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August 28, 2015 21 Comments

New peers: time for a constitutional commission

Danny Alexander, former Treasury Secretary, and Vince Cable, former Business Secretary in the former coalition government, are to be congratulated upon apparently refusing to trundle along to sit in the House of Lords.

Although both are well enough known not to need a name changing honour, both have taken a knighthood anyway.

Any Martian looking in on the “dissolution honours” must wonder whether he, or she, had stumbled into “Middle Earth”.

Politicians, it seems, still don’t comprehend the sense of alienation felt by ordinary people across the UK that I have already referred to in my previous blog.

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August 26, 2015 23 Comments

Does Corbyn’s run indicate that alienation rules?

There is a genuine sense that some of those supporting Jeremy Corbyn are invigorated by the sense of a genuine alternative to the broad consensus among the major parties.

August 21, 2015 10 Comments

Greece’s debts: no separation of church and state

I am amazed to find that a previous regime here decided to enrol every single priest as a civil servant and pay them as such – together with their pensions.

July 15, 2015 28 Comments

Mhairi Black takes Westminster by storm single handed

It is hard, if not impossible, to remember an MP making the political and verbal splash in his or her maiden speech that Mhairi Black achieved yesterday in the Commons.

July 13, 2015 19 Comments

The dangerous cost of Israel’s siege on Gaza

There was a time when you could swim anywhere off Gaza’s coast. Not now. Not in the aftermath of war.

July 2, 2015 2 Comments

If music be the food of love.. James Rhodes, child rape and redemption

Pianist James Rhodes has inspired thousands of survivors of sexual abuse to tell their own stories, but he had to go to the Supreme Court to finally be able to tell his.

July 1, 2015 7 Comments

Two terrorists who shocked the world

The world must focus on the true factors behind the brutal terrorist attacks that killed 66 people in Tunisia and Kuwait last week.

June 18, 2015 No Comments

‘Culture, history, suffering’ – the heartfelt music of Paco Peña

Spanish guitar maestro Paco Peña is fusing blues with flamenco in his latest musical extravaganza, coming to London this summer.

June 16, 2015 13 Comments

Edward Snowden: publishing the position of the government?

To claim Russian and Chinese intelligence had cracked the encryption of Ed Snowden’s files, without a scintilla of evidence and series of “we don’t knows”, is going some.

June 9, 2015 14 Comments

HSBC: too big to jail?

The job cuts of 25,000 at HSBC announced today may sound dramatic, but the bank’s CEO, Stuart Gulliver has tried to get his sprawling behemoth into order before.

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