Elephants, chopsticks and the economy

Watching the Tory government over the past few weeks has been like watching an elephant try to pick up marbles with chopsticks. It would be quite funny except that we all now have to pay the price of their blunder with higher mortgage rates which are likely to last for years. Just three weeks of… Continue reading Elephants, chopsticks and the economy

Who will help you when the house is on fire?

There's a lot of misinformation spreading on social media about the Australian bushfires. One is that the Green party is to blame for preventing backburning and hazard reduction. This is false. You can read their policy on backburning here. The Australian Greens support hazard reduction burns and backburning to reduce the impact of bushfires when guided by the… Continue reading Who will help you when the house is on fire?

A NIN is not just for Christmas, it’s for life

Shortly after we arrived in the UK back in early October, I sent away for a National Insurance Number (NIN). I already have one as I worked here over 15 years ago but I couldn't remember what it was so I had to fill in a "I've lost my NIN form" and send it away. They… Continue reading A NIN is not just for Christmas, it’s for life