The best-laid plans …

Saturday, 19 June 2021 The Tories are licking their wounds following their by-election defeat and are blaming HS2 and the new changes to planning law, which entail a presumption in favour of development and an easing of planning restrictions. Hence the title of this post. They think that these matters are the cause of dissatisfactionContinue reading “The best-laid plans …”

A well-deserved kicking

Friday, 18 June 2021 The parliamentary constituency of Chesham and Amersham was created in 1974 and has always been held by the Conservatives. Until yesterday. The Liberal Democrats overturned a majority of 16,000 and replaced it with a healthy one of 8,000. As the seat is in the prosperous Tory heartland of Buckinghamshire, the ConservativeContinue reading “A well-deserved kicking”

Free beer tomorrow

Thursday, 17 June 2021 The government has kept a promise! We were told that an announcement about the lifting of restrictions on 21 June would be made on 14 June, and so it was. Boris Johnson told us that restrictions would remain in place until at least 19 July. To a cynic like me, thisContinue reading “Free beer tomorrow”

A rose by any other name …

Friday, 4 June 2021 The “Indian” variant has been renamed the “Delta” variant and yet another variant has emerged. It is currently known as the “Nepalese” variant. It has led the government to put Portugal on the naughty step, also known as the amber list. (N.B. Nepal is not in Portugal: the variant has apparentlyContinue reading “A rose by any other name …”


Monday, 31 May 2021 At present, the Tokyo Olympics are still scheduled for July, despite some teams having pulled out, despite allegedly massive opposition from the Japanese and despite few people having been vaccinated. One of the flagship events at the Olympic Games is always the marathon. In the UK, we are currently taking partContinue reading “Marathons”

The wise man speaks when he has something to say, the fool speaks in order to say something

Friday, 28 May 2021 I do not think that the second clause of the title applies to me, but I believe that substituting the verb “to say” with the verb “to do” does render it applicable to the government. On Wednesday, Dominic Cummings, the former chief adviser to the Prime Minister, gave evidence to twoContinue reading “The wise man speaks when he has something to say, the fool speaks in order to say something”

Put not your trust in princes, nor in the son of man, in whom there is no help

Saturday, 16 May 2021 This week has once more seen Prince Harry taking to the airwaves in an unedifying appearance on the podcast Armchair Expert (of which most people had never previously heard). He bemoaned the way he had been brought up, although he seemed to blame that on the way his father and grandparentsContinue reading “Put not your trust in princes, nor in the son of man, in whom there is no help”

A Hart(lepool) attack

Sunday, 9 May 2021 Local elections took place across the UK (with the exception of Northern Ireland) on 6 May. The results are interesting, if not surprising. The most impressive result was in Hartlepool, where a by-election took place. Normally, by-elections go against the incumbent government and Hartlepool has been a safe Labour seat sinceContinue reading “A Hart(lepool) attack”

Of mines and men

Saturday, 1 May2021 Not only did Mrs Thatcher tell us that the Conservatives were the party of individual liberty, she also said that they were the party of enterprise. This, too, is looking doubtful. Since 2017, plans have been developed to sink a new coal mine near Whitehaven, in Cumbria. The mine would yield cokingContinue reading “Of mines and men”


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