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You Clap for Me: A Celebration and a Warning

You Clap for Me: A Celebration and a Warning

  • April 16, 2020
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It seems a long time ago, back in the days when ‘normal’ still existed, that we didn’t think much of immigrants in this country – especially the ‘unskilled’ kind.  In those days we learned week in and week out from our newspapers and from many of our politicians, that immigrants were a burden on ‘our’ schools and NHS.  We heard that they were stealing British jobs, that they were being ‘shipped in’ in order to undercut British workers.

We heard that they came here as ‘health tourists’ in order to access health care that they...

Clap for Boris?  You must be joking

Clap for Boris? You must be joking

  • April 11, 2020
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As most people in the UK will be aware, Boris Johnson has spent most of the last week in an Intensive Care Unit (ICU).  Fortunately, he is now recovering. I say ‘fortunately’ because only ghouls wish to see their political enemies, no matter how contemptible they find them to be, exposed to physical suffering and...

Beware the Lies of March

Beware the Lies of March

  • March 29, 2020
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In difficult times, it’s comforting and perhaps essential to believe that there is light at the end of the tunnel, but it’s also wise to bear in mind that there are always alternative possibilities. Historical tragedies are not like novels or theatrical tragedies.  They don’t come with redemptive endings or instructive moral messages.  They do...

Lockdown Sunday

Lockdown Sunday

  • March 23, 2020
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This weekend was the first weekend of spring.  After a long dreary winter filled with rainy days, floods, and moaning winds, the population came out in force to enjoy the sunny weather.  At Skegness, hundreds of thousands flocked to the caravan parks and arcades on Saturday.  In Victoria and Richmond parks, cyclists, walkers and other...

Ventilator Blues

Ventilator Blues

  • March 21, 2020
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When the coronavirus nightmare ends – as it will end one day – there are many things those of us who survive it will want to remember, and there are things that governments – including our own – will want us to forget.  One of them is the chronic lack of medical ventilator machines available...

One Nation Under a Virus

One Nation Under a Virus

  • March 17, 2020
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I’m not a huge fan of Winston Churchill.  He was racist, devious, and ruthless: a romantic imperialist who was as willing to celebrate the slaughter of ‘barbaric’ peoples who opposed the British Empire as he was to turn troops on striking Welsh miners or Greek communists   But that doesn’t mean that I don’t recognise the...

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