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The last word (nearly)

I have been fascinated by recent contributions to this organ – underlining as they have the freedom of our scribes to plough their own furrow and address any subject from any angle that pleases them – and which nevertheless, perhaps inevitably have concentrated somewhat upon the General [...]

December 15, 2019 // 0 Comments

The morning after

Travelling to the centre of Brighton by bus for my hair appointment yesterday morning it was very much business as usual and I heard no reference to the election on the bus or in the hairdressing salon. As usual passengers were on their mobile droning on about the mundanity of their day. I like my [...]

December 14, 2019 // 0 Comments

The folly of being divorced from reality

After all the excitements of Election night itself and the media analysis of the entrails yesterday which I (and no doubt many others) tuned to – given the general backdrop and recent prolonged paralysis at Westminster – with an inner sense that we were watching a far-reaching historical [...]

December 14, 2019 // 0 Comments

The art of entrenched inadequacy

No system of government capable of being devised by humans will ever be perfect and yet after everything that has occurred in this sphere of life in the UK over the past fifty years – not least the unedifying ongoing mess we’ve been subjected to since 2015 and most particularly the progress of [...]

December 13, 2019 // 0 Comments

Into the home straight …

With effectively ‘four days and counting down’ to the vote, on the evidence of my early morning excursion around the news websites the General Election has now reached the ‘silly’ stage. One poll I saw had the Tories going out to an 11 point lead, another had then at 7 points ahead. Both [...]

December 8, 2019 // 0 Comments

Would the last person to leave please turn out the lights …

Last night the electorate was treated to one of the anticipated highlights of the General Election campaign, the BBC’s head-to-head hour-long debate between Boris and Jeremy, chaired by Nick Robinson on BBC1 at 8.30pm in front of a live audience. [It has just occurred to me that in using the [...]

December 7, 2019 // 0 Comments

Okay – that’s quite enough!

Given that we have reached the point in the General Election campaign where (according to the latest poll I have seen) the Tories’ lead over Labour has been cut to nine percentage points and there are still nine days to go – and therefore absolutely any outcome is theoretically possible – [...]

December 3, 2019 // 0 Comments

Get real, people!

Overnight, as is my wont, as I went about my business I also had my computer tuned to the BBC’s Radio 5 Live station. The big current affairs issue of the moment was the aftermath of the recent horrendous London Bridge terrorist incident in which three people were killed (one the perpetrator) and [...]

December 2, 2019 // 0 Comments

Election-watch: 13 days to go

Let’s begin by just listing some of what happened yesterday. Perhaps the first news I registered after waking was that, with a fortnight to go to Polling Day and the latest poll showing that the Tories might be on course for a 68-seat majority, Labour strategists were now going to switch to [...]

November 29, 2019 // 0 Comments

Hey-ho …

Yesterday – since nobody is asking – I spent the best part of ten hours driving to a pub not far from Birmingham and then back again for a two-hour reunion lunch with some old friends. Yes, it’s wondrous what some of us will do sometimes to fill up a day! For accompaniment I spent the bulk of [...]

November 27, 2019 // 0 Comments

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