In the unlikely event that you've fallen for the absurd myth "US healthcare is really expensive because they pay for the rest of the world's drug development"... Total global pharma R&D spending was US$53bn for 2004 (it won't have order-of-magnitude changed since then). US healthcare spending was US$2.4 trillion for 2007. So even if you … Continue reading That ‘Americans pay for drug R&D’ point
Apologies for lack of posting, I've been struck down by something resembling the flu. I was lucky as it wasn't quite as full-on I WANT TO DIE as it's been described by some (although there were a few hours like that), but deeply unpleasant and not recommended nonetheless. Anway, I've not been blogging much during … Continue reading Punishment from the gods
It's like strangers having contempt for you, but on your phone!
I wrote this as a response to someone on B3ta, but realised it might be useful for a wider audience: First, get your debts cancelled, written off, paid, or otherwise disposed of. The Citizens Advice Bureau will explain this best. Don't pay anyone anything for advice - it won't be any better than the CAB's … Continue reading How to rebuild your credit rating
B3ta's Question of the Week is on banks and banking. Oddly enough, the consensus is 'against'. However, someone called 'Star Wars' has a rather nice post going against said consensus, which distills most (not all) complaints that people make about retail banks and penalty charges: I opened a bank account once in the full and … Continue reading How dare you provide me with goods and services
Says Railway Eye, a cynical and Tory-leaning transport blog: There is certain information that voters and taxpayers might reasonably expect a Government department to know. Or at least have a reasonable stab at. Such as just how risky NatEx's very aggressive bid for the East Coast franchise was; bearing in mind that the previous operator … Continue reading Rewriting history, recession edition