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An Octogenarian in the modern world

Archive for July 2016

TERRORIST ATTACKS

July 28, 2016

The murder of an elderly Roman Catholic priest is about as low as you can get. It suggests that nobody, anywhere is totally safe. I wonder if things would be a bit different if we accepted terrorism as an unfortunate fact of life similar to traffic accidents and floods and bush fires. The terrorists are […]

IT IS NOT NEW

July 17, 2016

A recent news item from the USA has the headline “Why aren’t we more excited about Clinton?” Shorn of the polite language (“she is not new”) the basic message is that she is boring. That is a harsh judgement on a serious politician who doubtless wants to improve society. If her ideas are likely to […]

A CLEVER PLOT?

July 12, 2016

The majority of ministers in the Cameron government wanted Britain to stay in the EU. They lost, and their Prime Minister resigned. But, just three weeks later, they have a new Prime Minister who was also on their side.They are in a far better position than seemed likely when they woke up on that Friday […]

FROM BLAIR TO BREXIT

July 7, 2016

How are these linked, apart from history? Could it be that the installation of Blair as labour leader ushered in an era of truth-bending in which distrust of government grew and grew and grew? And so this year, when government made a massive effort to persuade the nation that ‘Nanny knows best’ the response was […]

BEST NEGOTIATOR?

July 3, 2016

The UK press today is full of the contest to become leader of the Tory party and (presumably) the next Prime Minister. The winner will have to decide when to trigger Article 50. (With the extreme possibility of a second referendum and reversing the OUT verdict.) Before that action the PM will need a clear […]