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About The Author

Born 9 December 1933. Former Royal Air Force person. Retired Church of England Clergyman. Father. Grandfather, and now, Great Grandfather. Citizen of Europe and Fervent Remainer. Thinks that Members of Parliament and especially Ministers of the Crown, who lie to Parliament should be brought before a public tribunal where the evidence can be heard, and examined, and suitable penalties awarded.

Money v Safety

Mrs. Nicola Sturgeon makes an interesting point here, which I confess, had never occurred to me, that for Governments to carry out their duties of care towards the Citizens they represent they need to have the financial clout to do … Continue reading

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Democracy in the Dark

The Electoral Reform Society (spoiler : of which I am a member) has produced another one of their many reports. This one is about the unknown amount of influence, not to say, interference, that took place before the 2019 General … Continue reading

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Beating the Virus – or vice versa ?

All the messages coming out of Government about the restrictions on movement and mixing with other people seem to be based on a notion that the general public should appreciate that them up there do know and understand the difficult … Continue reading

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Cabinet Meeting . . .

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A Statement from the Bar Council

Following comments by the Northern Ireland Secretary that a new Bill to amend the UK’s Brexit deal with the EU will “break international law in a specific and limited way”, Chair of the Bar Council, Amanda Pinto QC said: “We … Continue reading

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New Galloway – Then and Now

Not so very different. The ground to the left in the foreground seems to have altered in some way. The village school behind the railings on the right is now the CatStrand Arts centre. For us, in pre COVID days, … Continue reading

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Failed State . . .

Good summary of the effects of “No Deal” plus other things from a publication hitherto unknown to me – “Digital Journal” –  brought to the notice of Twitter by the indefatigable Carol Hedges . . . Op-Ed: Goodbye Britain — … Continue reading

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Professor Chris Grey sums up a disastrous week . . .

The thing I like about Professor Chris Grey’s insight, is that he discounts any attempts to explain Government activities by the usual methods of logical, reasonable, discourse. He goes straight to the root of the matter, which is the psychology … Continue reading

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M. Barnier tells it like it is . . .

The best way to keep abreast of the awful withdrawal business is to follow M. Barnier. There is more in one statement by him, than in pages of Government blather – which is mostly lies anyway – or all of … Continue reading

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The ever informative John Crace . . .

A very good piece by John Crace about Boris Johnson. Written as humour or satire and not what is normally thought of as serious political comment, it is actually more informative than those. “Boris Johnson’s complete lack of shame has … Continue reading

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