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Ursula in Blunderland

Ursula in Blunderland

  • January 31, 2021
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At first sight, the government of a country that has just reached the grim figure of 100,000 covid-related deaths and the third highest per capita covid death rate in the world shouldn’t have much to celebrate.  Yet a poll this week suggests that  Johnson and his cabinet-of-the-damned have gained four points, bringing its potential vote to 41 percent.

The main reason for this is the rollout of the Covid-19 vaccine program, which unlike most of what the government has done these last twelve months, is moving forward successfully, and has left its European neighbours far...

Let them eat Tim Tams

Let them eat Tim Tams

  • June 19, 2020
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FULL TEXT OF BORIS JOHNSON’S BIRTHDAY ADDRESS

 

Good afternoon folks.  I know this pandemic thingie has been an unprecedented challenge for all of us, but I think we can all agree that my government has handled it remarkably well.  The figures speak for themselves.  Only 42,288 dead – 64,000 excess deaths if you believe the Office...

Coronavirus: I herd it through the grapevine

Coronavirus: I herd it through the grapevine

  • March 13, 2020
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It may not be true that we get the kind of politicians we deserve, but it’s fair to say that if you elect politicians who have spent years inflicting needless economic pain on the most vulnerable members of society, who brought their country to the brink of economic ruin in order to fulfill a nationalist...

The Brexit Party: All Men Shall (Not) Be Brothers

The Brexit Party: All Men Shall (Not) Be Brothers

  • July 04, 2019
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In case anyone ever doubts what a sad, petty and downright nasty country we are becoming, the Brexit Party will always be there to remind us.  On Monday, they managed to stage a mighty protest by turning their backs – turning their backs I tell you! – on a young orchestra playing Beethoven’s...

Who’s Afraid of George Soros?

Who’s Afraid of George Soros?

  • May 14, 2019
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There was a time, many years ago, when I knew of George Soros as the billionaire who made a billion from speculating on the Pound during ‘Black Wednesday’ in 1992.  Since then I’ve often came across his name as a philantrophist associated with various progressive liberal and pro-democratic causes, and I once applied for a...

The Caliphate According to Saint Matteo

The Caliphate According to Saint Matteo

  • May 03, 2019
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The Italian Interior Minister Matteo Salvini is a busy man.  With less than a month until the European Elections, he has been touring the continent to shore up the troops for the new nationalist/populist bloc that he and his cohorts are seeking to establish in the European Parliament

The far-right has tried this before.  In 2007...

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