‘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 ...

‘It’d be awful if the world exploded, it’s so wonderfully splendid’

Is any situation not perfected by a Tove Jansson quote? The post holiday blues kicked in some time ago and memories of my trip in February to Iceland faded quicker than the unexpected Nordic tan I picked up. I thought I would share a few thoughts on my adventure and coincidentally my renewed love of all things Scandinavian, and how all this fits in with my perceptions right now. My trip to Iceland was not some random spoilt whim I woke up with one day. It was of great sentimental value because ever since I was a child I had told my parents I would live in Scandinavia. A deep interest in Moomin, Jostein Gaarder and Astrid Lindgren novels maybe, but they do say that your core belief system is shaped most as a young child so I think these things must have influenced me. After watching a documentary on Iceland, Mama said she would ...

‘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 ...

‘Let The Battle Commence’

By Wednesday, July 17, 2013 0 Permalink

On Monday evening I was lucky enough to be at the launch of an interesting new manifesto for the EU. Better off in a Better Europe. Not only are they advocating Britain stays in the EU, but also that Britain should be leading Europe. Strong words indeed! The event was attended by a diverse selection of Pro Europeans from Green, Labour, Tory and Lib Dem persuasion. Political hacks, business leaders, a few mere mortals like me, some French, some Greek, some Russian  - a fairly broad spectrum. And even some of my own personal heroes. Kenneth Clarke, and Lord Mandelson gave rousing impromptu speeches declaring the need for Britain to take control and influence the EU. Bizarrely, but also I think quite reasonably, there were a few recognisable sceptics in the form of UKIP members and Conservative Sceptic MEPs. I had some lively debate with them over the relative merits of Europe and they seemed shocked ...