Cover Page, 8 July 2021, Issue 287 Welcome to our latest edition. This week we consider: whether the NHS deserved the George Cross or even something more; the latest Covid statistics; a lesson for Sir Keir Starmer from Batley and Spen; politics and commerce in Yorkshire; a bad week for Ukraine; wht abrdn mns: plus… Continue reading Issue 287: 2021 07 08: Cover page
8 July 2021 The George Cross Sanctification and 1%. By Lynda Goetz Last summer, people stood on their doorsteps once a week and clapped the NHS (well, there wasn’t a great deal else to do). Now, the George Cross Committee and the Prime Minister have, through the offices and instrument of the Queen, granted the… Continue reading Issue 287: 2021 07 08: The George Cross
8 July 2021 Lies, Damned Lies and Coronavirus The kids are alright? by David Chilvers This week, Boris Johnson outlined the plans to end the lockdown which started back in January. In spite of cases rising rapidly in the last few weeks due to the Delta variant, the view is that the vaccination programme has… Continue reading Issue 287: 2021 07 08: The Kids are Alright?
8 July 2021 Batley and Spen Starmer’s lesson. By John Watson Mr Micawber would have understood. Three hundred more votes: result happiness. Three hundred fewer votes: result misery. Three hundred is not a high number at all. Factors such as the weather, the spoiling campaign by George Galloway and the attractiveness of the Labour candidate… Continue reading Issue 287: 2021 07 08: Batley and Spen
8 July 2021 ‘Ey Up The White Rose. By J.R. Thomas It’s all go in Yorkshire, sitha lad. Two events with hardly unexpected results. In the heart of the West Riding, (never West Yorkshire), Labour held onto Batley and Spen at last week’s by-election, astonishing the commentariat, and a bit further north, Morrisons, Yorkshire’s very… Continue reading Issue 287: 2021 07 08: ‘Ey Up
8 July 2021 Ukraine 4-0 By Neil Tidmarsh It’s been a bad week for Ukraine. That 4-0 score. You have to feel sorry for them. Fate always seems to be against them. They have a history of home-grown talent wandering off elsewhere, for instance. Joseph Conrad, for one – a truly international-standard player born in… Continue reading Issue 287: 2021 07 08: Ukraine
8 July 2021 Diary of a Corbynista Ruled by a Tin-Pot Dictator by Don Urquhart 1 July Message Board responses to Corbynista in Shaw Sheet 284: Sunlounger: The government knows three crucial facts: all the opposition parties are more interested in fighting each other than holding the government to account; most voters don’t care about… Continue reading Issue 287: 2021 07 08: Diary of a Corbynista
8 July 2021 abrdn Oh dear! By Robert Kilconner “The investment manager formerly known as Aberdeen Asset Management” may not be exactly zippy but it is probably preferable to the new name of “abrdn” which Standard Life Aberdeen have just adopted. “To be pronounced ‘Aberdeen’,” they announce sententiously. I dare say that it will be… Continue reading Issue 287: 2021 07 08: abrdn