000 and counting.

That sounds like the polar bears need a lot of support does it not?

Don’t worry. The “Don” is on the case.



Tags: , , , , ,

Where’s the payback Splashback?

The deal is that an under performing asset is to be sold off for £1.5 million pounds and significant overhead savings totalling another £4 million over the next twenty years in subsidies. This is written into Edinburgh Council operational plans with £1 million of the proceeds of the sale going towards the renovation of the Commonwealth Pool.

Yes I’m still banging on about Waterworld in Leith. The leisure pool has been closed for a year now and the Splashback group have had support to form an offer and build a realistic business plan. Last week saw this going to The Councillors who were evaluating the bid which has been dragging on for at least a year so far. The bid has made little progress although a business plan has been completed which doesn’t address any of the issues required to demonstrate that the group could successfully operate a challenging business.

Challenging. Yes. There’s a simple way of evaluating the success of any business. Does it make a profit? Not a huge profit just enough to build a rainy day fall back fund, continue to invest in the plant and machinery which needs to be maintained and replaced and use some of the profit to further support the growth of the business. Simple.

Except it isn’t. It’s even harder when you are planning to operate a leisure pool. Why? Well how many private facilities which are not subsidised, such as Waterworld, have you seen on your travels? Well none, none that are privately owned. There may be smaller facilities, which are a bit similar, but none of the scale of Waterworld. Why? Very simple. It is almost impossible to operate such a facility and get customers to pay enough to break even never mind make a profit.

Gym and hotel pools? An amount of money is added to the membership fees or to the room rates to cover the cost of gyms and pools etc. If they don’t make money they are gone. Simple.

Council run gyms, sports facilities, athletic stadiums, pools etc. never make money. They are subsidised. All council tax payers subsidise these facilities and the people who use them.

I’m not going to discus the pros and cons of subsidising. I’m certain that Splashback will be seeking as many subsidies as they possibly can get. Where will these subsidies come from? Take a wild guess? From taxpayers. Either directly from government or via various part government funded charities.

You think I am misleading you? The Councillors decided at the meeting last week, against the advice if their officers, that Splashback should be given £100,000 and twelve months to fully develop their plan. If the plan is good they will be given £350,000 over three years to “help” run Waterworld. So that’s almost half a million pounds of taxpayers money.

But it doesn’t end there. Oh no. Remember the £1 million, which was earmarked to go towards the upgrade of the Commonwealth pool? Obviously that won’t be forthcoming. No problem though. The council will borrow a million to meet the shortfall. Now when I say that the council will borrow the money that’s not true. The Edinburgh taxpayers will be the ones borrowing the money and they will also pay all of the instalments including the interest.

The only question I have is WHY?

Leave a comment

Posted by on February 3, 2013 in Charities, Edinburgh, Politics


Tags: , , , ,

An Olympic legacy?

At the bottom of Leith Walk on the right hand side is Waterworld. It’s closed. It was one of those leisure pools that became popular of few years ago, you know the sort of place? They had flumes, various different sizes and depths of small pools, chutes and other sorts of things you might have expected to see on a beach holiday.

It’s closed because it was costing the Council £400K in subsidies each and every year due in no small part to the lack of paying customers who wanted to partake of it’s facilities such as they were. Councils never, ever seem to make money out of pools and sports facilities and to a degree that’s expected and understood.

However, when the venue isn’t sporting and can’t be put under the Olympic legacy banner, is hidden away and has never been much of a success it becomes harder to justify. Waterworld only opened two of three days a week apart from school holidays when it opened pretty much everyday.

Anyway, Edinburgh Council decided that it was time to close it. Their strategy was that the money saved and the money they might receive from any potential purchaser of the site which they estimated in total at some £1.5 Million would go towards the refurbishment of the Royal Commonwealth Pool. The budget for the refurbishment reflected this.

Waterworld was to be closed at an agreed date and people using it were aware of this. A few weeks before the closing date a group suddenly came forward to try to stop the closure. The group is made up of people who live locally and are involved in the arts and various community projects.

