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Maybe there’s no solution …

Through a combination of prolonged sessions on my computer, watching too much television and a touch of insomnia, in the last 24 hours I have been subject to a deluge of information and discussion about the heavy weather afflicting the UK and its ongoing effects. Most recently, by accident, having [...]

February 14, 2014 // 0 Comments

A gap in understanding

My offering today will no doubt offend some of my ‘sister’ post-feminist scribes, but it addresses one of the dilemmas for modern women – the gap between what the vanguard of equality-strivers demand, largely for themselves, and the true concerns and instincts of the majority. Before anyone [...]

February 13, 2014 // 0 Comments

“Events, dear boy, events …”

This might be deemed an unacceptable reaction in polite or rational circles, but I’m rather enjoying Britain’s flooding crisis as it unfolds day by day. On a friend’s recommendation, last night I watched a ‘catch-up TV’ version of the first episode of Channel Four’s new comedy-drama [...]

February 11, 2014 // 0 Comments

Postscript to a seaside holiday

With my daughter joining her husband upon a business trip on July 2012, it felt to my wife Beth and I (as grandparents) to step into the breach – as it were – and look after the grandchildren for a two week period. Having previously done a sea cruise and trips to Wales and Cornwall in the [...]

February 8, 2014 // 0 Comments

Go if you wish to – but don’t come back

Just seven months hence, on 18th September this year, the referendum on Scottish independence will take place. There are huge historical, political, economic and social aspects involved and none of them will feature in this short piece, despite the fact that – it seems to me – few people are [...]

February 8, 2014 // 0 Comments

The need for perspective

Maybe I’m going ga-ga in my old age, but some of the news items currently occupying the media are increasingly causing me angst, frustration and irritation. Take the issue of what can be described as the British happy-clappy, politically-correct, ‘compensation culture’, for example. This week [...]

February 7, 2014 // 0 Comments

Be careful what you wish for

I’m sure that in the right situation – perhaps a private dinner party with friends – Deputy Labour leader Harriet Harman is a warm, funny, charismatic lady. However, in public, she increasingly comes across to this observer as an over-serious, prim, hectoring, one-track mind promoter of [...]

February 6, 2014 // 0 Comments

The EU dilemma

In terms of assessing the evidence and expert opinion, I am neither intelligent or nor perceptive enough to know whether – in practice – Britain would be better off in or out of the EU. They say that, as a rough guide, there as many different economic theories in the world as there are [...]

February 4, 2014 // 0 Comments

It’s all over now

There seems to be a constant discussion ongoing about the state of the British high street. The celebrity expert Mary Portas produced a report for the Government a while back on how to improve the situation that was subsequently supported and attacked in roughly equal measure. There are tales, and [...]

January 30, 2014 // 0 Comments

Meeting the people (only if you have to)

There are few more satisfying and enjoyable sights that watching politicians being discomforted by confrontations with ordinary members of the public, the very people that in a democracy – oh so inconveniently – they need votes from in order to reach and retain their positions of power and [...]

January 28, 2014 // 0 Comments

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