Cover Page, 17 September 2020, Issue 247 Welcome to our latest edition. We hope you enjoy its articles and features. 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. … Continue reading Issue 247: 2020 09 17: Cover page
17 September 2020 Keeping to Principles Or breaking the treaty. By John Watson Othello of course expressed it best: “Who steals my purse steals trash; ’tis something, nothing; ’Twas mine, ’tis his, and has been slave to thousands; But he that filches from me my good name Robs me of that which not enriches him,… Continue reading Issue 247: 2020 09 17: Keeping to Principles
17 September 2020 Who Next? It could be soon. by J.R.Thomas Many of our readers are no doubt careful and prudent investors. Your correspondent is not allowed to give investment advice, but nevertheless, here’s a tip. Those of you are holding Boris Ordinary Stock as a key part of your political futures, sell now. The… Continue reading Issue 247: 2020 09 17: Who Next?
17 September 2020 Covid-19 We need to learn to live with it. By Richard Pooley “Marseille’s Covid hospital beds ‘near saturation’” screamed a headline on the BBC website on 14 September. It was towards the top of the list of news items. On the same day the website of the French newspaper Le Point covered… Continue reading Issue 247: 2020 09 17: Covid-19
17 September 2020 Criminal Records A different approach. By Robert Kilconner The Government’s new white paper on sentencing reform is quite a ragbag. In many respects the agenda is to increase punishment, with longer minimum sentences for rape and the prospect of life sentences for death by dangerous driving where the driver was speeding or… Continue reading Issue 247: 2020 09 17: Criminal Records
17 September 2020 Belarus and Hong Kong A dilemma for Moscow and Beijing. By Neil Tidmarsh Moscow and Beijing face the same dilemma. What to do about the widespread pro-democracy protests in the satellite political entity (of ambiguous status) on your very doorstep? Inaction risks the spread of unwelcome ideas and unpalatable demands across the… Continue reading Issue 247: 2020 09 17: Belarus/Hong Kong
17 September 2020 Diary of a Corbynista Whose Bad Faith by Don Urquhart 8 September Korea has started to close down schools just as we open them. 9 September Johnson at the No. 10 podium again. Relentless repetition of admonitions and aspirations including something called a moonshot. It reminded me of a German colleague who… Continue reading Issue 247: 2020 09 17: Diary of a Corbynista
17 September 2020 View from the Cotswolds Woke …. moi? By Paul Branch This week I’d like to start with a short quiz, but again I’m afraid those under the age of 70 should look away now. The rest of you need to cast your failing memory back to the halcyon days of wireless in… Continue reading Issue 247: 2020 09 17: Woke …. moi?
17 September 2020 Punctuation, Book Clubs and the Booker Prize. By Lynda Goetz Sadly, Hilary Mantel will miss out on a hat trick in the 2020 Booker Prize to be awarded, rather later than usual this year, in November. She won with both the first and second novels (Wolf Hall and Bring up the Bodies)… Continue reading Issue 247: 2020 09 17: Punctuation, Book Clubs
17 September 2020 Myself Was Like… Minding your Ps and Qs in German. By Philip Throp What is officially acceptable in speech and grammar is judged these days by common parlance. Count me out. “Myself and my husband was like” won’t be acceptable to me until I hear Her Majesty saying it: “Myself and my… Continue reading Issue 247: 2020 09 17: Myself Was Like…
17 September 2020 Life in an Uncertain Environment Political Parties by Vic Leader It’s a new month, a new season and time for a new perspective. So let’s get straight in to it. I could never be a Corbynista. That said I could never be a Brownite, Blairite, Johnsonite, Mayist, Cameronesi, Davisist, Lucasade, nor yet… Continue reading Issue 247: 2020 09 17: Uncertain Environment