Quote of the week

This weeks collection of articles try to foreshadow the future in 2040. From parenting to immigration the issues we face now and the potential outcomes of the future.

The fault, dear Brutus, is not in our stars, But in ourselves – Julius Caesar – William Shakespeare


Born poor? Bad luck, you have won last prize in the lottery of life

Yet it is this bad capitalism – and the socially immobile society that accompanies it – that has brought the British economy to its knees. A regular visitor to No 10 tells me wryly that the reason the government has lost the competence gene is that almost everyone he meets is an ex-public school boy like him.

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Source : The Guardian

This Is What Success Looks Like?

The message is that “important” women don’t take maternity leave, and it makes the rest of us feeling guilty when we do…or worse, perhaps – it makes us feel unimportant by comparison. It tells us that leave (we fought for this, remember?) is not a necessity.

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Source : Tech Crunch

Sir David Attenborough: ‘This awful summer? We’ve only ourselves to blame…’

The fact is, if we don’t do something, nature will. “Quite simply, we will run out of food. People talk about doom-laden scenarios happening in the future: they are happening in Africa now. You can see it perfectly clearly. Periodic famines are due to too many people living on land that can’t sustain them.”

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Source : The Independent 

Bring in migrants to cut billions from deficit, says Osborne’s watchdog

It also showed that if annual immigration were to remain at present levels of 260,000 the economy would grow more quickly. The OBR said that higher immigration would raise the annual growth rate over the next five decades from 2.4 per cent to 2.7 per cent. Under these circumstances the size of the fiscal consolidation needed to bring down the public debt to 40 per cent of GDP would be three times smaller, at just £4.6bn.

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Source : The independent