Taken at face value, David Cameron’s warning this week about risks in the global economy sounds like it might be wonderfully prescient. Here’s the country’s economic chauffeur, carefully checking his instrument gauges, and sure enough, sees the same signs today that should have given us warning of the crisis of 2007-08. Time to apply the brakes.
The British public is obsessed with immigration. The notion of Johnny Foreigner coming over here, taking British jobs and straining public services is now rampant in UK politics. Regardless of what statistics and evidence say, the myth of Britain being ‘swamped’ by immigrants is proving incredibly resilient. But what about the Britons who emigrate abroad and make use of the public services in their adopted nations? How many of them are there?
Tomorrow sees the release of The Imitation Game, a film chronicling the work of mathematician Alan Turing (played by Benedict Cumberbatch, both pictured), who led efforts to unravel the German Enigma code - a development that helped the Allies win the Second World War. Turing employed several technologies and techniques in his work, including Banburismus, a process he invented which used sequential conditional probability to infer information about the likely settings of the Enigma machine.
It has become something of a cliché to remark upon the ever earlier arrival of the Christmas season. Given its popularity you would expect an early arrival to be a source of satisfaction, but this is rarely the case. In reality we seek to delay the festive season until a time we deem suitable - which seems to be much later than the retailers decide. The beginning of the holiday season ends up being greeted with a resounding ‘already?’ As we struggle to fathom how anyone could possibly feel festive at such an early time in the year.
This year’s Ebola epidemic is one of the largest the world has ever seen, affecting mostly countries clustered in West Africa. Media attention rightly centred at first on the afflicted African nations, before turning towards how it might threaten us in the West. For all the domestic panic, in the United States there has been one associated death in Texas and three additional cases, but none with an associated death.