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Archive for January 2012


January 26, 2012

A day or two ago a Bishop led a movement in the House of Lords to pass an amendment that would water down the government Welfare Reform bill. He wanted to protect non-workers with numerous children. Next thing, a past Archbishop publicly takes the other side – “We can’t go on with this absurd system”,  he […]


January 18, 2012

I read this 2003 book recently by accident. It spends about 450 pages explaining how awful British Foreign Policy has been since WWII in ex-colonies and in under-developed countries. Support for friendly dictators and brutal repression of any popular  movement that hoped to do ordinary people any good and to threaten greedy British commercial interests. That sort […]


January 11, 2012

We are hearing a lot about Scotland possible breaking from the union, and all the time Alex Salmond is prominent. It begins to look as if the project is driven by the obsession of one man. This makes me very suspicious. Nations have often sought independence because they felt they were being exploited or had […]


January 10, 2012

I am shocked – like everyone – by the current case in London. But I write books in which my heroine uses witchcraft to eliminate evil-doers and I note a few tweets recently saying “I don’t believe in it”. In what sense is it believable or otherwise? It is believable in the sense that some people […]


January 9, 2012

The UK news today includes some more banker-bashing. “Rewards without Performance” is the accusation. So we don’t much love the mega-rich. On the same day we have reports of how wonderful it is that British makers of luxury cars have full order-books from China and other faraway places.So there we have mega-rich people buying our […]