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ASI: Outdated MOT Laws

The MOT requires drivers of any vehicle older than 3 years to pay between £30 and £80 annually for vehicle safety inspections, generating over £250 million in yearly revenue for more than 20,000 garages throughout Britain. However, this industry has not been rigorously evaluated for over 20 years.

The idea of vehicle safety inspections is an outdated one stemming from widespread use of unsafe vehicles in the 1950s. Over the years, reforms have added burdens to drivers rather than removed them due to an unsubstantiated assumption that inspections increase safety.…

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Ask Agatha #16 – I Was Looking Up AA, The Alcoholics Group

Dear Aunt Agatha,

I found you by chance when I was looking up AA, the alcoholics group. It led me to Aunt Agatha instead. I hate to bother you because I’m actually in quite a good situation. When my European public service job ends next year, I have a guaranteed pension and retirement pot that will pay me about a million euros every year. This is only right, because I was Europe’s longest serving elected leader, and after 18 years, you expect a pretty golden parachute when you finally bail out.…

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Sunday Poll: Have You Ever Been Polled?

From the last few political events we know that polling has been’t exactly been an exact science. With the election of President Trump, Leave winning the UK/EU referendum and the Tory majority in 2015, were wondering how many of you have actually ever been polled, professionally?

Ps.…

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Ask Agatha #15 – I’m Paid £13,000 A Day.

Dear Aunt Agatha,

I’m bored. I really need another job to keep me interested, but since I already took up eight jobs since I left office, I fear that I’d be mocked if I did.  It’s not that I need the money.  When I was young I did what any go-getting ambitious person would do, and inherited £4m from my father’s trust.  I have gone on from there to the point where people say I’m greedy.

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Ask Agatha # 14 – I Tried to Follow in My Husband’s Footsteps

Dear Aunt Agatha,

Excuse me writing to you on my personal e-mail; I don’t want the Feds to see it when they rifle through my official stuff.  I want your advice on what I do next.  I married a philanderer, using him to set up my own political career.  The only thing we had in common was an uncanny ability to make money quickly though corrupt business deals. He thought he was good, but I put him to shame.

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This Summer’s Crop Failures And The Necessity Of Food Imports

As we’re all entirely aware there are those out there insisting that we as a nation should be self-sufficient in food production. There are even those idiots telling us that we must be individually, or by town, so self-sufficient. The claim being that there’s a danger in relying upon foreigners for what we must have to even merely survive.

Well, yes, except history is littered with the corpses of those who ate only local food and then didn’t as in one season or another there was no local food.…

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As We’ve Been Saying, We Cannot Afford The Welfare State We’ve Already Got

You’ll have noted that there’s a cry, a clamour, that we’ve got to raise taxes. Raise taxes on all sorts of people because government’s maw simply must have more cash. Well, OK, this may or may not be true. Around here we tend to think that there are quite a lot of things that government currently tries to do which it shouldn’t be trying – for the simple reason that while it tries it doesn’t manage to do – to do.…

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