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NO DEAL BREXIT. THE BENEFITS OF A STIMULATING EXPERIENCE.

August 20, 2019

The news has recently been concerned with the expected consequences of leaving the EU without any deal. Just how much disaster awaits us? A report was published over the week end (leaked, of course) which was full of gloom. It was dismissed by the government as out-of-date and failing to include the latest planning. Boris […]

MORE RAGE (ref Dylan Thomas poem)

August 7, 2019

It is great fun to realise that, in venting my octogenarian spleen against the things I hate, I am following the advice of the poet who  wrote “Rage, Rage against the dying of the light”. (Advice to old men.) How I loathe the concept of “marketing”. It is all about presenting the thing to be […]

‘RAGE , RAGE AGAINST THE DYING OF THE LIGHT’.

August 6, 2019

Dylan Thomas offers two alternatives responses to growing old. One can “Go gentle into that Goodnight’ or one can RAGE. Perhaps ones attitude changes as the end of the road gets, nearer, but right now I am all for raging. Rage against what? range against who? My present target is the appalling rate of change […]

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 […]

AFTER IN/OUT – THE PSYCHOLOGY

May 23, 2016

In the debate about our referendum too little thought has been given to how we will react after the choice is made. An OUT decision will present big challenges and there will be an obvious need to make positive and effective changes. That will be stimulating and unifying  We have stood on our own before […]

MODERN BRITAIN ON TV

January 3, 2015

I have been watching the series by Andrew Marr called “The Making of Modern Britain”. It covers the lifetimes of my parents and myself. It is very interesting to see how individuals are generally unaware of the forces influencing their society. If Andrew Marr is right, then the 50’s and 60’s were shaped by people […]

UNDERSTANDING OTHERS

November 28, 2014

It amazes me that we see so little in the media about the motivation of those we disagree with. Topical instances are Russian Aggression under Putin and young British Muslims going off to enlist as terrorists. One can argue that understanding them is irrelevant because we are going to oppose them anyway, but it may […]

WHY IS UK A FAVOURED DESTINATION?

November 10, 2014

Cameron is in trouble over the immigration issue. We don’t want to be flooded, but the EU regards freedom of movement as a fundamental principle. A question not sufficiently debated is whether our influx is greater than that experienced by other EU states. They don’t seem to be complaining. Is it because fewer people want […]

MAY 22nd 2014

May 30, 2014

  My last post but one considered whether I should or should not vote for UKIP in the election for the European Parliament on May 22nd. That date has come and gone, and I did vote for UKIP. So did a great many other people in the UK. Many others in other European countries took […]

SHALL I VOTE FOR UKIP ON MAY 22nd?

April 30, 2014

I live in a part of the country which is unlikely to elect a Westminster MP other than a conservative. So my influence on a UK election will only ever be zero. But in the European election the size of the vote for a minority party like UKIP is of interest to the major ones. […]