Cover Page, 25 June 2020, Issue 239 Welcome to our latest edition. We hope you enjoy its articles, features and puzzles. The Shaw Sheet would like to introduce new writers either on an occasional or regular basis. So have you got some spare time at the moment? If so contact the editors at johnW@shawsheet.com for… Continue reading Issue 239: 2020 06 25: Cover page
25 June 2020 Biden – Any Good? The curse of succession. By John Watson On the floor, next to my exercise bench, there is a copy of Anthony Eden’s autobiography Full Circle. It is there because it is exactly the right weight for particular exercises which my personal trainer has recommended but I never dip… Continue reading Issue 239: 2020 06 25: Biden – Any Good?
25 June 2020 Borderline Crazy Wild frontiers. By Neil Tidmarsh Last month, Poland invaded the Czech Republic. Polish troops crossed the border between the Polish village of Pielgrzymow and the Czech village of Pelhrimovy and set up a road block on Czech soil. They were first noticed on Thursday 28 May, by a Czech engineer… Continue reading Issue 239: 2020 06 25: Borderline Crazy
25 June 2020 Stumblin’ Along Biden his time? by J.R. Thomas It’s not going well. If there were a Presidential election that both main candidates could lose, this might turn out to be it. Joe Biden is busy… busy doing what exactly? Not a lot, seems to be the answer. He attacks the President, which… Continue reading Issue 239: 2020 06 25: Stumblin’ Along
25 June 2020 Has Boris Lost His Balls? What is going on? By Lynda Goetz “I can’t explain myself, I’m afraid, sir,’ said Alice, ‘Because I’m not myself you see.”* Boris Johnson could well have said the same thing, as he set out his wonderful and illogical list of things we in England (other parts… Continue reading Issue 239: 2020 06 25: Has Boris Lost His Balls?
25 June 2020 Make Mine a Triple! The consequences of ending the pensions lock By Frank O’Nomics “The pubs are open and the drinks are on you Grandpa.” “Why?” “Your potential 18% triple lock pay rise.” The taxpayer is ripe for the plucking. Gratitude for the NHS, furlough schemes, mortgage holidays and every other area… Continue reading Issue 239: 2020 06 25: Make Mine a Triple!
25 June 2020 Diary of a Corbynista Eat, Drink and be Merry by Don Urquhart 18 June According to the Guardian here’s Gavin Williamson’s answer to the schools problem: Government to fund private tutors for English schools Why are children educationally disadvantaged? Mostly it is because they have problems at home. They might be hungry. … Continue reading Issue 239: 2020 06 25: Diary of a Corbynista
25 June 2020 Withdrawal Methods Finishing the virus. By Robert Kilconner I have never been a Roman Catholic so I have no experience of the “withdrawal method” of contraception. Still, it sounds jolly difficult. Iron self-control at the moment of maximum excitement is not something most of us would find easy. Gandi, perhaps, or Saint… Continue reading Issue 239: 2020 06 25: Withdrawal Methods
25 June 2020 View from the Cotswolds Under Cover of Covid By Paul Branch With most of the news for the past three month focused on the virus, it’s not surprising that other things happen without the benefit of public scrutiny, be it in Parliament or by the media. Not that I’m saying this escape… Continue reading Issue 239: 2020 06 25: Under Cover of Covid
25 June 2020 Social Distancing in Cumbria Week 14 by Vic Leader This has been quite a momentous week. Covid is losing its monopoly of the news as more mundane matters compete: people dying at raves; murder in a park, (terrorist or a mental flip?); countries opening up tourism; US Presidential rally with barely an… Continue reading Issue 239: 2020 06 25: Social Distancing
25 June 2020 The House of Lords by Shawsheet This is our second Focus article highlighting this time The House of Lords. We asked people what they thought about the other place. John Watson There is only any point in the House of Lords if it remedies deficiencies in the House of Commons. Nowadays MPs… Continue reading Issue 239: 2020 06 25: House of Lords
25 June 2020 Origins of the Cult of Self-Promotion in Politics by Philip Throp All men dream: but not equally. Those who dream by night in the dusty recesses of their minds wake in the day to find that it was vanity: but the dreamers of the day are dangerous men, for they may act… Continue reading Issue 239: 2020 06 25: Self-Promotion
25 June 2020 Letter to the Editor Black Lives Matter from Natasha Broke Sir, Any number of recent (and not so recent political) events – 2016 certainly feels like a lifetime ago – have led me to take solace in my bubble. However, I used to take pleasure in being challenged by the different viewpoints… Continue reading Issue 239: 2020 06 25: Letter to the Editor