Cover Page, 25 February 2021, Issue 268 Welcome to our latest edition. This week we consider free speech, the latest Covid-19 statistics, spies, friendship, the death of John Keats, a Corbynista’s week and much more. Share this using…FacebookTwitterLinkedinemail
25 February 2021 Lies, Damned Lies and Coronavirus Schools back! by David Chilvers On Monday, Boris Johnson announced the return of all pupils to school in England from Monday 8th March. In contrast, two of the three devolved administrations have decided that pupils should return on a staggered basis, with primary schools returning first of… Continue reading Issue 268: 2021 02 25: Schools Back!
25 November 2021 Banning Speakers A case for caution. By John Watson “To ban or not to ban”, that is the question and a very difficult one it is too. It has always been recognised that there are some limits to freedom of speech; the law of libel, the Race Relations Act and the criminal… Continue reading Issue 268: 2021 02 25: Banning Speakers
25 February 2021 Bother in Brussels A deficit of democracy. By Neil Tidmarsh Earlier this month, The Times published an article by Peter Tiede, the chief political reporter for the German daily newspaper Bild. It was a blistering attack on Ursula von der Leyen and the EU Commission for their vaccine procurement disaster. His venom… Continue reading Issue 268: 2021 02 25: Bother in Brussels
25 February 2021 British Recovery Bonds Nice Idea – Needs a Tweak by Frank O’Nomics Underwhelmed seems to be the general reaction to Sir Keir Starmer’s “big idea”. Perhaps its because the press have had other issues on which to focus, but the column inches given to Sir Keir’s British Recovery Bonds idea have been… Continue reading Issue 268: 2021 02 25: British Recovery Bonds
25 February 2021 I Spy by J.R. Thomas What a wonderful winter it has been for spying. At least, for books about spying, a genre to delight readers and publishers alike. And bookshops, who apparently are having their best trading times since 2012. Let us hope that lasts, and even grows, so that as the… Continue reading Issue 268: 2021 02 25: I Spy
25 February 2021 Diary of a Corbynista An Accepted Risk by Don Urquhart 18 February I will not be calling James O’Brien on LBC any time soon. It seems that anyone vaguely socialist gets shouted down. It was the Sir Keir Starmer’s keynote speech today so a great chance for him to lay out his… Continue reading Issue 268: 2021 02 25: Diary of a Corbynista
25 February 2021 The thrill of discovery .. or the smell of a rat? By Paul Branch Following on from last week’s Shaw Sheet tiptoe through major capital undertakings, I came across an even more fanciful government idea aimed at generating cheap clean energy on a grand scale. Building a barrage across the River Severn… Continue reading Issue 268: 2021 02 25: Aria, Skunk Works?
25 February 2021 Focus on Friendship Time, distance and durability. By Lynda Goetz The other day I received a surprise email from some old friends with whom I have not communicated for a few years. They wanted to know if I would be happy for them to give my email address to a friend of… Continue reading Issue 268: 2021 02 25: Focus on Friendship
25 February 2021 To John Keats On the bicentenary of his death (23.02.2021) By Neil Tidmarsh I caught it off you, John, this word-virus. Fifty years I’ve suffered, searching, singing (Trying to sing), feverish on this night bus To joy and pain, beauty and loss. Dreaming. I’ve met other super-spreaders. The vain,… Continue reading Issue 268: 2021 02 25: John Keats
25 February 2021 Dictation Errors Putting the whore in. By Robert Kilconner Public amusement like fashion moves in cycles and today it is the turn of the dictation error. At least that’s the case for readers of “The Times” where the diary column has been publishing the best of the errors submitted to it by… Continue reading Issue 268: 2021 02 25: Dictation Errors