They petitioned the Council to delay the closure and the sale of the site. The Greens supported them, which I find to be rather odd. A swimming pool requires significant heating, as does the building in general, which means it will emit a lot of CO2. But still the Greens support it being kept open?

The new coalition of Labour and the SNP on the Council agreed to put back the sale date to allow the group, calling themselves Splashback, time to produce a bid to take the site over.

Today, the 20th Sept 2012 the council are meeting to make a decision on a further extension to the sale date. The bid from Splashback does not provide a bid of at least £1 million for the site. It does contain an offer of £1 for the site, which would be rented from the council and then a plan to extend the opening hours, develop more activities and to refurbish and reopen Waterworld. They would aim to reduce the deficit to around £240K per year by year three. They would also try to obtain grants from various public charities, the Lottery etc. etc. They would not be putting their own money in and would really only be managing the site.

The Council meantime have had GVA the property specialists assess the site and they have stated that it is not viable, additional costs of some £155K will be required to reopen it and most damaging of all the potential purchasers have withdrawn their bids because of the delays and alterations made to the bidding process.

In other words Splashback has stopped the site being sold. Splashback has been costing the Council a minimum of £2000 per week for the continuing security and minimum maintenance of Waterworld. If the Councillors agree to give Splashback another three months or so to find the money needed the cost to the Council taxpayers of Edinburgh will be over £100,000.

Tom Farmer has, at the last minute, jumped on the bandwagon and given his support to Splashback. But has he got his chequebook out? Will he finance it? Of course not. Why? Because it is not financially viable! He knows this.

I’ll report tomorrow in a brief post on the outcome.

The bid makes no sense. It will never work. The Council will need to find at least £1 Million plus £155,000 plus at least another £1 Million over the next three years to keep Waterworld open. That would be less any grants Splashback might be awarded although they will probably never manage to get enough people through the doors to meet their own figures.

This is democracy apparently but not as we know it Jim.


Tags: , , , ,

Help for Heroes (H4H).

Isn’t it about time that the scandal that is H4H is dealt with? What scandal you say? They do great work you say? I don’t disagree. They do.

The scandal is that they, and similar organisations, should have to exist at all. The government recruits people for the armed services, buys them guns and stuff and then sends them into a war. The people who signed up follow orders, take the money and go on active duty.

Whilst on active duty they are killed or injured. The government then brings them home patches them up a bit and then leaves them to get on as best as they can; hence the need for H4H. This is not just disgraceful it’s shows a degree of arrogance which is hard to understand.

The government having used these injured people have a continuing duty to them and their families, a duty of care. The government doesn’t do anything about this however. The government just recruits more people. The injured and bereaved just have to manage as best as they can. They took the Queens shilling after all.

If a member of the armed services is killed or injured the government should immediately support them and make sure that they can live the best life possible within the bounds of their injuries or grief for the rest of their lives. That’s fair. That’s how armed service personnel should be treated is it not?

The wars fought recently aren’t the Napoleonic wars. Military tactics and weaponry have improved dramatically since then but the after care of injured armed service personnel has not improved to nearly the same extent. Sure the hospitals and medics are much better at saving and healing people but the after care is just  – out of sight out of mind – by the government.

Instead of supporting these charities we should be shouting very loudly indeed, for the government to take responsibility. We shouldn’t be donating money to charities to help injured armed service people. We already pay our taxes, which the government spend in part on big shiny guns, missiles and other such stuff, which they deploy in their wars.

The budget for fighting wars should include the cost of looking after the wounded properly and for as long as it takes. Maybe the budget would need to be so big they wouldn’t be able to afford to go to war.

Good deal for us all then!

Leave a comment

Posted by on August 22, 2012 in Charities, Justice, Politics


Tags: , , , ,

School meals, a girl and a camera.

