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The Right Thing


The House of Lords is the strangest institution. It really is. If you hadn’t already known that, it was laid bare in the BBC’s fly-on-the-wall documentary which showed a world of archaic custom and privilege. It was jokingly described by one Liberal Democrat peer as “the best day care centre for the elderly in London” and much of the BBC footage seemed to put flesh on the bones of that one-lin…

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When you're in a guddle, make a plan!


So, we find ourselves in a post referendum world in a position we couldn’t have imagined only a few short weeks or months ago.  A significant majority of our elected representatives, our MPs (and for that matter our elected European representatives, our MEP’s) don’t believe that leaving Europe is the right thing to do.  And yet we have had a referendum in which a narrow majority of the 72% that t…

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Project fear or project fantasy?


I am a self-declared election nerd.  I’m that bloke you’d never hope to meet in the pub that can tell you what’s been happening to the conservative majority in Norfolk North West these last five elections (slowly rising) and even further afield, can give you a decent prediction as to what will happen in the Connecticut primaries (Trump and Clinton by clear margins). So you would have thought t…

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Trusted Voices


I have long said that when I would come to power there’d be a few things I’d do on day one.  I’d abolish benefits for people who are already comfortably off (left-leaning).  I’d make sure we had more programmes of community work for people who are fit and able, but out of work (right leaning) and I’d reintroduce some form of torture for people who throw their rubbish out of cars (just plain commo…

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Truth, the whole truth


I’ll be honest; I’m a bit of a news junkie. I have followed recent stories such as the Greek bailout, the appearance of odd bits of disappeared airplane MH-370 and the to-ings and fro-ings of the complex web of conflict that dominates the Middle East with boundless interest and energy.  To come across a discarded newspaper on a train is a delight. And all hail those journalists that bring u…

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