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Kevin Rafferty

Academics as 'worse off' as drug dealers: report

An academic working in Britain has just published a paper suggesting that, apart from the risk of being shot dead in a gang fight, junior teachers are just as economically vulnerable as drug dealers in the streets.

Tuesday, 10 December, 2013, 12:42pm 1 comment

Europe has only itself to blame

Capitalism in the West is not only deficient and diseased but is not working.

Kevin Rafferty

SCMP Business, July 25

26 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

No sign of a rescue from the entangling tentacles of 'too big to fail' banks

When I passed the examination to go to grammar school, my mother had great dreams for me - that I would one day become a bank manager and have status in the community, wear a suit and tie to work, and earn enough to buy a house, a car, a phone and television, all things that my family never owned.

19 May 2012 - 12:00am


Raising a stink over climate change sceptics

Tony Latter's article ('Cold water on the warming debate', July 25), made me think of 16th century London.

At that time, human effluent poured into the street.

30 Jul 2007 - 12:00am

The EU's treaty of idiocy

German Chancellor Angela Merkel, wearily - but clearly relieved - claimed after two sleepless nights of negotiations: 'We have achieved what we set out to do. This shows that Europe came together at the end.' She was celebrating agreement among the 27 member states of the European Union on a new draft treaty.

30 Jun 2007 - 12:00am

The curse of airport insecurity

It took exactly an hour to accomplish what had previously taken two to 10 minutes, as we shuffled slowly, centimetre by centimetre, through the longest queue I had seen in Japan. News cameras recorded the event, airline executives watched closely, but no one intervened to do anything to hasten the operation because it was a 'security matter'.

20 Mar 2007 - 12:00am

Where bureaucrats prefer to stick to the old ways

'Welcome to India's first fully computerised post office', say the signs at the Parliament Street head post office in New Delhi. Sure enough, there are clerks with their heads bent over computers in the back office; and computers are in reach of most of the counters dealing with such things as money orders, postal savings, provident fund, insurance and Speed Post.

7 Mar 2007 - 12:00am