Cover Page, 17 June 2021, Issue 284 Welcome to our latest edition. This week we consider: legality, illegality and the procurement of Public First; a co-operative suggestion for Conservatism; Covid-19 data and that four-week postponement; a Corbynista’s week; post-lockdown consumer advice for the blingocracy; the joy of walking (especially in the West Country in early
17 June 2021 An Illegal Act? The appointment of Public First. By John Watson The adjective “illegal” is an exciting one in a political context. It has a smell of blood in the water, of corruption in high places. It gets the journalistic juices running. But sometimes the real issues get lost in the flurry.
17 June 2021 All Together Now by J.R. Thomas There is little sign of original thinking in the Conservative Party nowadays. The message seems to be “…and repeat”, as the government comes up with old ideas again and again, or no ideas at all. Though one cannot help admire the sheer gobblydegook of a policy
17 June 2021 Diary of a Corbynista World Beating Contempt by Don Urquhart 10 June Message Board responses to Corbynista in Shaw Sheet 281: Walsall: I was particularly amused by the comment from Martin Daubney, the former MEP, as described in the Fail, who wanted to praise the 2 England players who did not take
17 June 2021 Spend, Spend, Spend! Consumer advice for the blingocracy. By Neil Tidmarsh Oh happy days! The dam has burst, the log-jam has broken, the rivers of gold are flowing again! Ok, full relaxation has been delayed another four weeks, but let’s not forget – the shops are open, restaurants are open, pubs are
17 June 2021 Walks Long and short. By Lynda Goetz Today I saw my first Red Admiral of the year; a reminder that in spite of everything, life goes on, with or without individual humans, with or without extended restrictions. The walk I was on was a familiar one. I was taking our dogs for