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Do You Cry Easily? You May Be a ‘Highly Sensitive Person’

Interesting article about 'Sensitives'; a trait possessed by 1 in 5  of the population.…

VOLUNTARY CONTROLLED ASSISTED DYING

Changing the law on assisted suicide is an issue of conscience, an issue for Parliament not for the courts, says The Court of Appeal (1 &  2). Parliament's challenge is to legislate for those with persistent, unbearable, painful physical conditions whilst respecting the rights of, and…

'Right to die' will be debated at Westminster

Labour MP Rob Marris launches fresh 'right to die' bill. I am glad this topic is going to be aired at Westminster. Vulnerable adults must be protected. The rights of those in the medical profession who do not wish to be party to ending another's life should be respected. Those with extremely serious…

Another promise from a party leader

'Guarantee respite for carers'. The detail promises some carers a personal budget, equivalent to the cost of one week in a care home, redeemable with a local service of their choice. These hard working, unpaid carers save the nation an estimated £87 billion a year. No they save their relatives or…

What is the biggest threat to humanity?

Probably not what you think, but soil erosion and loss of its natural fertility. Humanity's survival depends of healthy soil. A 3,500 year old Sanskrit text mentions our dependence on soil. In 2014 The Farmers' Weekly reported there are only 100 harvests left in UK farm soils, according to research…

Cannabis research

is showing cannabis has important medical uses, and that street cannabis in 2015 is more potent and dangerous than in the 1960s.Cannabis: Promise, risk and controversy The Planet's Greenest Plant?…

up to 18% of global greenhouse gas emissions contributed by livestock production

"My very foodie, and previously highly carnivorous, eldest son returned from Berlin for Christmas and announced that he was becoming a vegetarian; "If I can't afford good meat, I would rather not eat it at all". ... Meanwhile, my gas guzzling old banger finally died and I took the plunge and bought…

The planet's greenest plant?

I've known about its therapeutic uses due to my interest in Ayurveda. It is reputed to relieve neurological conditions and have anti-cancer properties. And now there is a growing body of scientific evidence as well that it can alleviate many illnesses. But I did not know it could be used to produce…

Westminster is crumbling.

Repairing the fabric of the Houses of Parliament could cost £3bn. Yes, three billion. It is a Grade I listed building and forms part of the Westminster UNESCO World Heritage Site. Restoration work has to be done to stop The Palace of Westminster becoming a ruin and falling down around their…

Devolve identical powers to whole UK

and reform Westminster Village. Should identical powers be devolved from Westminster to Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland and regions of England and a new constitution drawn up for the United Kingdom. So the questions to be answered include: a) what powers are devolved and to whom, b) what are the…

Creating a new model of providing care

Let's be creative in linking those needing care with those who get satisfaction providing care. I'm suggesting combining aspects of two major problems faced by society today, care of the elderly and the economy. The economy is a big topic, so I'm going to be selective and pick one area which…