The case, a few weeks ago, of the school girl who was banned from putting photographs of her school lunch up on the web along with a critique of each days offering showed how ridiculous Councils have become. Okay they climbed down following their attempt to “ban” her from doing so, but why and under which regulation would they have enforced the ban? They would have done it to “protect” the staff who prepared and served the food. If that hadn’t worked I’d imagine that they would have used either health and safety or the photography being inappropriate on the basis it MIGHT have shown other pupils etc.

Firstly, the meals are appalling. The portion size is ridiculous, the actual food looks plastic for the most part, there’s the enforced glass of water for rehydration of the brain nonsense and if course it’s all nutritionally balanced, but according to whom? The lack of quality in the food is fairly easy to prove, just take a look at the examples of school dinners kids have sent from around the world to her blog. The food is much more “real”, the portion size is bigger and definitely looks tastier and inviting. The staff preparing the food are not to blame it’s down to the budget they are given.

It’s such a tragedy that Jamie Oliver has become involved in this too. His previous attempts to encourage his views on school food haven’t exactly been a roaring success. Apart from him living in a very elite bubble, having strong feelings about the quality of ingredients and then ranting on about nutrition, he himself cooks food, which is high in sugar and fat content in his restaurants. If he’s serious about improving the quality of food available in schools the solution is extremely simple. Never mind the content as much as making sure that the money used for the ingredients, preparation and cooking is of a high enough level too ensure the resulting meal is good. Just like he does in his restaurant.

The food on display at the school has been prepared to a price which is obviously too low. Nutrition is not the prerogative of a school or a council education department. It’s for the parents to decide. The state has no part to play. The lefties with their over strident shrieking about obesity is, as tediously usual, based in politics rather than reality. They know best. Parents know nothing, unless they are lefties too.

A few years ago food was simple. Breakfast was toast, porridge or cereal, lunch was significant sandwiches and dinner was a cooked meal of two courses. It was like that for a reason. Most people worked physically so they needed a diet, which provided them with the calories they required to sustain them through a working day. Work patterns and content have changed dramatically with work becoming a sitting exercise for most of us.

The salt, various types of fat and sugar scares are just that, scares. Our bodies regulate our salt levels; what isn’t required is got rid of by our bodies. We have to have fat in our diet although not too much and we have a liking of sugar. Bear in mind that fruit has lots of sugar for example so no chocolate but plenty of fruit still gives you lots of sugar.

A balanced diet is the best way forward by far. Balanced as in varied and not dependent on either too much of some things or too little of others. Traditional diets contain a mixture of fruit and veg along with red meat, fish and poultry. Almost all of it cooked from scratch. The traditional cooking of our youth worked pretty well did it not? We managed fine and continue to do so.

There was obesity around in the 60s and 70s it’s not a recent development although, at times in the media, you would think that it is. The amount and variation of sugary foods and sweets seems wider these days but we managed just fine with choice we had. I’ve already owned up to spending my dinner money on pints of milk, mars bars and white chocolate drops during my final years at high school. Mind you when you bought crisps around that time some brands provided wee bags of salt in the bag which you could sprinkle on the crisps or not.

Balanced diet! Just like your granny told you. You can’t go wrong.

Leave a comment

Posted by on July 17, 2012 in Charities, Education, Health


Tags: , , , ,

Perpetual motion and the BBCs like of veal calves.

I kind of like these ideas people have for perpetual motion devices. Kind of like cold fusion, you get more out of it than you put in, like bank savings accounts that you used to get more out of than you put in and those duff energy saving bulbs which more power goes into than the amount of light that comes out and no heat either.

Now environmentalists are really good at getting more out of things than they put in. We have various recycling things going on in Edinburgh one of which is garden rubbish. Basically we fill our brown bin with grass and plant cuttings and the Council empties the bin once a fortnight, probably it’s the same in your area. At this point I should say that you mustn’t overfill your brown bin or you get a wee yellow slip stuck on your bin, which lectures you about the error of your ways.

