Luck Be a Tory Tonight

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Whatever part competence, judgement and vision play in a premiership, the factors of timing and luck should never be underestimated. Robert Walpole emerged from the chaos of the South Sea Bubble and sold himself as the only man capable of steering Britain out of economic turbulence; Churchill’s decade-long tirade against Nazi Germany bore fruit when […]

September 24, 2015

Class and the Common Girl.

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Reading one of Moor Larkin’s excellent posts the other night, an excerpt from the Pollard report caught my eye. I had seen it before, but in isolation; now I was reading it again in conjunction with the memory of an except from Jimmy Savile’s autobiography (I confess I neither own a copy nor have read […]

September 23, 2015

Mutter Angela and the Sorting Hat

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I read in my Sunday broadsheets that Angela Merkel is starting to get a bit of stick in Germany. For example “Mutter Angela” is featured on the front page of Der Spiegel in full Mother Theresa style. I also read – according to Eurostat, the statistic office of the EU – that of the asylum-seekers […]

September 22, 2015


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There is no part of a millionaire’s anatomy quite as delicate as his ego. Lord Ashcroft’s ego was severely dented when David Cameron failed to give him a prestigious job in his new government. Possibly related, ever so distantly, to his non-dom status, a financial syndrome only marginally less toxic than paedophilia these days. He […]

September 21, 2015

Spamalot & The Sunday Obituary

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Members of staff at the Raccoon Arms are not solely engaged in serving the customers, pulling pints, changing barrels, preventing patrons from buying too many packets of peanuts merely to see if the model on the board they’re pinned to is wearing a bra, breaking-up fights, spitting in the sawdust and ensuring ‘er upstairs has a […]

September 20, 2015

The Hunt for Red September

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Being a starving artist in a garret and all that, social outings aren’t so abundant; but I do make a point of venturing out to my local parade of shops each morning and if there’s one thing guaranteed to raise a smile when I’m not in the best of moods to face the world, it’s […]

September 19, 2015

Grace and Fervour

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September 1955, exactly sixty years ago – a momentous month for popular culture that drew a line in the sand, signalling the division between the old world and the new; in the case of the latter, it momentarily seemed it had been strangled at birth when Hollywood’s hottest property and poster-boy for the new juvenile […]

September 18, 2015

Too Much Too Young

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Allegations of sexual assault are on the increase in UK schools, apparently. A recent survey reported that 5,500 were reported to police over the last three years. However, beyond the headline-grabbing numbers, perhaps the whole story isn’t being told. Ally Fogg takes a look in this eye-opening article here. Whether accurate or exaggerated, these statistics don’t […]

September 17, 2015

*Exclusive* – Mandatory Reporting and Meirion Jones.

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Meirion Jones has long been an advocate of ‘Mandatory Reporting’ – a system of criminal sanctions for those who have care of children but have failed to report allegations of abuse made to them regarding those children. He frequently takes MPs to task if he thinks they are not doing sufficient to bring this law into […]

September 16, 2015

The Open Doors of Perception

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Here is a brief timeline of events. On Saturday morning I listened with great interest to the announcements of the results of the Labour leadership contest. I raised an eyebrow at the announcement of Mr. Corbyn’s win, and sipped on my coffee before continuing with whatever it was I was working on. I then listened […]

September 15, 2015