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Syria and Mr Corbyn: the case against inaction

Syria and why we must intervene…. I have been asked to offer an opinion on Syria by Jeremy Corbyn. The case against further involvement has been made and I know many of my friends feel intervention is wrong. FaceBook and … Continue reading

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The Kansas Twister – Kim Davis; the Pope & Same-sex Marriage
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 Why the truth is often stranger than fiction…   There is sometimes more to a story than meets the eye. In history context is always king and in that spirit I offer up this review of recent events. Pope Francis … Continue reading

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The Impotence of Being Earnest
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Corbyn – the leading player or the laconic Fool? In Shakespearean tragedy the Fool is often the wise head who sees what the serious players cannot see. In Shakespearean comedy the Fool often owns a tragic edge that peeps from … Continue reading

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Matters of principle & matters of Judgment – my vote in Labour Leadership
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Matters of Principle & Defining Realities: Yesterday, I completed my on-line voting in the Labour Leadership race. I did so knowing that it is highly likely if not quite certain that Jeremy Corbyn will be elected the next Leader of … Continue reading

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Twilight at Gwern ddu
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                                                                         Twilight at Gwern ddu … Continue reading

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Part II: The Labour Leadership – the apple of discord
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Picking the right apple from the left branch….. Apples and humankind have a long association. From Eden to Snow White it seems the apples turns up to make difficulties where there ought to be none. Most famously the golden apple … Continue reading

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Amelia, Abigail & Charlie Thomas & Labour’s Choice
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Why it’s a matter of personal interest I have two great nieces – Amelia and Abigail –  and a great nephew, Charlie Thomas. I see less of them than I’d like but like most people these days I see lots … Continue reading

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Budget – it’s really Good News for Labour
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Why Labour had good reason to feel cheerful: Sometimes I fear we are not as surefooted as we should be. The events of the last week should us Labour supporters a bit chipper. It should make us realise that we … Continue reading

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Kiss & Tell…..William Tell at the royal opera house
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William Tell – Royal Opera House​ – 5th July – Kiss & Tell There is one scene in this production which aptly summarises the gratuitous perversity of its whole. It occurred not long after the now infamous “rape” a la … Continue reading

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Charles Kennedy RIP
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Charles Kennedy RIP: I am genuinely sad to learn of the death of Charles Kennedy. He was still a young man although perhaps his greatest days sadly were behind him. Nevertheless, he was one of the very few politicians who … Continue reading

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