Cover Page, 03 September 2020, Issue 245 Welcome to our latest edition. We hope you enjoy its articles, features and puzzles. We’d like to introduce new writers, so if you’d be interested in contributing to the Shaw Sheet, on either an occasional or regular basis, please contact the editors at johnW@shawsheet.com for the writers’ guidelines.
02 September 2020 I Am Prejudiced So are you. By Richard Pooley Before you “cancel” me for such an outrageous accusation, ask yourself this: are you really so saintly that you are not prejudiced against any group of people, whatever the colour of their skin, their sex, their sexual orientation, their culture, their religious or
02 September 2020 The Inner City Time to repurpose? By John Watson As the government begins the push to get workers back into their offices, two quite difficult rationales are beginning to emerge. The first is to get the organisations for which they work back to full capacity, enabling them to carry on their businesses,
03 September 2020 Situations Vacant Post-lockdown opportunities. By Neil Tidmarsh “Get on your bike!” Norman Tebbit famously told the UK’s three million job seekers (your columnist was one of them but he rather over-did it, ditching his bike and travelling by train, ferry and bus on an epic thousand-mile Great Escape from unemployment) way back
02 September 2020 Biden’s Basement Bother Republican Roll. By J.R. Thomas Somebody should have told him. Running a presidential electoral campaign from your home basement, however sensible and prudent in these extraordinary times, is not a good look. Especially if your opponent is forever striding down the steps of Air Force One, no mask, looking
3 September 2020 Lies, Damned Lies and Coronavirus Death Rates by David Chilvers This week, we look at the factors affecting death rates from COVID-19 which, in spite of repeated assurances from politicians, are still not as clear as they should be some five months into the pandemic. Early analysis of death rates suggested that
3 September 2020 Diary of a Corbynista The Cummings Gang by Don Urquhart 30 July The next General Election will be in 2024 so it matters not at all whether the Prime Minister is accurate. The Independent reports: Boris Johnson has been reprimanded by the UK’s statistics watchdog for repeatedly making inaccurate and misleading claims about
03 September 2020 View from the Cotswolds Who’s in Charge?: A Man of our Times By Paul Branch So who controls this great United Kingdom of ours? Boris clearly thinks he does, having been declared Prime Minister twice and winning a general election, not to mention declaring himself Minister for the Union. But therein lies
3 September 2020 The Signal Elm by Philip Throp Back in the mid-60s one of my A-level set books was The Collected Poems of Matthew Arnold. Two key inter-related poems were “The Scholar Gipsy” and “Thyrsis”. The former is about a hill-walk often undertaken by the Victorian Romantic scholar-poet with his fellow-poet A. H. Clough.
3 September 2020 Getting a job in the City by Hilary Strong I was an unlikely new graduate applicant for an investment bank career in information technology (IT) at the end of the 1980s. I had opted for computer science and mathematics in my second year at university in a gambit to avoid cutting up