25 July 2019 Leaked! Confidentiality and press freedom. By John Watson When you hear that both candidates for the leadership of the Conservative party agree on something, it is wise to look at it carefully. When the whole of the press supports them there is bound to be something wrong with it. That is why
25 July 2019 The Boriad – Books 1,2,3 and 4 Not, in fact, by Homer Book 1 Like great Achilles, Boris Johnson from his tent full armoured sprang. No more skulking in the shadows, now’s the time to upward man. His Patroclus, the Raab Extremis, in his borrowed armour strove; but died before
25 July 2019 Whoops Trump trips by J.R. Thomas If President Trump is looking a bit rueful at the moment it is because for once he has slipped on his own banana skin. Usually Donald is skilled in landing the pavement slip trap in front of opponents; this time he hadn’t looked where he chucked
25 July 2019 The Iran Crisis Military action is not the answer. By Neil Tidmarsh For much of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, Barbary corsairs preyed on British shipping almost with impunity. Pirates from North Africa seized fishing and trading vessels in the Channel and in the Irish Sea and even raided coastal towns in
July 25 2019 Education, Education, Education Energising the state system. By Lynda Goetz In 1997, Tony Blair famously spoke of the Labour Party’s Manifesto commitment to a focus on ‘Education, Education, Education’. In the years since then there has been much government meddling with the systems used to deliver education in this country, as well
25 July 2019 Now you see it… Sajiv Javid will not have £25bn up his sleeve. by Frank O’Nomics As jokes go it fell very flat. When the departing Labour government Chief Secretary to the Treasury, Liam Byrne, left a note in his desk saying: “I’m afraid there is no money”, few thought it funny.
25 July 2019 How to Negotiate Brexit or not, our children need to learn. By Richard Pooley I don’t have a lot of respect for Dr Liam Fox, enthusiastic Brexiteer and the UK’s International Trade Secretary at the time of writing (the afternoon of Wednesday, 24 July… Boris is seeing the Queen about his new
25 July 2019 Beech Convicted Proctor’s statement. By Robert Kilconner Harvey Proctor’s statement following the conviction of Carl Beech (the witness who sparked the false allegations of child abuse against a number of public figures including Edward Heath, Lord Bramall, Sir Maurice Oldfield, Leon Brittan and, of course, Mr Proctor himself) is truly heartrending. What
25 July 2019 Diary of a Corbynista Hardening Attitudes by Don Urquhart 18 July I live in the London Borough of Barnet. It has changed in recent years. There are roads you cannot go down after nightfall unless you want to buy or sell drugs. There are parks which you avoid unless you enjoy the
18 July 2019 Something Nasty Labour and anti-Semitism. By John Watson When I sat down to watch Panorama’s programme on anti-Semitism in the Labour Party I was sceptical. I did not believe that Mr Corbyn, who has always had an excellent reputation in Islington for helping all his constituents, had suddenly turned into a racist.