Cover Page, 30 September 2021, Issue 295 Welcome to our latest edition. This week we consider: Sir Keir Starmer’s homework essay (marks out of ten?); road haulage and the unions; the Covid-19 data following this autumn’s return to school; why champagne doesn’t come from France; sense-of-humour failures (or undiplomatic insensitivity?); why homeworking will lose its… Continue reading Issue 295: 2021 09 30: Cover page
30 September 2021 The Road Ahead Starmer talks the talk. By John Watson Like his politics or not, he certainly writes elegantly. In his paper The Road Ahead published by the Fabian society, Sir Keir Starmer sets out his political philosophy. It is inclusive, it is decent and it positions him in the middle of… Continue reading Issue 295: 2021 09 30: The Road Ahead
30 September 2021 Union Men The Road Haulage Association. By J.R. Thomas Oh, you don’t get me, I’m part of the union You don’t get me, I’m part of the union You don’t get me, I’m part of the union Til the day I die Til the day I die Ah, the Strawbs. Where are… Continue reading Issue 295: 2021 09 30: Union Men
30 September 2021 Lies, Damned Lies and Coronavirus Schools back – Part 3! by David Chilvers Earlier this year, we looked at the impact of the return to school in March, following a two-month lockdown. This was our conclusion: As can be seen, the number of COVID-19 outbreaks in educational settings did pick up slightly… Continue reading Issue 295: 2021 09 30: Schools back – Part 3!
30 September 2021 Diary of a Corbynista Labour into the Wheelie Bin by Don Urquhart 22 September In addressing the UN General Assembly Johnson disagreed with Kermit the Frog who famously found it hard to be green. It is demeaning for our great country to be represented by such a person. In terms of credibility,… Continue reading Issue 295: 2021 09 30: Diary of a Corbynista
30 September 2021 Russian Champagne The sky is green. By Neil Tidmarsh In Len Deighton’s classic Cold War spy story The Ipcress File, the nameless hero is taken captive and imprisoned, presumably somewhere east of the Iron Curtain. He’s given food only if he agrees with his jailer’s declaration that “Sky is green, grass is… Continue reading Issue 295: 2021 09 30: Russian Champagne
30 September 2021 A Sense of Humour Losing it. By Lynda Goetz These days it would seem that a sense of humour is not only not required in diplomatic circles, but it is positively frowned upon. In the art world, on the other hand, you can apparently not only get away with it, but make… Continue reading Issue 295: 2021 09 30: A Sense of Humour
30 September 2021 Homeworking The blinding of commerce. By Robert Kilconner Hip, trendy, gathering pace and of the moment, one trend exacerbated by the pandemic is unlikely to go away in the near future. Even before Covid struck, the Government was promising reforms to encourage working from home. It now seems that employees will be… Continue reading Issue 295: 2021 09 30: Homeworking