Cover Page, 6 May 2021, Issue 278 Welcome to our latest edition. This week we consider: Napoleon’s legacy of coups d’état; the need for forgiveness and positivity in debates and discourse, and for generosity in aid; George W Bush’s brushwork; the latest Covid-19 statistics; a Corbynista’s week; and of course our crossword and cartoons.
06 May 2021 Wallpaper or Curtains! And for whom? By John Watson No, they don’t. Because they are not complete idiots. The remark by the leader of the Scottish Conservatives Douglas Ross that the public “expect the highest standards of those in the highest office of the land” is either an absurd piece of wishful
6 May 2021 18th Brumaire Napoleon’s coup d’état. By Neil Tidmarsh A coup d’état in 2021? In a democratic European country? That’s what last week’s letter from scores of retired French generals and thousands of former and serving officers and soldiers seemed to be threatening. It appeared on the 60th anniversary of the failed coup
6 May 2021 Lies, Damned Lies and Coronavirus A third wave? by David Chilvers On 8th April, the SAGE modelling subgroup SPI-M published a paper which outlined a number of scenarios for the way COVID-19 might develop as the planned relaxation of restrictions takes place. In its summary, one of the papers’ conclusions is that
6 May 2021 The Racism ‘Debate’ Not Allowed By Lynda Goetz Last week I wrote about the art of debate and polite discourse and in particular, the importance of young people learning this. In the 1st April edition, I wrote about Race Relations, including in that a mention both of the Batley Grammar School dispute
6 May 2021 A Brush with Bush By J.R. Thomas He is a youngish man, by the current standards of Presidential candidates, and increasing numbers of Republicans are regretting that he is one of perhaps only two USA citizens not eligible for an office for which he has the ideal experience, gravitas, and appeal. He
6 May 2021 Diary of a Corbynista Piles of Dead Cats by Don Urquhart 29 April Email from a friend who is usually well abreast of the news: Your diary quotes with the ********* surprised me – I didn’t realise there was that angle as well as the money nonsense – Boris really is a
6 May 2021 The Quality of Mercy By Paul Branch According to the International Monetary Fund, in 2019 we were in the top five richest nations in the world in terms of GDP. Not bad for a little island of 65 million souls marooned off the northern European coast. Since those halcyon pre-pandemic days everyone’s