The garden stuff is then taken to a depot and they mush it up and leave it to become compost. Then after a while it’s gone all mushy and they bag and sell it back to people in Edinburgh. Perpetual motion! The council puts virtually no effort in, takes the raw materials from council taxpayers free of charge and then sells it back to them for a price. Just like that. They don’t weigh your bin and then stuff a few quid through your letterbox as payment for the garden stuff. The same could be said for all the other stuff, which is recycled. The council takes it for free, sells it and keeps the money.

Now that sounds like a bit underhand. The council is supposed to be there to serve us rather than help themselves to the contents of our wallets. I think councils could show the Godfather a thing or two although it’s only business.

Another fabulous and much copied example of perpetual motion came to light recently and was covered by the BBC, well, by the new chap who has taken over, from John Craven, the mantle of mouthpiece for the continuing threat that climate change and global warming have on the virtual reality version of the world that the BBC inhabits.

The scandal that the BBC had unearthed was that lots of male calves were being shot at birth because there was no market for them. Their mothers were bred for milk and the breed wasn’t suitable as good beef cattle. When I heard this I was surprised to a degree because farmers are experts in getting as much out of anything which is possible and then some.

Further investigation found that these calves were previously used for veal production. And here we have our green perpetual motion in full swing. Basically a few years ago veal was looked on as being very bad because poor male calves were stuck in very small wooden crates and fed on a diet of milk. The greenies didn’t like this at all so they campaigned to get it stopped and lo it was. Then of course the calves had lost their only remaining purpose so they were shot at birth instead.

Then along came the BBC who unearthed the scandal of the shooting of thousands of calves every year. Game set and match, perpetual motion in place and working perfectly. Rear them as veal calves but do it in a nice way.

I’ve also previously mentioned an issue, which arose when one of my friends was planning to have a new office built.  There was an area of “wetland” within the plot of land. The council would only provide planning permission if the wetland was moved because there were species living in/on it.

A bit of checking by a surveyor found that the wetland was manmade. A large mains water pipe ran underneath it, which was leaking, which the water board knew about but hadn’t fixed. The council said that didn’t make any difference. Perpetual motion established. The wetland was accidental but it’s existence kept council people busy.

The cost to move the wetland? £100-200K. No office was built and the jobs that would have been created in the council area went to one next door. What would have happened if the water pipe had been decommissioned? The water would have evaporated, no wetland anymore.

Now I’m not sure if this is a greenie post or a council post. It’s a perpetual motion post! Want another? Look at how NGO’s lobby the government who give them money to lobby the government more.

It’s an epidemic of very expensive perpetual motion.


Tags: , , , ,

It’s an ill wind…

There have been quite a few false dawns over the past few years. The momentum is certainly building up and the number of negatives and reversals have been mounting.

What am I talking about? Climate change or global warming!

Let me get one thing straight. I am not anti-green or anti-environmental. There is a need to maintain our environment and obviously a place for people who wish to follow green principles. However, I am against green, environmental issues, which put their cause before those of human need.

In an ideal world we would have cheap energy, which didn’t have a by-product needing, regulated disposal. Energy needs to be cheap because people need to heat their homes effectively. Current “sustainable” energy is ridiculously expensive and increases energy costs for everyone resulting in people not being able to afford top heat their homes effectively.

The Treasury is planning to reduce the subsidies on on-shore renewable energy by 25%, at last the start of fairness being applied to the energy markets. It would be better if the treasury also reduced the duty on fuel, but that might take a lot longer and need much more aggressive budget cutting in central government.

The greenies are whining. The drop in profits for the investors in sustainable energy will greatly reduce their commitment to it. Of course this is also helped by the increased rejection of wind farms being built. Local people are beginning to stop wind farms going ahead which will again reduce costs for the government since they won’t be paying out as much in subsidies. Spain and Germany are going down a similar route and Germany has to address the ridiculous fallacy that they can move away from nuclear power and introduce sustainable energy to replace it. They’ve been buying nuclear derived electricity from France and other neighbouring countries to keep the lights on, possibly a bit cynical perhaps?

