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Send the letters
20 January 2022 Boris Functus Send the letters. By John Watson No, it isn’t a spelling error. Nor is “functus” the polite Latin equivalent of a much overused 16th century German word which sounds rather similar. It is an abbreviation of the expression “functus officio” used by lawyers to describe an official whose mandate to… Continue reading Boris Functus
20 January 2022 “Sentence First… verdict afterwards" by J.R.Thomas …verdict afterwards”. How readers laughed when the Queen of Hearts insisted that the Knave of Heart’s head should be removed before time was wasted on any further court hearings, in Alice in Wonderland. Was Lewis Carroll being satirical when he wrote that; or was he… Continue reading “Sentence first…
Balance of Rights
Freedom to act & speak
20 January 2022 Balance of Rights Freedom to act and speak. By Lynda Goetz ‘It is the duty of peers and MPs to strike a proper balance between the rights of a small number of protesters and those of everyone else’, concluded the Daily Telegraph editorial yesterday, after pondering the rejection by peers of almost… Continue reading Balance of Rights
Bit on the slide?
20 January 2022 Bit on the slide? By Paul Branch While communications media of every shape and hue, not to mention the public at large, have been salivating at the prospect of the fall from grace of several universally-acclaimed celebrities, events in the world of high finance have not been standing still. In that high… Continue reading Bit on the slide?
Boris’s Bedtime Stories
20 January 2022 Bedtime Stories for Boris Tragicomedy. By Neil Tidmarsh Dear Boris, it’s late on Friday night but you can’t sleep. It’s too quiet now that you’ve had to knock ‘Wine Friday’ on the head. The silence is keeping you awake. So why not let the Shaw Sheet tell you some bedtime stories to… Continue reading Boris’s Bedtime Stories
Diary of a Corbynista
Guns before Vibrators
20 January 2022 Diary of a Corbynista Guns before Vibrators by Don Urquhart 3 to 19 January In Parliament the Government is pushing on with its agenda. Sadly it does not involve improving Health, Education, Housing or Levelling Up, whatever that is. No, it is about putting protesters in jail and making it harder for… Continue reading Diary of a Corbynista
Ban Shaw Sheet
20 January 2022 Ban Shaw Sheet A plea. By Robert Kilconner I should, I think, start by declaring an interest because I am descended from the Spottiswood family after a member of which Spotsylvania, a county in Virginia, is named. I have never been there but, family loyalty being what it is, I expect it’s a… Continue reading Ban Shaw Sheet
20 January 2022 Letter to the Editors In response to Richard Pooley's letter in issue 307 regarding the North Shropshire by-election from J.R.Thomas Dear Sirs It is always nice to be closely read and careful notes taken; but as to descriptions of politicians, Mr Shastri-Hurst described himself variously as ex army, a medic, and as… Continue reading North Shropshire
20 January 2021 Crossword By Boffles Crossword No 308 Click for this Week's interactive online crossword Click for a printable version of this Week's crossword Click for solution to crossword 307 Available from Amazon at £6.55.Just the thing for winter.
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