‘The Party Line’

By Tuesday, September 30, 2014 0 Permalink

Around this time several years ago the boyfriend said quite out the blue, that I should return to my first love. I snapped out my trance like state staring at the party conference on tv and looked at him in confusion. "What"? He pointed to the screen."Why pretend? Politics is your one enduring love, you fight it and stayed away but maybe it's time to admit you hate it so much because you love it, and go back to it all". He was right of course, he knew me, and loved ones are annoying like that! Naturally, I ignored him and cut my nose off to spite my face! Until recently. On the eve of October, the cusp of Autumn, it seemed apt to catch up and blog about the current state of play on the political scene after the Scottish referendum and in light of the political events over the last few months. It ...

‘Mail vs Miliband’

By Saturday, October 5, 2013 0 Permalink

In recent times I have taken to getting most of my news from skim reading various journalistic publications I favour for matters I am interested in, and watching or listening to topical news comedy shows on tv and radio. This generally works in helping me to keep my both my sanity, and to be well enough informed of the things that really matter. And of course with the internet, it is difficult to be in the dark about anything really. Yet the story that has really riled me during the last few days is the Miliband family insults. Naturally, as an adult orphan, I feel especially prickly about this topic. I would defend my parents in a blink of an eye and would be mortified to hear a stranger hurl unjustified insults in such a way as the Daily Mail has done.  But also as a fan of great journalism, it just disgusts me how dumbed ...

‘A Tale of Two Cities’

I wonder what Charles Dickens would say if he saw London today.... I daresay not much, except maybe a request for a stiff drink. It is a popular rule to adhere to for the über -wealthy, that the three safe havens for their wealth in these rocky times are Swiss Francs, gold and property in London. The economic divide in Britain between rich and poor is discussed at length with commentators declaring that it has worsened and continues to do so. Certainly this government, and previous administrations have done little to turn the tide and boost regeneration. However, in my opinion the sharp and accelerated contrast evident in London is far more disturbing, and like many problems only now being brought to attention. Prevention being better than cure, it is now too late to address the issues associated with it. The FT talks about this as though it has only suddenly happened, but this has been ...