The continuing slow drip of the end of the global warming scam is speeding up. It’s such a pity that so many people have made so much money out of it. The taxpayer of course hasn’t, they’ve just paid the bills.

The environmental scam goes much wider than sustainability and energy. If you haven’t read this, then please do. The WWF is shown to be involved in things which it just shouldn’t be under any circumstances. Oh maybe not in Europe or the USA or anywhere they might get noticed. No, they are doing it in third world countries, developing countries, the countries that can least afford it with indigenous people who are supposed to be benefiting through the support provided by WWF but which in fact may fall a long way short.

The reduction in power and privilege of NGOs who are failing their clients and the membership is long overdue. Their grasping of the Global warming scam, which they used so vigorously and to such profit, may prove to be their downfall.

They knew the truth of it but still carried on, alarmist to the end, which is getting ever closer.



Tags: , , , , , ,

Population explosion

The Malthusians amongst you will agree with the fact that the worlds population has grown significantly resulting in you thinking that the population size is now too big for the planet to cope with. I do not stand within your number. I have differing opinions.

The world is a big place although our technology can make it seem smaller at times. The population has reached 7 billion, which is a lot by anyone’s standards, but like all things it is relative. In this case it’s relative to the size of the planet and the resources available to feed, house and support the population. On the face of it there are people who suggest that the population is already too great, our Malthusians fellows.

To clarify a wee bit about Malthusians you might to have a quick look here. You may be already aware of one of the more high profile organisations Populations Matters (PM) (previously know as The Optimum Population Trust), it doesn’t sound so bad does it? The PM has some high profile supporters such as David Attenborough that nice man who hugs gorillas, talks in a nice soft voice and was involved in a sleight of hand incident with a polar bear. The Duke of Edinburgh, President Emeritus of WWF, also believes that the world population has grown too large. Another name for you is Paul Ehrlich described by the Guardian as “the world’s most renowned population analyst, It’s strange that anyone at all listens to him as he has been predicting doom in the shape of mass human deaths due to food shortages for 40 years. In fact this gentleman should surely be a recipient of a Nobel Prize for getting so many predictions wrong!

To put things into perspective all of the current world population could be contained within the State of Texas. Okay the density of people would be similar to New York but not as dense as in some other parts of the world. Texas is a fairly big place but in terms of the world it’s not that big and I think this points to an issue about how space, land and resources are owned, controlled and used. Could it be the rich have a huge amount of space to live in which might get pressured if population growth continues?

As far as resources are concerned food production is higher than it’s ever been although it could be better still if we stopped using fertile ground for growing bio-fuels, soya and such like. We have the technology and the skills to continue to grow more from less without indulging in any unpalatable practices (Solyent Green anyone?).

The is another way of thinking about this.

All the evidence we have of increasing population sizes within established countries point to the fact that prosperity reduces populations. It does so because people have more choices, one of which being how many children will they have and the answer is always less than before prosperity. There are good reasons for people to have more children when they live in poverty –

  • high birth mortality rates;
  • high child mortality rates up to, and beyond 5 years of age,;
  • having more children so there is someone to look after the parents in their old age;
  • having more children who will get jobs and bring money into the home;
  • having children to sell them.

No matter how you view this it s a disgrace when there is so much wealth in the world.

The biggest issue of course, following a decision to reduce the world population by at least half, is how would it be done? I’d assume that those of a Malthusian persuasion would be first in the queue. Okay I jest they’d be the last not the first. So how would it be done? Crims first? Oldies next? People with health issues, then bankers, and so on and so forth? Does this sound familiar?

Of course there would also be a need to maintain the population at or just below the decreed size. How would that be managed? Replace someone who dies with a new baby? What happens if someone gets carried away and has twins when they don’t have permission?

The whole thing is ridiculous, as ever there is only one solution although in two parts. Firstly make the whole world prosperous, be honest it’s ridiculously overdue, criminally actually and secondly rely on mans ingenuity to progressively find solutions to food needs whilst also planning a future which would include more then one planet.




Tags: , , , ,