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Rant: Spare Capacity – a concept of the past?

M4 Motorway, nr Hinton, South Gloucestershire, UK

While driving home on the M4 a couple of weeks ago, I heard a story on the radio that the department of transport is extending use of the hard shoulder to more motorways up and down the UK, in an attempt to reduce congestion.

A week later the news reported that an increasing number of prisoners are now being released, earlier than expected in an effort to reduce overcrowding. An recently, the Ministry of Justice reported that the prison population in England and Wales has exceeded its highest normal level for the first time.

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US Primaries – Harmless or Dangerous?

Bush Inaugural Speech - Washington DC, USA

On my way into work this week, I was listening to an interview on Radio 4.

The interviewee was talking about the US primary candidate elections and was singing the praises of the US system for it’s ability to make politics “Exciting to the masses”. he even favoured the idea of a similar system in the UK, which he felt might re-engage people in the political process.


Last night I was sitting at home, watching an interesting political performance…

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