Author Archives: John

Local Variations – Labour & the local elections

“All politics is local…”: attrib. to Speaker Tip O’Neil. Can it only be a year ago Labour lost the  UK general election? It was a short night for me after a three hour stint at the polling station. I went … Continue reading

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The US Election: & then there were two…..
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Clinton versus Trump: Four years ago I wrote a weekly review of the progress of the US election. This year I have hesitated to put pen to paper. Perhaps I’m getting too old for all this – perhaps I’ve nothing … Continue reading

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Of monuments and men – or indeed women…

What should become of the statues of Cecil Rhodes? Since the Greeks at least public statues have been one way in which we recognise greatness. As a corollary their destruction has been an established way in which we have made … Continue reading

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To be or not to be – in the EU – that is the question

Brexit = Party Interest – National Interest (or the EU and UK Politics) We have a Referendum on our membership of the European Union (EU) on 23rd June 2016. Solemnly we are told this will be the most important decision … Continue reading

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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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