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The best of times, the worst of times
December 17, 2012

I finished the last newsletter, and following my whistle stop journey around the post war economic history of Britain, posed a question. This was to ask “what has all this done for the nation's wellbeing”

A question not to be answered lightly but which will keep me occupied for the next few weeks. But in the meantime, I want to share with you facts or more accurately, an interpretation of where we are right now that came across my desk in this last week (from the Spectator magazine).

Take the level of poverty in the world now. Apparently, as is their wont, the UN set a target in 1990 for the halving of the number of people in extreme poverty by 2015. Well that “target” was reached in 2008, though the UN kept quiet about it – probably because it seemed to have nothing much to do with them. It reflected the expansion in global capitalism. Here are a few more facts! Energy consumption is flattening out in the west and with shale oil fracking, it seems as if we are entering an age of energy plenty with falling prices. The global warmists will hate that, but for the rest of us, it is good news. And did you know that life expectancy in Africa has reached 55 while only ten years ago it was 50. And the last decade has seen the fewest number of deaths in war than at any time in the last one hundred years.

What is my point? That there is a lot to celebrate and the darkening clouds in the west, maybe contrast with a lightening up elsewhere.

best wishes

Andrew Richardson
Feelbetter Counselling East London

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