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Opinion: How to tackle over-population for the sake of our planet

Monday, 31st October 2011, is ‘7 billion Day’, the day chosen by the UN to represent symbolically the world’s human population reaching 7,000,000,000.

In 1800, the world’s population was approximately 1 billion. We ‘achieved’ 2 billion in 1927, 3 billion in 1960, by 1999 it had doubled to 6 billion, and it has taken 12 years to reach 7 billion. By the middle of the century the best estimates are that it will be around 10 billion. (You can find the UN’s figures here.)

Medical advances and public health measures have led to much lower infant mortality and much greater longevity. …

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Opinion: Freedom of speech should not be filled with wrong-speech

OK, so basically, I will confess to enjoy reading the Daily Mail because it’s full of hate, and hate can be fun to read. Third world (or however you may wish to call it) debt, access to clean water and human rights abuses etc, are all very noble issues, but, at the same time, can get rather boring. Once you’ve read about one genocide, you’ll soon discover they’re all really quite similar.

I got to reading a wonderful Saturday commentary page by a certain Amanda Platell (I understand that she also writes for the Guardian giving a ‘right wing perspective’ on Wednesdays, but I have yet to waste time on it) titled ‘This baby boom will make us all go bust’, referring to the recent publication of birth and death rates . She starts off her piece stating,

Soaring immigration – and a migrant baby boom – has sent Britain’s population rocketing over the 61 million mark. We are now the second most densely populated country in the world, something that will be all too apparent on the roads and trains this bank holiday weekend’.

Ignoring the flame-stoking use of language for the moment, the second sentence claim that Britain has filled up to the point that it is now the second most densely populated country in the world, apparently in an attempt to shock the average housewife sitting in her flower-embroidered sofa into believing she will imminently be accommodating this influx in her garden, is only outdone in its disgracefulness by its shear wrongness.

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  • User AvatarPhilip Thomas 29th Mar - 11:18am
    (Also known as, which of them would we reverse if we had the chance?)
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    @Simon did we support the other things Ruth mentions? Or were some of them only agreed to grudgingly?
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    @ruth - you are correct we did support abolishing the EMA - aka pocket money bribes for potential Labour voters. happy to say that we...
  • User AvatarDominic 29th Mar - 11:11am
    say what you like about the "Ginger Rodent" but he's certainly got a sense of humour and doesn't take himself too seriously :)
  • User AvatarPhilip Thomas 29th Mar - 11:03am
    @jedibeeftrix: It is sinister because it feeds the fears of that core demographic rather than soothing them.
  • User AvatarPhilip Thomas 29th Mar - 10:58am
    At last someone has the courage to attack the Tories
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