‘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 ...

‘Please Sir, Can I Have Some More’?

By Monday, February 6, 2012 0 Permalink

So the UK is in debt to the tune of £1 trillion. To tell you the truth I am not even sure I know how to express that in figures. It's definitely quite a lot though. 64% of the GDP in fact. Apparently it has been worse; 180% of GDP. But that was in the 1940s when there was a world war going on. Britain often likes to point out when matters were worse, (usually governments favour the 'let's blame the previous administration' approach). They also relish  in pointing to countries in a worse situation. This arrogance is a little hard to swallow now however when in actual fact Britain is in a similar, or even worse position than many of these countries previously condemned. To put it into context, Italy's national debt is about 120% and the USA's is 100% when I last checked. Not so clever now are you Britain? ...

“Somebody was using the pencil…”

By Friday, April 15, 2011 0 Permalink

As Dorothy Parker exclaimed when she missed her deadline! I have no such excuse for my procrastination. Gadgets galore, notebooks everywhere I turn and a plethora of pencil cases filled with pens at my disposal yet still I manage to always find something more pressing to do. In my defence I can only suggest that second posts are so much more difficult than the first. As Jerome K Jerome put it best, 'Work fascinates me, I can sit and look at it for hours'! People do love to shirk responsibility and blame others though. I think I was always of this opinion but I must say as an adult orphan ( I'm working on a more catchy expression for this condition by the way but have not been sufficiently inspired, feel free to come up with something less dramatic) fecklessness does seem to be much more widespread than I realised. The financial 'crisis' ...