I tell myself I write this blog solely for my own amusement and without any expectation it will be read. But that’s clearly not true. One way I know is that I spend time looking at the statistics bit of WordPress to see if anyone is actually reading, and am delighted when it becomes clear quite a few people (and an awful lot of spambots) actually are. So if you are one of those people, thank you for making my hobby worthwhile.
As a way of saying cheers, here’s a roundup of the posts you seemed most interested in reading:
“If you had a good pair of work boots you could kick it in the head and it wouldn’t be frightening”.”
“….far from there being a visual/auditory/kinesthetic divide, it’s actually the case that we absorb information better if it’s presented to us in ways that engage multiple senses rather than leaning on our preferred one.”
“….the reason that the British electorate keeps electing broadly centre-right governments is that it is itself broadly centre-right. The Labour Party either needs a plan to change that fact or to win in spite of it. Wishing it away is not a sustainable strategy.”
“….the reason that the Greens have not let the people who vote for them down…is that, outside Brighton, they’ve not had the chance yet. I strongly doubt that given power at a national level they would be able to deliver their pledge to bring down the deficit without cutting public spending. It would require them to raise vast amounts of extra tax revenue while doing a lot of things that would probably reduce the size of the economy from which they are trying to extract that revenue. In short, we should treat claims by Green politicians that they would end austerity with the same scepticism we would any other political claim.”
“The Soviets had three times as many soldiers as the Finns, thirty times as many aircraft, and a hundred times as many tanks. Yet the Red Army was weakened by Stalin’s purges that had killed most of its officers. In addition, many of its soldiers came from warmer climates and were not used to the kind of brutally cold weather they would face in Finland. Nor did the Soviets have enough cold weather equipment. As a result despite their numerical advantage the Soviets made slow progress against the Finnish forces and wracked up casualties as they did it. By the wars conclusion the Red Army had lost 300,000 men – more than 4 times the Finnish losses.”