‘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 ...

‘Where there is Unity, there is Victory’

By Friday, March 7, 2014 0 Permalink

As Pubilius Syrus once wisely said. Last week Ofcom decided to start treating UKIP as a major party in terms of the way they are allowed to broadcast and campaign. This is a significant turning point and to me says more about where our political system is now rather than about UKIP per se. It is time for the pro EU lobby to realise that we face a real problem, and all their different agendas; donors and events are entirely irrelevant if Britain is not even in the EU. Never mind reforming anything, we won't have a say because we won't be there. This is a real possibility which the pro EU side seem still to be ignoring. To think UKIP are a ragbag party capitalising on the discontentment people have with Britain and  with no coherent policies is quite true. But to treat them as such is very wrong. UKIP is not a solution ...

‘Удачи Украина’

By Sunday, February 23, 2014 1 Permalink

Good luck to Ukraine for whatever path you choose. Sadly, death and violence is often the path to gaining democracy and we in the West take our democracy for granted. I spoke on here of the struggles and the dissatisfaction that Ukraine had with the Yanokuvich government,but felt I had to write something today amidst the biased tv and radio reporting and the vanquishing display of apparent democratic victory. Eavesdropping on the middle class do gooders in the coffee shop this morning pointing at the simplistic, and in my mind, inaccurate headline on The Sunday Times, I know it is not their fault if they don't comprehend the full story. Not quite black and white - some varying shades of orange. When had the 'government' become a 'regime' and when had that become a 'dictatorship'. For me, the word condescending does not even cover it. I don't think the British Press has empathy with Ukrainians, ...

‘If a man is not Socialist at 20 he has no heart. If he is not Conservative at 40 he has no brain’

By Monday, December 30, 2013 0 Permalink

A couple of months ago, an old friend and I decided to watch the entire House of Cards trilogy (the British version aired in the early '90s not the recent Kevin Spacey US version). We laughed at how dated it seemed and admired the brilliance that was Ian Richardson. I feigned mock horror at how it had shaped my  impressionable childhood mind about politics and was certainly part of the reason I ever became interested at all. The truth is, yes technology and attitudes have changed, and the way we work  is very different, the early '90s might as well be 60 years ago in that respect. But the Machiavellian machinations and base morals are all still as prevalent as ever, just hidden a whole lot better. Or perhaps the public have become immune. At least one knew with Francis Urquhart, who is possibly one of the most alluringly wicked TV characters of all ...