18 July 2019 The Boriad – Books 1,2 and 3 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
18 July 2019 Too Much Plant Lost in the long grass? By J R Thomas Last week this column was about the unlikelihood of being on the spot at a time of truly dramatic change. This week is about a change that has happened without most people noticing or caring about it, and if you
18 July 2019 Saying It With Weapons I love you, man! By Neil Tidmarsh Italian police mounted raids against far-right extremists across the north of the country this week. They arrested three men and seized a number of weapons. What did they find? A few flick-knives and coshes, perhaps? Some hunting rifles and fancy handguns?
18 July 2019 Diary of a Corbynista BBC versus Corbyn by Don Urquhart 11 July Corbyn’s latest statement of Brexit policy makes a second referendum a front-runner. Johnson’s current “Do or Die” pitch regarding a 31st October Brexit is designed to get him into No. 10. Once there the only “Do or Die” will be
18 July 2019 Recession Are we already there? by Frank O’Nomics Whisper it quietly – the UK economy may be in the midst of a recession. The sotto voce request is a tacit acknowledgement that, by its very mention, the “R-word” can generate a self-fulfilling process by engendering a backdrop of fear and caution. But
18 July 2019 Equal Pay for Equal Play? Is the current system fair? By Lynda Goetz Thursday afternoon last week was Ladies’ semi-finals day on Centre court at Wimbledon. There were two matches. The first between Serena Williams and Barbora Styrcova was over fairly quickly as Serena beat her unseeded opponent 6-1, 6-2, in the
18 July 2019 Blast from the Past A Refresher from Corbynista (episode 3) by Don Urquhart Johnson resigned as Foreign Secretary in July 2018. Hunt took over. 10 July 2018 The resignations of Davis and Johnson leave the Prime Minister with a docile cabinet and to that extent the Chequers away day was a success.
11 July 2019 Race to the Bottom Legitimate abuse. By John Watson Shit! Prat! Knave! Buffoon! Popinjay! Arsehole! Stuffed shirt! Cretin! Together with a number of terms too rude to publish, but beginning with the letters “p”, “c”, and “w” respectively, these epithets fall within the traditional vocabulary of UK election campaigns. Shouting them, like
11 July 2019 The Boriad – Books 1 and 2 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
11 July 2019 Strange Times Or just a smokescreen? by J.R. Thomas Seven years ago your correspondent had the good fortune to be staying in the best hotel in Taormina, Sicily. (Just a short break for a special occasion, you understand.) The allotted suite looked directly across to the constantly smoking peak of that perfect