With Bio-Waste Spreader: "There is of course considerable variation within the average figures but it would be true to say that the only thing keeping most English farms afloat is an average EU subsidy per farmer of about £25,000 a year. This dependence may be worryingly high, but it is hardly unique. All farmers in Europe (in both EU and non-EU states) depend heavily on “market price support” (guaranteed prices or import tariffs) or “budgetary transfers” (direct subsidies)...”
With M.D.: “In M.D.’s experience, CBT can help treat distressing anxiety and depression, and it can help people live with any chronic disease whatever the causes. But we should investigate pharmacological and nutritional treatments too. There are a significant number of CFS/ME patients who aren’t helped by current treatments. Genetic studies may reveal that CFS/ME is in fact multiple different disorders requiring different approaches...”
With Remote Controller: “Further evidence of the second-handedness of both shows is that, although it’s pure coincidence that they happen to have been screened in the UK in the same week, they contain a number of identical moments, which, even more worryingly, involve screen clichés…”
[review of Modus (BBC4) and Passenger (All 4)]
With Old Sparky: “Right on cue, at the end of November low-price supplier GB Energy went bust after just two years, saying: “Increases in energy prices over recent months and, as a small supplier, our inability to forward buy energy, means the position of the business has become untenable.” Inability to buy forward is bad enough; but regulators picking up the pieces for GBE’s 160,000 customers might like to investigate another possible factor in the company’s demise…”
With Piloti: “Then there is poor old Paisley in Scotland, that most interesting town full of fine buildings which desperately needs help and regeneration. Spoiling its superb Museum, Art Gallery & Library cannot be the answer…”
With Lunchtime O’Boulez: “It’s one thing to love music but another to have neighbours equally appreciative – as businessman-turned-arts philanthropist Sir Vernon Ellis has been finding out. For several years Ellis has allowed his home in Queens Gate Terrace to be used as an informal concert venue, generally for young performers wanting audience experience or for worthy causes needing space for fundraising events...”
With Slicker: “President-elect Donald Trump’s proposed commerce secretary – private equity veteran, distressed debt (aka “vulture fund”) specialist and fellow billionaire Wilbur Ross – has more than 600m good reasons to look kindly on a post-Brexit trade deal with the UK. The British taxpayer helped WL Ross & Co make a killing on Northern Rock in partnership with Richard Branson...”
Letter from New Delhi
From Our Own Correspondent: “It is too early to determine the efficacy of the move, but most analysts agree that it has been, as economist and former prime minister Manmohan Singh put it, “monumentally mismanaged”. Singh termed Modi’s initiative “organized loot and legalised plunder”. While some think demonetization may be good in the long run, Singh quoted John Maynard Keynes: in the long run we will all be dead...”
Next issue on sale: 20th December 2016.
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