Tim Worstall

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Tim Worstall is an Englishman who has failed at many things. Thus his turn to writing, the last refuge of many who could make a living no other way. He is, as an example of his business and financial perspicacity, the head of the international scandium oligopoly: the only commodity which has not risen in price in the past decade. Odd bits and pieces of his writing have been known to turn up in The Times, the book pages of the Daily Telegraph and the Philadelphia Inquirer, he’s been a long term contributor to TCS Daily and also blogs for The Business and the Adam Smith Institute.

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Feminism is dead: campaigners say equalising pension ages discriminates against women

We’re really well into Alice in Wonderland territory here as we find out that men and women having equal pensions ages is discrimination against women. Which is odd, because women … (read more)

Posted: 3rd, December 2018 | In: Key Posts, Money, News | Comment

Yellow jacket protest: French prove no one’s taking climate change seriously


That the French are revolting we all know, that they’re revolting in the streets against their own government is also an often enough occurrence. But there’s something important underlying these … (read more)

Posted: 2nd, December 2018 | In: Key Posts, News | Comment

Charlene White gets the Poppy Day row right

The usual mouth breathers have been having a go at Charlene White over her refusal to wear a poppy onscreen while reading the news. She’s made an entirely fair point … (read more)

Posted: 6th, November 2018 | In: Key Posts, News | Comment

Super Mario Segale is dead – long live Super Mario

‘Super’ Mario Segale in 1952


There aren’t that many of us who don’t know who Mario is. You know, the plumber in the video games for those … (read more)

Posted: 5th, November 2018 | In: Key Posts, News, Technology | Comment

This explains Donald Trump’s tweets

It’s fairly obvious that Donald Trump has lost the journalistic classes. Something that shouldn’t be all that much of a surprise, given that the journalistic class hating such things as … (read more)

Posted: 22nd, October 2018 | In: Key Posts, Politicians | Comment

The Peoples’ March was futile: 700,000 demand the impossible

There’s really only one explanation for the Peoples’ March today in London – an advertising of personal virtue. For absolutely nothing else will be achieved at all, that time and … (read more)

Posted: 21st, October 2018 | In: Key Posts, News, Politicians | Comment

There’s erotic, kinky then perversion – man has sex with a car exhaust

There’s an old joke about the difference between kinky and erotic – using the chicken or the feather. It is though possible to go beyond these shores and deeper into … (read more)

Posted: 15th, October 2018 | In: Strange But True | Comment

Your Facebook account hasn’t been cloned

There’s an old concept called chain mail. There’s nothing actually to it at all, it’s just that a letter contains the message “pass it on.” Thus it gets passed on … (read more)

Posted: 10th, October 2018 | In: Key Posts, News, Technology | Comment

Grenfell won’t work – the problem with banning combustible cladding

Grenfell Tower was a horror, a grotesquery. That doesn’t, though, mean that any and every plan to make sure something like that never happens again is going to work. This … (read more)

Posted: 2nd, October 2018 | In: News | Comment

Elon Musk got off lightly – Tesla is damaged

There will be, from the fan boys, screeches and wails of discrimination over this decision to fine Elon Musk. They’ll be right too, this is discrimination, wholly in favour of … (read more)

Posted: 1st, October 2018 | In: Key Posts, News, Technology | Comment

Ohio bar accepts food stamps for lap dances and drugs

This is a rather joyous affirmation of everything the right thinks is true about welfare more generally. That the amount people gain in welfare is vastly too high, that the … (read more)

Posted: 25th, September 2018 | In: Money, News, Strange But True | Comment

Look what the cat dragged In – a bag of cocaine and heroin

Cats can be useful creatures – clearing the barn of rats, the larder of mice perhaps. This over and above their providing companionship for ladies who don’t marry. But it’s … (read more)

Posted: 18th, September 2018 | In: News, Strange But True | Comment

Random chance: why a Brazilian town has a phenomenal number of twin births

The BBC wants us all to consider a real puzzler- why does one little town in Brazil have such a vast number of twins? The answer being, well, random chance … (read more)

Posted: 17th, September 2018 | In: News, Strange But True | Comment

Couple harvest dead son’s sperm to create grandchild

This will strike some as remarkably disgusting, even perverse. A couple lost their son in a car crash so they “harvested” his sperm in order to create a grandson for … (read more)

Posted: 11th, September 2018 | In: Key Posts, News, Technology | Comment

Donald Trump Doesn’t Understand Apple Already Manufactures In The US

Donald Trump is insisting that Apple should move its manufacturing over to the United States. The problem with this being that Donald Trump doesn’t seem to understand that Apple already … (read more)

Posted: 10th, September 2018 | In: Key Posts, News, Politicians, Technology | Comment

The Archbishop Of Canterbury is wrong: higher taxes don’t make people happier

There was a time when to become the Archbishop of Canterbury one had to be a decent, if not good, religious philosopher. This clearly isn’t the case today as Justin … (read more)

Posted: 8th, September 2018 | In: Money, News | Comment

Unisex changing rooms are dangerous- Chesterton’s Fence again

A new report shows that unisex changing rooms are dangerous. Or at least claims that they are. Which brings us to an important philosophical concept, Chesterton’s Fence. The point being … (read more)

Posted: 3rd, September 2018 | In: News | Comment

Plane ride to spread father’s ashes ends in tragedy


This is one of those stories that we really, no really, shouldn’t giggle about. And yet it’s also one of those stories that it is impossible not to giggle about, … (read more)

Posted: 27th, August 2018 | In: Strange But True | Comment

Pound Falls On Brexit Fears – The Solution Has Already Happened

It’s entirely possible to be concerned about Brexit, the costs and pains of leaving the European Union. I think anything is worth the joy of doing so but am aware … (read more)

Posted: 24th, August 2018 | In: Money, News, Politicians | Comment

Thank heavens we regulated Wonga into bankruptcy, right?

Or at least that we managed to regulate Wonga into near bankruptcy. For that’s what was done when we imposed limits upon the interest rates that they can charge. We … (read more)

Posted: 8th, August 2018 | In: Money, News | Comment

Giza’s Great Pyramid and those Electromagnetic Secrets

Yes, it’s officially here, silly season for the newspapers. The entire Northern world is off on their holibubs and there’s near nothing to write about. Therefore near nothing does get … (read more)

Posted: 1st, August 2018 | In: News, Strange But True | Comment

Nobody’s stockpiling blood because of Brexit

It’s certainly true that there could be problems flowing from Brexit. If we crash out without a deal then we can all imagine more than just the one cockup or … (read more)

Posted: 30th, July 2018 | In: News | Comment

Treason charges should apply to those excessively loyal to the European Union

Or so the claim is from David Campbell Bannerman, a Tory MEP, that those excessively loyal to the European Union should be charged with treason. Some of us Leave types … (read more)

Posted: 29th, July 2018 | In: News, Politicians | Comment

European Union fines Google €4.3 billion over Android

It sounds a bit odd that someone has to pay a fine to the European Union for giving something away but such are the twists and turns of antitrust law. … (read more)

Posted: 18th, July 2018 | In: Key Posts, News, Technology | Comment

The Aubergene Revolution – Cheltenham protests over lack of veg at Tescos

The normally staid – even respectable – town of Cheltenham is apparently in uproar over the lack of aubergines for sale in the town’s Tesco supermarket. To the point of, … (read more)

Posted: 17th, July 2018 | In: News, Strange But True, The Consumer | Comment