4 July 2024 Democracy How to do it. By John Watson We all know the Churchill quotation: “democracy is the worst form of government – except for all the others that have been tried”. Perspicacious and witty, no doubt, but it says nothing about the relative merits of different forms of democracy. And in the… Continue reading Democracy


Eagle Eyed

4 July2024 Electioneering by J. R. Thomas Some of the most important elections of the early C21st are going on as you read this; and here is where live media holds all the aces.  You, the reader, will have the advantage of knowing the current state of play, if only via the BBC, CBBC, Facebook… Continue reading Electioneering

Election Fever

4 July 2024 Election Fever Taking the temperature. By Lynda Goetz Ever since Rishi Sunak chose to make his ill-fated announcement in pouring rain of a July 4th election, the Conservative Party, the media, the public, the Labour Party and pretty much everyone else involved, have predicted a Labour victory. The Conservatives (apart from Sunak… Continue reading Election Fever

Things can only get better …

4 July 2024 Things can only get better … Paul Branch Just six weeks ago we were treated to the unedifying spectacle of our Prime Minister outside No 10 Downing Street drenched in rain announcing the date for the General Election, no umbrella and without a helping aide in sight.  In the background played a… Continue reading Things can only get better …

Stonehenge Revenge?

4 July 2024 Stonehenge Revenge? A true story. By Neil Tidmarsh It seems that attacking Shakespeare and Prokofiev wasn’t enough for them. (Stalin Junior and the New Puritans, Shaw Sheet issue 359, 07.09.23.) So last month they attacked Jonathan Yeo’s (admittedly awful) portrait of King Charles III – and abused Wallace and Gromit at the… Continue reading Stonehenge Revenge?

Betting Scandal

4 July 2024 Betting Scandal Where is the sex? By Robert Kilconner I must say that this betting business is very disappointing. No, I am not making some moral comment about Conservative MPs and party officials. Every party has its share of ‘likely lads’ and that has always been the case. What upsets me is… Continue reading Betting Scandal

Turn Again, Starmer

School blackboard with random handdrawn chalk education symbols and the word SCHOOL in the centre in a teaching and learning concept

6 June 2024 Turn Again, Starmer Improving education. By John Watson Some of the least intelligent criticisms of Sir Keir Starmer focus on his changes of tack – the backing down from Labour’s green package, the reversal of their wealth tax proposal and other things besides. What is wrong with the man? Is he a… Continue reading Turn Again, Starmer

What A Liberty 

Eagle Eyed

6 June 2024 What A Liberty   by J.R. Thomas This election was in the boring phase, but an event last week did liven it up. And the candidate for high office really should have known better.  What a fool to suggests such a thing to such an audience. No, not Rishi and his national service… Continue reading What A Liberty 

Wokery in Schools

6 June 2024 Wokery in Schools Lines of delegation. By John Watson Of course it has put the cat among the pigeons. The Government can hardly have hoped that its new guidelines that schools must not teach children that they can change their gender identity and should avoid “explicit” conversations about sex until they reach… Continue reading Wokery in Schools

A Dog’s Dinner

6 June 2024 A Dog’s Dinner by Paul Branch This past week we have had the pleasure of a house guest to brighten our humdrum lives – Timmy the Cairn terrier has been taking a break from his usual family and revelling in his vibrant Cotswolds surroundings.   Timmy is four years old, approaching his prime… Continue reading A Dog’s Dinner

Post Box Politics

6 June 2024 Post Box Politics A tale of two kingdoms. By Neil Tidmarsh This week I’m in Edinburgh and yesterday I visited one of Auld Reekie’s most interesting and significant monuments. No, I didn’t go to Edinburgh Castle at one end of the Royal Mile, or to the Palace of Holyroodhouse or to the… Continue reading Post Box Politics


6 June 2024 Zionism Where it fits in by David Emanuel As the conflict in Gaza continues to send ripples throughout the world the fact that Jewish students in the UK feel unable to go to university because of pro-Palestinian protests uncovers an issue that runs far deeper than a few aggrieved individuals. Targeting Jews… Continue reading Zionism


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