‘An Essex Epiphany’

By Friday, October 10, 2014 0 Permalink

With the by-elections in the UK being dominated by UKIP publicity I had decided to avoid the results for as long as I could. Not being a compulsive phone fidget or living my life online it was relatively easy, until friends starting texting me because they know what I'm like. Mea culpa. For someone who swore off politics I do seem to spend a lot of my waking moments (and some sleeping ones) concerned with it. Who'd have thought Clacton would ever generate headline news! You can read all the 'what lessons can be learned ' dross in the press or listen to the pundits and academics dissecting the results ad nauseum with stats and comments we've heard a million times if you really want to wallow in negative energy, and make yourself miserable about the state of the nation. How ashamed we should feel to have in parliament someone who represents disenchantment. I felt dissapointed at ...

‘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 ...

‘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 ...

‘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 ...