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Cruising takes a bruising

As our doughty UK businesses emerge from lockdown in order to take the country back into the bright sunny uplands of a post-Brexit, post-coronavirus world in which we start paying for the famously mega-big “unprecedented’ level of Treasury support that the Tory Government has thrown at [...]

July 10, 2020 // 0 Comments

Just another notch on the “strange times” belt

Mention has been made of it before on this organ but my subject today is the irony of some of the ‘interest group’ reactions, justified or not, to the Covid-19 crisis. Few would argue that the actions taken by the Government have been exemplary, timely or uniformly correct, despite its attempts [...]

July 7, 2020 // 0 Comments

Plenty of hot air but still going nowhere fast

These are indeed strange times. Over the past seven months one doesn’t need have to travelled too far down the avenue of degrees of cynicism to have gained the impression that the world has taken leave of its senses and that every principle of the human condition – and quite possibly also [...]

June 30, 2020 // 0 Comments

Buying into a fantasy – meanwhile, others are living one

We’ve learned plenty about the human race – and individual nations – during this cornonavirus crisis and like the proverbial curate’s egg some of it has proved to be good only ‘in parts’. Unfortunately for him, former Tory prime minister John Major will forever be associated with the [...]

June 26, 2020 // 0 Comments

Drifting towards we know not what

As – six months on and in a collective state of near-chaos – we dive into the coronavirus pandemic’s vast ocean waves crashing onto our section of the beach of global humanity it occurs to me that one item we are sadly lacking at this point – and the one thing we desperately need [...]

June 16, 2020 // 0 Comments

It’s going to get worse before it gets better

From today “non essential” shops in England can open for business provided that in advance they’ve rendered themselves ‘Covid-secure’ or whatever it was that Boris said they should. Obvious I cannot speak for any else’s view of how things are going for the UK at the moment, but mine is [...]

June 15, 2020 // 0 Comments

Coming to terms with the world

I approach my subject for today – the current “Let’s contextualise, or preferably rid the world, of every symbol that could be deemed to represent or celebrate a nation’s historical past that is contrary to – or out of touch with – modern sensitivities” movement that is sweeping [...]

June 12, 2020 // 0 Comments

The state of opinion forming (not informed opinion)

My contribution today comes from my perspective as a privileged, white, sixty-something male with no particular political axe to grind – which description in itself probably marks me as someone who has as many weaknesses (and lack of appreciation of the world’s problems) in terms of his genes, [...]

June 10, 2020 // 0 Comments

It takes all sorts

One aspect of the ongoing pandemic crisis that occasionally irritates me is the stupidity of other people. There, I’ve admitted it. No doubt it springs from my own smugness, racism, snobbery, personal stupidity and arrogant lack of tolerance; however, I cannot help it – listening to people [...]

June 5, 2020 // 0 Comments

What’s Going On – as Marvin Gaye might have sung …

To borrow a phrase, democracy is a many-splendoured thing but also – as to paraphrase Churchill – that is, if it wasn’t one of those clever/profound bon mots he didn’t actually say or write but which people fondly attribute to him because it sounds like the sort of thing he might have [...]

May 29, 2020 // 0 Comments

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