Category Archives: politics

Children, prime ministers, and PR

How many men say they are better qualified to be a price, oops, prime, minister because they have children? Dear me. On a side note, Eagle, Leadsom, May, are little Thatchers. The Thatcher revivalist movement. And what is with the … Continue reading

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I told you so

So don’t say I didn’t. All you religious fruitcakes, who think making abortion difficult to get/illegal etc, are responsible for the situation in Tennessee where a woman stuck a coathanger up herself in the bath to try and carry out … Continue reading

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Attaboy

Or rather, Attaboys. Worthy of a Sun headline perhaps? On the lines of Gotcha. (A reference to the sinking of the ARA Belgrano by the RN in 1982.) Readers will know I’m among the first to denounce endless unnecessary military … Continue reading

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The poor are always with us

What do I think of the Tory majority in the UK? Pal Hariod Brawn asked me this so I thought I would give a somewhat superficial answer as that is all I can manage. I’m not surprised. Most people are … Continue reading

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Post Charlie (and feminism?)

What journalist could have heard the news about Charlie Hebdo last week and not felt the following emotions? Shock, empathy, and a reminder that we choose a profession that doesn’t make us popular. These journalists weren’t in a war zone, … Continue reading

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Sheer garbage

There is some utter tosh being written about the death of one woman. I can not believe it. I have bored readers on roughseas enough, so I will make Thatcher, Part 3 a Clouds post. And, what is interesting, is … Continue reading

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From death to trivia

Originally posted on Work of the Negative: A Marxist-Humanist blog:
From the new March-April 2013 issue of News & Letters: Editorial State of the U.S. wars The opening of Barack Obama’s second term made it clear that, despite all talk…

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Treating the symptoms – and not the cause

Or stupid legislation. Or nanny state personified. Call it what you will. Busily browsing the internet about Land Rovers, as you do when you have things you need to do, and don’t want to do, I chanced upon an interesting … Continue reading

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Would you trust an MP?

So who would you trust? Or, rather, not trust? The old list always included estate agents, used car salespeople (men in those days), and politicians. Journalists and bankers have rapidly shot up the rankings, so that MPs are still first, … Continue reading

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The politics of cycling

It’s only taken 99 years for a Briton to win the Tour de France (important cycle race if you haven’t heard of it). And not only that, we did it in style, managing second place as well. Normally we usually … Continue reading

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Food for the gods at the Olympics

I am right I think? The Olympics are being held in London? Yes? I think London is part of Great Britain and the UK and all that. So what should they be eating there? Well, I would like to be … Continue reading

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From the Peróns to the Kirchners …..

…… in one easy leap (via the Clintons) Argentina, I think, might as well just institute a monarchy. If the Peróns were treated with the sycophancy normally reserved for royal couples, the Kirchners have benefited from the same adulation. Not … Continue reading

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Aftermath of a royal visit….

‘Phone conversation: MR: ‘Buenos días Cristina (de Kirchner – president of Argentina), how are you?’ CK: ‘Buenos días Mariana (Rajoy – prime minister of Spain), bien, all things considering.’ MR: ‘I see you didn’t have much success getting the Brit … Continue reading

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Who won the war?

I didn’t know America won it for us all. Did they? I thought we managed it all on our little selves on D-Day. Or whenever. Didn’t Americans come in at the last minute when their ships were targeted somewhere far … Continue reading

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Well, roll me over.

Couldn’t pass this one by. The land of the free and that great dream. Also known as the land of sexist misogynist bastards who want to control women. Oh, I’m busy doing other things right now rather than blogging, [inserts … Continue reading

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Journalism (6) – the press office

‘Welcome to the Press Office.’ A tall James Coburn clone walked towards me down the huge office with his hand outstretched. What a seriously nice way to be greeted on your first day in a new job. The first thing … Continue reading

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Journalism (4) – politics and Thatcher

Ah. Margaret. How many lives did she influence back then? Or even end? But let’s start at the beginning. Sitting in chemistry class at my private all-girls school. We adored our teacher. Slim, attractive, slick dyed hair, make-up, smart suits, … Continue reading

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Oh those ragged trousers!

Will they ever go away? Doubt it somehow. It is more than 100 years since Robert Noonan Tressell died (1911), and nearly 100 since his famous book was published in 1914. The Ragged-Trousered Philanthropists is a unique book. And sadly … Continue reading

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Consumerism (7) – it doesn’t matter to me

The much-heralded post and the final one in the series. Perhaps the most important one too. Oh. Why? Because it is the one where you can make a difference. I was going to insert a terribly clever digression here to … Continue reading

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Seal of approval

Some years ago my mother decided to buy a beautiful pair of sealskin (?) fur boots. They were amazingly warm. I know, I wore them a few times. She bought them from Bridlington in Yorkshire, UK, where not many seals … Continue reading

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