David Cameron claims that pensioners will be worse off after Brexit. But when state pensions are unified throughout the EU, the amount is bound to be lower than at present in the UK (which is currently well above the EU average). Would it be too cynical to suggest that the prospect of losing an EU sinecure worth of perhaps £2m, including pension, could be affecting his judgement?
Can somebody please explain what are the reforms that David Cameron claims to have obtained from the EU? Have they been formally ratified? I have yet to see this in black and white. I am still undecided.
The Brexit campaign argues that the European project is there to serve the interests of the global corporations. In which case, why has France just raided the offices of Google and McDonald's in investigations over taxes?
Public sector pension protection
The news that the government is considering cutting the pensions of Tata steel workers by linking future pension increases to the CPI rather than the RPI seems to be creating a fusss. I do not remember a similar fuss when the Government did precisely that to public sector pensions in 2011.
SNP should stay out of Westminter business
That SNP cabinet minister, Fiona Hyslop, has spoken in Holyrood in support of Remain. Little surprise; she's obliged by the SNP constitution to say precisely what the party tells her to say.
What is unexpected is her job title: external affairs secretary. Assuming this isn't an oblique reference to her Westminster colleagues' private lives, we must imagine that Nicola Sturgeon has given her some kind of foreign policy remit.
Why? Holyrood's sole responsibility is domestic matters. Can't the SNP get on with what we pay them for rather than bigging themselves up to meddle in Westminster business?
No clearer on rising temperatures
Your news story, 'Burning all remaining fossil fuels would devastate the planet, study warns', contains a schoolboy error translating a 10°C rise into 50°F.
Yes, on a thermometer 10°C = 50°F, but the two scales have different zero points, so each centigrade degree equals 1.8 Fahrenheit degrees (the "5/9" bit of the famous "5/9 + 32" formula).
So a rise in temperature of 10°C only equals a rise of 18°F because, in converting an interval rather than an absolute, you don't add the 32.
Clear? Oh well, I tried.
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