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A full day for once

One aspect of growing old is that you don’t have quite the energy stores of yesteryear. Yesterday I had a moderately busy time of it – something of a novelty in itself – the schedule for which involved going for a catch-up morning coffee with my daughter in a town just north of Oxford and [...]

October 24, 2014 // 0 Comments

Complicated issues

As a spin-off from my piece yesterday on the sentence given out to Oscar Pistorius in South Africa, today I venture into equally difficult and complex waters by taking as my subject the current media cause célèbre of the release from prison of convicted rapist Ched Evans and the row over whether [...]

October 23, 2014 // 0 Comments

It’s the context that counts

Yesterday in South Africa Paralympian Oscar Pistorius was finally given a five year custodial sentence for his conviction in respect of the culpable homicide of his then girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp on Valentines’ Day 2013. [I should declare a minor personal interest here in that I am a lawyer, [...]

October 22, 2014 // 0 Comments

Back for seconds

Following my piece published on the National Rust yesterday, please excuse me popping up so soon with another full of more cynicism about those who play the British politics game. I was prompted to do so partly because of an article by Robert Colville on the hypocrisy of Lib-Dem leader Nick Clegg [...]

October 21, 2014 // 0 Comments

The record’s stuck, I’m afraid

Any worthwhile study of how politics works should be grounded in an exercise in developing an understanding of the absurd and counter-intuitive. Listening to the radio, reading the newspapers and watching current affairs television programmes over the weekend, one was forcibly reminded of the fact. [...]

October 20, 2014 // 0 Comments

The political Laurel and Hardy effect

I watched the report upon yesterday’s Commons session on Scottish devolution, and especially its ramifications, on the BBC 6 o’ Clock News last night – the highlight of which was a speech by the revitalised former Premier Gordon Brown, building upon his intervention in the [...]

October 15, 2014 // 0 Comments

The game continues as before … for now

Thank God – or someone – that the UK party political conference season is finally over. I suppose that it was fitting that the Lib-Dems were last to step up to the plate, with their leader Nick Clegg gaining praise for his apparently good delivery of a stirring ‘Call to Arms’ speech as we [...]

October 9, 2014 // 0 Comments

The song remains the same

The political party conference season is almost over. We’ve had those from Labour, the Tories – somehow perhaps missed UKIP’s and the Green’s along the way – and now we’ve got the Lib-Dems’, which is taking place, or has just taken place [it’s difficult to tell] in Glasgow. In a [...]

October 5, 2014 // 0 Comments

Changing times

This new tax disc business on motor vehicles is a bit of a rum thing, don’t you think? I renewed mine about a month ago, so I’m presuming that I can keep it exhibited on my car window until eleven months from now – but is that right? Am I going to be getting a tap on the shoulder from the [...]

October 2, 2014 // 0 Comments

Back in the old routine

I’m not sure whether it’s just because we’re within eight months of a General Election – or indeed whether David Cameron and/or his Coalition generally is the main culprit – but it appears to me that, more than ever, our politicians are currently obsessed with ‘gesture [...]

October 1, 2014 // 0 Comments

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