06 July 2020 Letter to the Editor Bobbies Off the Beat from Lynda Goetz Dear Sir I have read the letter from Natasha Broke in which she criticises my article “Bobbies on the beat” and other articles which appeared in Shaw Sheet and would like to make one or two comments to put the record… Continue reading Issue 241: 2020 07 09: Letter to the Editors
Cover Page, 02 July 2020, Issue 240 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 240: 2020 07 02: Cover page
02 July 2020 Long-Bailey A knife in the dark? By John Watson Accident or assassination? That is the division which keeps crime fans on the edge of their seats in the long winter months. A full glass, the curtains drawn, a good fire and a novel by Christie or Sayers or Conan Doyle. Unbeatable! What… Continue reading Issue 240: 2020 07 02: Long-Bailey
02 July 2020 Let’s Have Competence Not Competencies. By Richard Pooley “But the opposite of incompetent is competent, no?” my German business client, Helmut, insisted. “No,” I replied. “Just ‘competent’ is not enough. You need to say ‘very competent’ or ‘really competent’.” This exchange came about because Helmut had described a British subordinate as “competent”… Continue reading Issue 240: 2020 07 02: Let’s Have Competence
2 July 2020 Murder at the Town Hall by J.R.Thomas A few weeks ago the Shaw Sheet ran an article on the New Normal, in which some of us – and you – expressed views as to what brave new world would emerge, blinking, after Covid-19 finally left us. Your resident cynic felt that the… Continue reading Issue 240: 2020 07 02: Murder
2 July 2020 Where to stash cash? The hunt for a return By Frank O’Nomics It is the ultimate financial Catch-22. You are cautious about your spending plans, job prospects and the outlook for your investments, all of which suggests that you should be holding a large buffer in cash. The problem is that cash… Continue reading Issue 240: 2020 07 02: Where to Stash Cash
02 July 2020 Opposition Opposed No to “No”. By Neil Tidmarsh Raise the minimum wage; boost pensions; encourage responsible attitudes to animals; prevent top officials from holding dual citizenship… Who wouldn’t vote for a package of such measures? This week the lucky people of Russia had the chance to do just that. Voting on dozens… Continue reading Issue 240: 2020 07 02: Opposition Opposed
02 July 2020 E-negotiations? Building in failure. By Robert Kilconner. More women directors? More accountants? A higher proportion of non-executives? Increased personal responsibility for managing directors? Better representation of the workforce? Name any corporate reform you like and someone will tell you that it will improve the standard of decision-making, or perhaps reduce the standard,… Continue reading Issue 240: 2020 07 02: E-negotiations?
2 July 2020 Diary of a Corbynista Leicester Incredibly Important by Don Urquhart 25 June In a long Independent article covering many aspects of Maxine Peake’s career and thoughts there was the following: “Systemic racism is a global issue,” she adds. “The tactics used by the police in America, kneeling on George Floyd’s neck that… Continue reading Issue 240: 2020 07 02: Diary of a Corbynista
02 July 2020 Time to Party! Probably not. By Lynda Goetz Well, this weekend apparently heralds the next phase of this extraordinary year and the ‘The New Normal’ for most of us – apart from those in the city of Leicester, who, for reasons as devoid of meaning as those which prompted my article last… Continue reading Issue 240: 2020 07 02: Time to Party!
2 July 2020 View from the Cotswolds Backfilling Brexit: Pie in the Sky By Paul Branch As Boris soars breathlessly on his laudable mission to avoid austerity and spend, spend, spend our way back to economic stability (any comments, Dave/George?), a small item on his shopping list is “1 satellite system, slightly used, cheap”. He… Continue reading Issue 240: 2020 07 02: View from the Cotswolds
02 July 2020 Social Distancing in Cumbria Week 15 by Vic Leader Lockdown is well and truly over. I am out and about, seeing people. Haven’t Zoomed all week. By next week most things will be open. But, for the foreseeable future, only subject to social distancing. My hair is longer than for many a… Continue reading Issue 240: 2020 07 02: Social Distancing