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An alphabetical review of 2011
A is for Arab Spring, Aiden Burley, Adele, Aflocalypse and Azerbaijan
The wind of change whirls around the Arab world in Tunisia, Egypt, Syria and LibyaContinue reading →
Over the past 20 years, the NHS has systematically â and I use that word deliberately â built itself into a closed shop for every variety of care.
It has done so I believe deliberately; forContinue reading →
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Doncha just love it?
Letâs see how good your memory is! âWar, disease, crime and banditry, distress of nations and perplexity will increase until â¦â
If you were a connoisseur of 1960â²s and 1970â²s Fleet Street newspapers, you will recogniseContinue reading →
I raise a glass to you all â and wish you the best possible Christmas.
It has been an extraordinary year, so many changes in the world â and a good few in my world.
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I was sent this newspaper link a few minutes ago by a reader who is oft times amused by my ability to see an alternative view of any issue. âGo on, spin this oneâ he said. IContinue reading →
It must be Christmas â guilt inducing adverts and press releases have increased dramatically.
In between Fedosi starving in the arms of her well fed Mother, (only Â£2 a month) and saving Ayesha from marrying atContinue reading →
For the last couple of days President Sarkozy has been looking slightly like a 1.65 metre man standing at the bottom of a 1.75 metre puddle having a rhetorical go at the old enemy, but blowing aContinue reading →
Ignore for the moment that the picture shows that Windows has failed to load on the computer driving the display.
Just think back a bit. Back behind the bus. In the brain of the driver of the car behind the bus.
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âPlanning laws should be changed radically to ensure that retail developments are built in town centres rather than on edge-of-town sites or in the countryside, Mary Portas has said.â
Thus spake the Queen ofContinue reading →
The Peelian principle states that âThe police are the public and the public are the policeâ
So when a member of the public is willing to stand up when something goes wrong rather than stayContinue reading →
As you settle down to listen to the news tonight over your plate of chicken nuggets smothered in Hellmanâs mayonnaise and baked for a mere 6 minutes, prepare yourself for the doom and gloom.
Not theContinue reading →
I make no apology for reposting an entry from 2009. I said at the time it was a classic Bear Trap â and so it has come to pass â The government that didnât have the spineContinue reading →
Half a brain half a brain,
Half a brain between us,
Hours in the Houses of Commons
Jawed the six hundred:
âForward, the Right Brigade!
Screw up the Hunsâ Cameron said:
Into the valley of Austerity
Talked the six hundred (and 49!)
âVeto! the Euro is slayed!â
The Lib-Dems have a remarkable propensity to swing both ways. Bleeding heart hand wringers over the dinner table â right wing reactionaries when they encounter real life.
The constituency office of Ian Swales received a swatheContinue reading →
Alone amongst the EU countries, Plucky Little Britain and its plucky little Prime Minister has walked away from the negotiating table, noisily demanding the right to be profligate with its national budget if it wishes.
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What now? This is a watershed moment. For some Lib Dems, it is close to breaking point. Business secretary Vince Cable spoke passionately in cabinet last Monday against making the small casino part of the City aContinue reading →
I would dearly love to write fiction â but how can one compete with the truth? The media continue to churn out (reasonably) factual stories that I could not dream up with the help of a gallonContinue reading →
Though a turbine to some may seem pleasing
When itâs blowing quite briskly or breezing,
In the winterâs deep chill
When the air is quite still
They need heaters to keep them from freezing.
IfContinue reading →
Remember all those stories of the âuselessâ wind turbines. Operating at less than 25% capacity. Â£283,000 a year subsidies for managing to operate at 30%?
Last night the near stationary fans in Scotland finally got enough wind.
I had deliberately stayed away from this story. Something about the age of the child and the nature of the injuries made me very cautious. It was fairly obvious from the early twitter comments that there wasContinue reading →
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The National Centre for Social Research today released the latest British Social Attitudes report, its annual study of how peopleâs lives are changing and their views on how Britain is run.
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Hah! Thatâs cheered me up. Hilarious.
They are going to send the âmorning after pillâ by post â over Christmas.
Theyâll be lucky if they get it by the end of January.
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âTories at Warâ, scream the headlines â naturally they are at war with each other, rather than the enemy at the door. The comments on Conservative Home this morning would be hilarious if the situation wasnât soContinue reading →