‘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 ...

‘He has sat on the fence so long that the iron has entered his soul’

By Sunday, January 27, 2013 0 Permalink

Good old Lloyd George.... I have tried to resist commenting on the latest instalment of the never ending dramatic saga that is Britain in the EU but you know what... it matters way too much, and the largely anti-EU media cannot be the sole commentators on this important matter. So here it is, our Leader's highly anticipated speech on Britain in the EU. It is not my wish to over analyse or dissect the speech. You can read all the weird and wonderful commentary on that yourself. I would just prefer to direct you to some different opinions and thoughts. So, while I would say it was no doubt eloquently put and well delivered, I have never heard anything quite so vague from an incumbent Prime Minister.  Even Tony Blair occasionally presented his actual real opinion and vision. Am I missing something or did Cameron manage to actually deliver a speech which sat entirely on ...

London Calling

By Friday, August 3, 2012 0 Permalink

Avoiding London like most people whilst the Olympics is on I was surprised to find when I was there last week that it was absolutely wonderful! Ghost Town London I admit that lately with my own sadness London has seemed often to exacerbate the feelings of despair, reminders everywhere of places I had been with all the people I loved. However, I find I have fallen back in love with London. Which as the saying would indicate, means I have fallen back in love with life. I declared to my friend that we should start a petition to keep all the Brits wherever it was they had all gone and keep the freakishly polite and respectful foreign tourists who had descended. In fact just extend the Olympics for a few months! It would be like having a holiday in London and seeing it as tourists usually do. But in an even better way because ...