Yes, right up until the first highly publicized crash, whereupon public opinion will sour and carriers will have to return to multiple pilot flights (regardless of the actual cause of the disaster). Labor savings are no good if people won't actually get in your planes. » 12/15/14 11:52am 12/15/14 11:52am

His Dad is a helicopter pilot for the East Anglian Air Ambulance, his Mum is a walking tourist attraction, his Uncle is a serving army officer, his Grandfather runs a successful business, and his Great-Gran and Great-Gramps are the glue that binds the nation together. They all pay tax; they're hardly benefit… » 12/14/14 1:34pm 12/14/14 1:34pm

In the UK? Not all that many I think; the NHS seems fairly leery of giving anyone opiates. I have chronic back and knee issues from my fencing days, and there have been weeks where any movement of those joints is agony. Four different GPs over six years have given me paracetamol and exercises, but nothing else; still… » 12/12/14 11:38am 12/12/14 11:38am

And 83% of murders in the white community are white on white. You are statistically most likely to be murdered by the people you know; the only thing these figures really indicate is the extent to which communities of different race are still segregated. » 11/27/14 1:15pm 11/27/14 1:15pm

OK, the belief in ghosts I understand; there are places in Britain that have been continuously inhabited since 43AD at least, we have spooky locales in spades, but aliens? It must be people confusing the lights in out stupidly busy airspace for UFOs, combined with some twits mucking up wheat fields in the West Country. » 11/05/14 7:06pm 11/05/14 7:06pm

Yes, Americans are overly positive, overly cheerful, sometimes to the point of disconnect from reality (and you so have to wonder if it's a shell, like our shell of mordant British stoicism, and what soft, vulnerable, thing lives within). But that isn't why we (humans) love the terminal man who runs marathons or the… » 10/25/14 3:26pm 10/25/14 3:26pm