Monday, 12 April 2021 Today sees the much-heralded reopening of shops, hairdressers and hospitality businesses in England – but is there really much to celebrate? Firstly, restrictions have only been lifted in England – Wales is retaining some until at least 26 April and others until May. Hospitality remains off the menu at present. nContinue reading “The great – or not so great – reopening: a cause for celebration?”
Friday, 9 April 2021 No, not Prince Phillip, whose death has just been announced. He was a proper man – a straight talker and a refreshing voice of common sense in an over-privileged, out-of-touch establishment. He will be sadly missed and will be denied a state funeral due to the continuing, ridiculous and unnecessary restrictionsContinue reading “Another master of doublespeak”
Tuesday, 6 April 2021 Boris Johnson, the SAGE puppet disguised as prime minister, held a much-heralded press conference yesterday. He confirmed his “roadmap” out of lowdown, although it seems to have developed a few creases. “Non-essential retail”, pubs, gyms and hairdressers will be allowed to open from 12 April. However, the rejoicing should be heldContinue reading “The long grass in the short term”
Saturday, 27 March 2021 W.S. Gilbert wrote these words in HMS Pinafore, in 1878. They are as apposite now as they ever were. A total of 484 MPs voted for the renewal of the Coronavirus Act for a further six months in the House of Commons yesterday. Only 76 voted against these unnecessary, excessive and dangerous powers:Continue reading “He always voted at his party’s call, he never thought of thinking for himself at all”
Wednesday, 24 March 2021 Yesterday marked the first anniversary of the “lockdown” which has done so much harm to Britain. It has wrecked the economy, ruined social structures and, perhaps most unpardonably, destroyed the life chances of millions of children and young people by disrupting their education. I had neither expected nor wanted to beContinue reading “Unhappy anniversary”
Tuesday, 23 March 2021 This line from Stanley Holloway’s famous monologue Albert and the Lion seems particularly apposite in the light of Nicola (Stalin) Sturgeon’s “acquittal” on a charge of breaking the ministerial code. It is a long story, but I shall be as brief as possible. In 2018, allegations of indecent assault were madeContinue reading “The magistrate give his opinion, that no-one was really to blame”
Monday, 22 March 2021 At the time of writing, a new Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill is making its way through parliament. It will provide for tougher sentencing for a variety of offences. Normally, I would have no quarrel with this, although I have little faith in the ability, or indeed determination, of anyContinue reading “Are the straws breaking the camel’s back?”
Wednesday, 17 March 2021 There has been more bad news from the retail sector. Thorntons, the confectionery chain, is to close all its stores, with the loss of over 600 jobs. It was struggling already, but the panicdemic has cost it two Easters’ and a Christmas’ worth of business. According to the accountants PwC, 17,532Continue reading “Freedom tomorrow”
Saturday, 13 March 2021 They aren’t, at least not much. Some COVID restrictions are being eased in Wales, but don’t get too excited. From today, some outdoor non-contact activities such as tennis will be permitted and four people from two households will be allowed to meet outside. Organised outdoor activities such as club meets areContinue reading “Just when you thought things were going to get better ….”
Saturday, 6 March 2021 The successful Irish racehorse trainer Gordon Elliott has been banned from racing for a year, although six months of the ban are to be suspended. This means that his horses will not be able to compete at the Imminent Cheltenham Festival or take part in the Grand National. His crime? HeContinue reading “Flogging dead horses”
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